Frank Harold Trevor Rhodes

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Narrated By: Derek Perkins

Duration: 10 hours and 7 minutes

What to expect

In Origins, Frank H. T. Rhodes explores the origin and evolution of living things, the changing environments in which they have developed, and the challenges we now face on an increasingly crowded and polluted planet. Rhodes argues that the future well-being of our burgeoning population depends in no small part on our understanding of life’s past, its long and slow development, and its intricate interdependencies.

The book describes the nature of the search for prehistoric life, the significance of geologic time, the origin of life, the emergence and spread of flora and fauna, the evolution of primates, and the emergence of modern humans.

Origins is accessible enough for the layperson but also can be used as an entry-level text for students of evolution, paleontology, and geology.


Evolution, Biodiversity, Biology, life sciences

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“Perkins’ narration is successful…the coverage of ideas like the cultural impact of Darwinism are valuable.”


“An overview of the history of life on Earth for the nonspecialist reader…A highly readable treatment of an important and interesting topic.”

Michael Foote, University of Chicago

“Rhodes does far more than beautifully updating his classic 1962 book The Evolution of Life. He provides a new narrative of the history of life on Earth for a new set of generations.”