This is the story of life on our restless planet. Once upon a time, asteroids fell from outer space, creatures crawled from sea to land, dinosaurs roamed the earth, and the human species was born.
Writer Henry Gee will transport us throughout history, covering billions of years, from the birth of our planet to the evolution of life itself. He’ll tell us the unlikely tale of humanity: one of luck and perseverance. He’ll conjure a future beyond our imagining, a billion years ahead.
From disaster to hope, this is the most amazing story of all.
Are you sitting comfortably? It’s time to begin.
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Henry has been an editor and writer at the international science magazine, Nature, for more than 35 years. His books include A (Very!) Short History of Life on Earth (named The Royal Society Science Book of the Year 2022) and The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution. Henry has written for The Times, The Guardian and BBC Focus, and has appeared on University Challenge seven times!