Oh my goodness, this just sends shivers all over as I imagine the journey with the author and wonder at the special knowledge that allows us to understand our rich history and value it's development into such diversity. This knowing presents a story so far superior to any that humans can create in our imaginations.
In this article, the author mentions Richard Dawkins' book The Ancestors Tale. I've read it. It's a fascinating book. It will give you a sense of really feeling "connected" to all forms of life on this planet, past and present.
Nice piece more inspiring than anything in the Buybull. Let the theists read it and cringe!