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We are unprepared for the greatest discovery of modern science. Scientists are confident that there is alien life across the universe yet we have not moved beyond our perception of 'aliens' as Hollywood stereotypes. The time has come to abandon our fixation on alien monsters and place our expectations on solid scientific footing.

Using his own expert understanding of life on earth and Darwin's theory of evolution - which applies throughout the universe - Cambridge zoologist Dr Arik Kershenbaum explains what alien life must be like.

Observing fishes whose electrical pulses indicate social status, we can see that conditions on other planets might allow for communication by electricity. As there was evolutionary pressure to wriggle along a sea floor, Earthling animals tend to have left/right symmetry; on planets where creatures evolved mid-air or in soupy tar - to be ready to move in any or multiple directions - they might be lacking any symmetry at all. Dr Kershenbaum uses cutting-edge science to paint an entertaining and compelling picture of extra-terrestrial life.

Moreover, as The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy is the story of communication, intelligence, cooperation and technology, on earth and in space, we see how life really works - and what it means to be human.

©2020 Arik Kershenbaum (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • 18-06-2021

Loved the book - audio was a little quiet

I loved the book - interesting and thought provoking. I did have to pick the right time to listen though as the audio was a bit quiet and was at times hard to hear over background noise around me.

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  • 08-04-2021

Amazing!

I loved every second of this production . Lucidly written and exquisitely narrated, this is audiobook heaven.

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  • 15-11-2020

Essential listening

A fresh perspective on alien life which examines what elements from evolution on Earth are likely to apply on other planets. Clear and engaging at all times, the author is unafraid to include plenty of science fiction references, suggesting which aspects of imagined creatures may be likely and which less so. The biggest take away for me was how the existing Darwinian classification of species by way of genetic ancestry is clearly of no use when comparing lifeforms between distant worlds, and what approach should be used instead. But there was so much more. Not a single chapter went by without a citation or concept leading me to add more material to my reading list. It truly is a fascinating tour of evolution on a galactic stage. Brilliantly narrated too. Can't recommend highly enough.

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