The Story of Life in 25 Fossils: Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution

The Story of Life in 25 Fossils: Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution


Every fossil tells a narrative. Best-selling paleontology writer Donald R. Prothero describes twenty-five well-known, superbly preserved fossils in a gripping medical heritage of lifestyles on the earth. Recounting the adventures in the back of the invention of those items and entirely analyzing their value in the better fossil list, Prothero creates a riveting historical past of existence on our planet.

The twenty-five fossils portrayed during this booklet seize animals of their evolutionary beauty as they transition from one type of organism to a different. We witness extinct vegetation and animals of microscopic and large measurement and exciting range. We find out about very good land and sea creatures that experience no fit in nature this day. alongside the way in which, we stumble upon such attention-grabbing fossils because the earliest trilobite, Olenellus; the large shark Carcharocles; the "fishibian" Tiktaalik; the "Frogamander" and the "Turtle at the Half-Shell"; huge, immense marine reptiles and the most important dinosaurs recognized; the 1st fowl, Archaeopteryx; the strolling whale Ambulocetus; the big hornless rhinoceros Paraceratherium, the biggest land mammal that ever lived; and the Australopithecus nicknamed "Lucy," the oldest human skeleton. We meet the scientists and adventurers who pioneered paleontology and find out about the bigger highbrow and social contexts within which their discoveries have been made. ultimately, we discover out the place to determine those perfect fossils within the world's nice museums.

Ideal for all who love prehistoric landscapes and enjoyment within the background of technology, this e-book makes a valuable addition to any bookshelf, stoking interest within the evolution of lifestyles on Earth.

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