A novel and ingenious history which tells the incredible story of locomotion in human and animal evolution, covering aspects such as the origin of flight, human two-leggedness, and the transformation of fins to limbs. 'An ingenious history of life's 4-billion year progress in getting from one place to another...'.
Despite the overwhelming diversity of life on earth, one theme has dominated its evolution: the apparently simple act of moving from one place to another. Restless Creatures is the first book for a general audience telling the incredible story of locomotion in human and animal evolution. Evolutionary biologist Matt Wilkinson shows why our ancestors became two-legged, why we have opposable thumbs, why the backbone appeared, how fish fins became limbs, how even trees are locomotion-obsessed, and how movement has shaped our minds as well as our bodies. He explains why there are no flying monkeys or biological wheels, how dinosaurs took to the air, how Mexican waves began in the animal kingdom, and why moving can make us feel good. Restless Creatures opens up an astonishing new perspective - that nothing in life makes sense except in the light of movement.