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S11:E05, “The Tangled Tree” edition, with David Quammen (audio)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 16 September 2018

Streamed live on 6 September 2018.

David Quammen returned to “Read Science!” to discuss his latest book with us, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life. When the subject is the entire history of life on Earth, you know we had lots to talk about: the discovery of Archaea as the (contentious) “Third Domain of LIfe” (along with Eukarya an Prokarya), endosymbiosis, and horizontal gene transfer, plus all the stuff in between and all the scientists involved in updating our understanding of evolution and the inadequacies of “The Tree of Life”. As usual, we had a spirited discussion that ran out of time well before we ran out of things to talk about.

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