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Darwin's Ghosts:The Secret History of Evolution

Rebecca Stott

In novelist Stott’s (The Coral Thief, 2009) non-fiction follow-up to Darwin and the Barnacle (2003), Charles Darwin is chastised for ignoring the contributions of scientists who contemplated evolutionary ideas before he published On the Origin of Species in 1859. To rectify the situation, Darwin added a brief list of his predecessors to a later edition of his classic work. Stott focuses on some of the men whom he recognized, including Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci, and naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace. “A colorful, skillfully written examination of the evolution of one of our most important scientific theories,” writes Publishers Weekly.