Ian Tattersall is Curator Emeritus in the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The author of many books, including the widely praised Masters of the Planet, he is often interviewed about human evolution in the media and speaks around the world. He is the winner of numerous awards, and lives in Greenwich Village. Rob DeSalle is a curator in the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics and professor at the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History. He is the author of The Science of Jurassic Park and the Lost World (with David Lindley, 1997) and the coauthor of Welcome to the Microbiome: Getting to Know the Trillions of Bacteria and Other Microbes In, On, and Around You (2015), among others.
Quietly magnificent. -- The Atlantic, runner-up for the Best Book of the Year (Praise for Masters of the Planet) Tattersall and DeSalle are boundlessly curious naturalists. -- Neil deGrasse Tyson (Past praise for Ian Tattersall and Rob DeSalle) A brilliant and engaging account that illuminates and inspires. Read Tattersall and you will not see yourself, let alone our entire species, in the same way again. -- Neil Shubin, author of Your Inner Fish (Past Praise for Ian Tattersall) Admirable and lucid. A necessary corrective to the notion that the human individual is fully subordinate to genes and evolution. -- Shelf Awareness Looking at the role of chance in human evolution, the authors argue that the species has tremendous potential to change its behavior. -- New York Times Book Review A lively addition to the literature on the `unfathomable mystery' of human beings. Tattersall and DeSalle deliver a highly learned lesson in what we do and don't inherit from our parents. A concise and useful book of evolutionary science. -- Kirkus Reviews