Humans like to think they’re exceptional – but is there really anything special about our species?
According to Adam Rutherford, humans are a fairly fragile twig on a family tree that encompasses all organisms, rooted in a single origin with a common code that underwrites our existence. This paradox – that our biology is linked to all life, yet we consider ourselves to be special – lies at the heart of what we are.
In The Book of Humans – The Story Of How We Became Us, Rutherford explores how many of the things once considered exclusively human are in fact, not, and tells the story, in the most entertaining way, of how we became the creatures we are today. Orion, R330.