A History of Life in 100 Fossils

A History of Life in 100 Fossils

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A History of Life in 100 Fossils showcases 100 key fossils that together illustrate the evolution of life on earth. Iconic specimens have been selected from the renowned collections of the two premier natural history museums in the world, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and the Natural History Museum, London. The fossils have been chosen not only for their importance in the history of life, but also because of the visual story they tell. This stunning book is perfect for all readers because its clear explanations and beautiful photographs illuminate the significance of these amazing pieces, including 500 million-year-old Burgess Shale fossils that provide a window into early animal life in the sea, insects encapsulated by amber, the first fossil bird Archaeopteryx, and the remains of our own ancestors.

Baker & Taylor
Examines one hundred fossils of animals and plants that helped shape the Earth, with stories of how they were discovered and why they are important.

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Taylor and O'Dea have selected fossils that highlight milestones in the history of life, from its origins to the emergence of modern humans. They particularly emphasize the first and last fossils of their kinds, which allow paleaontologists to determine when particular types of plants and animals first evolved, and when those that are now extinct became so. A color photograph of each fossil accompanies text on about the species, its larger taxa, history, and place in evolution. In sections on Precambrian, Palaeozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic, the topics include the great oxygenation, ancient scorpions, halfway to mammals, sexual selection, grassed up, stuck in time, left-handed snails, and Sirenian slaughter. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: Washington, DC :, Smithsonian Books, in association with the Natural History Museum, London,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781588344823
Characteristics: 224 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm


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