Life A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth
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Description: A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice "Extraordinary. . . . Anyone with the slightest interest in biology should read this book."--The New York Times Book Review "A marvelous museum of the past four billion years on earth--capacious, jammed with treasures, full of learning and wide-eyed wonder."--The Boston Globe From its origins on the still-forming planet to the recent emergence of Homo sapiens--one of the world's leading paleontologists offers an absorbing account of how and why life on earth developed as it did. Interlacing the tale of his own adventures in the field with vivid descriptions of creatures who emerged and disappeared in the long march of geologic time, Richard Fortey sheds light upon a fascinating array of evolutionary wonders, mysteries, and debates. Brimming with wit, literary style, and the joy of discovery, this is an indispensable book that will delight the general reader and the scientist alike. "A drama bolder and more sweeping than Gone with the Wind . . . a pleasure to read."--Science "A beautifully written and structured work . . . packed with lucid expositions of science."--Natural History
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/7/1999
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Richard Fortey is a senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London.
|List of Illustrations|
|The Everlasting Sea|
|Dust of Life|
|Cells, Tissues, Bodies|
|My Animals and Other Families|
|Silent Forests, Crowded Oceans|
|The Great Continent|
|Monstrous and Modest|
|Theories of the End|
|Wheels of Chance|
|Suggestions for Further Reading|