Almost Like a Whale

Almost like a Whale by Steve Jones is a modern introduction to Charles Darwin's Origin of Species and closely follows its structure.[1][2] It won the 1999 BP Natural World Book Prize.[3]

Almost Like a Whale : The Origin of Species Updated
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AuthorSteve Jones
CountryUnited Kingdom
SubjectOn the Origin of Species
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
576.8 21
LC ClassQH367 .J75 1999

An American version was published as Darwin's Ghost: The Origin of Species Updated (ISBN 978-0-375-50103-6).

The title refers to Darwin's observation that a bear, swimming in a lake and catching insects in its mouth, might conceivably evolve over time into a creature "almost like a whale". This statement attracted much ridicule at the time.


  1. ^ Radford, Tim (2011). "Almost Like a Whale by Steve Jones – book review". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  2. ^ Berry, Andrew. "Data Guy". London Review of Books. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Almost like a whale: the origin of species updated". WorldCat. OCLC 41420544. Retrieved 2021-09-06.