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"PREY" - by Michael Crichton

by crowsfoot / April 25, 2004 9:54 AM PDT

Great book. I don't want to give too much away, but it's basically about nanobots. Here's an interesting (to me) passage. It's kind of an aside, from about half way through.

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"... accelerated... The first life shows up four billion years ago as single-celled creatures. Nothing changes for the next two billion years. Then nuclei appear in cells. Things start to pick up. Only a few hundred million years after that, explosive diversity of life. And more diversity. By a couple of hundred million years ago there are large plants and animals, complex creatures, dinosaurs. In all this, man's a latecomer: four million years ago, upright apes. Two million years ago, early human ancestors. Thirty-five thousand years ago, cave paintings.

The acceleration was dramatic. If you compressed the history of life on earth into twenty-four hours, then multicellular organisms appear in the last twelve hours, dinosaurs in the last hour, the earliest men in the last fourty seconds, and modern men less than a second ago.

It had taken two billion years for primitive cells to incorporate a nucleus, the first step toward complexity. But it had taken only 200 million years - one-tenth of the time to go from small-brained apes with crude bone tools to modern man and genetic engineering. That was how fast the pace had increased."

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Don't assume that Crichton or the book are preachy (like me). They're not. It's a great read. You'll like it.

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Yep. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 25, 2004 12:26 PM PDT

Read it when it came out.

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(nt) About 3/4 through it now - darn good readin'! :)
by MarciaB / April 25, 2004 1:50 PM PDT

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