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Author of 'Am I a Monkey?' explores questions of life
Author of 'Am I a Monkey?' explores questions of life

On the cover of his new book, Francisco Ayala is sticking a banana on a fork and asking: Am I a monkey? He asks five other straightforward questions about evolution — laying out for the general public the most commonly discussed topics surrounding how human life came to be.Though the title might seem funny — "Am I a Monkey? Six Big Questions about Evolution" ( Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) — the book is serious. Among other things, Ayala tackles the tension between religion and science, taking a softer position than some other scientists, notably British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins.Ayala, an evolutionary biologist at UC Irvine, recently talked with The Times.What are...

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