Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature

Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature

Brian Switek


“Switek seamlessly intertwines sorts of evolution: certainly one of lifestyles on the earth and the opposite of paleontology itself.”—Discover Magazine

““In pleasant prose, [Switek] . . . fantastically exhibits that ‘[i]f we will be able to enable cross of our conceit,’ we are going to see the preciousness of existence in all its forms.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Highly instructive . . . a hot, clever yeoman’s advisor to the growth of life.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Magisterial . . . half ancient account, half medical detective tale. Switek’s based prose and considerate scholarship will swap how you see existence on our planet. This booklet marks the debut of a big new voice.”—Neil Shubin

“Elegantly and engagingly crafted, Brian Switek’s narrative interweaves tales and characters infrequently encountered in books on paleontology—at as soon as a special, informative and wonderful read.”—Niles Eldredge

“If you must learn one ebook to wake up to hurry on evolution, learn Written in Stone. Brian Switek’s transparent and compelling e-book is stuffed with attention-grabbing tales approximately how scientists have learn the fossil list to track the evolution of lifestyles on Earth.”—Ann Gibbons

“[Switek's] debts of dinosaurs, birds, whales, and our personal primate ancestors will not be simply attention-grabbing for his or her wealthy historic element, but in addition for his or her updated reporting on paleontology’s most modern discoveries.”—Carl Zimmer

"After examining this e-book, you have got a unconditionally new context within which to interpret the evolutionary heritage of amphibians, mammals, whales, elephants, horses, and particularly humans.”—Donald R. Prothero

Spectacular fossil unearths make contemporary headlines; new expertise unlocks secrets and techniques of skeletons unearthed 100 years in the past. nonetheless, evolution is frequently poorly represented by way of the media and misunderstood by means of the general public. A powerful antidote to pseudoscience, Written in Stone is an engrossing historical past of evolutionary discovery for somebody who has marveled on the sort and richness of life.

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