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Restless Creatures: The Story of Life in Ten Movements by Matt Wilkinson

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Introduction

                    Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness . . .” So God created man in his own image.

—Genesis 1:26–27 (RSV)

That’s as much as the Bible has to say about the origin of man and why we are as we are: if we take the above verses literally, God just felt like making a species that looked like him. As explanations go, it’s pretty thin—one wonders, for instance, why God happened to be humanoid in the first place. Not that the rest of the living world fares much better. The only vague allusion in the first pages of Genesis to a possible link between an organism’s form and its way of life is the description of birds as winged. Such reticence is hardly surprising, given that curiosity is denounced ...

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