The river of Dawkins's title is a river of DNA, flowing through
time from the beginning of life on earth to the present - and
onwards. Dawkins explains that DNA must be thought of as the most
sophisticated information system imaginable: 'Life is just bytes
and bytes of information,' he writes. Using this perspective, he
describes the mechanisms by which evolution has taken place,
gradually but inexorably, over a period of three thousand million
years. It is the story of how evolution happens, rather than a
narrative of what has actually happened in evolution. He discusses
current views on the process of human evolution, including the idea
that we all trace back to a comparatively recent African 'Eve', and
speculates that the 'information explosion' that was unleashed on
Earth when DNA came into being has almost certainly happened in
other places in the universe. A bite-sized science classic,
narrated by the author. (p) 1998 Orion Publishing Group
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