The UK publication date for the Ancestor's Tale (2nd edition) is 28th April 2016. In the US, the book is published by Houghton Mifflin, and due for publication on September 6th, 2016.
The Ancestor's Tale is a pilgrimage through the history of life, comprising meeting (
rendezvous) points, and
tales told by the creatures encountered on this journey. Almost every page in the first edition has seen changes in the second edition, with well over 100 new studies taken into account. Major additions include six new tales and a number of extra prologues and epilogues to existing tales. Advances in DNA sequencing and analysis has led to considerable revisions to the tales previously told by mitochondrial Eve, the bonobo, the elephant bird, and the lungfish (now incorporated into The Coelacanth's Tale). Scientific advances have also led to two new rendezvous points, as well as the merging or exchanging of one or two chapters in the first edition.
You can read more about the changes in this edition in the preface, or you can read one of the new tales:
The Ancestor's Tale takes its inspiration from the Canterbury Tales. The history of life on earth, and the process of evolution is illuminated and explored in over 50 short tales, recounted by the following diverse and captivating collection of creatures.
Follow the links below to investigate the tales in-situ, on the tree of life.
NB: items in bold are new or substantially changed since the first edition. Links will take you to the appropriate place on the tree of life.
Preface to the Second Edition
The Conceit of Hindsight
The General Prologue