Extinction and Evolution

Extinction and Evolution

What Fossils Reveal About the History of Life

Book - 2014
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"This book is a splendidly illustrated and thoughtfully constructed account of one of the greatest ideas ever conceived by the human mind -- evolution. Eldredge has cleverly combined our knowledge of living organisms with instructive insights into the fossil record to convincingly argue that evolution is, indeed, the grand unifying idea of biology."
-- Donald C. Johanson, Founder of the Institute of Human Origins, and author of From Lucy to Language

Extinction and Evolution recounts the work and discoveries of Niles Eldredge, one of the world's most renowned paleontologists, whose research overturned Charles Darwin's theory of evolution as a slow and inevitable process, as published in On the Origin of Species in 1859. Darwin had concluded that evolutionary changes happened very slowly over millions of years. Eldredge's work, however, convinced him that Darwin was wrong and that major evolution of life forms does not happen to any significant degree until after a mass extinction event, thus disproving the traditional view of evolution.

Eldredge's groundbreaking work is now accepted as the definitive statement of how life as we know it evolved on Earth. This book chronicles how Eldredge made his discoveries and traces the history of life through the lenses of paleontology, geology, ecology, anthropology, biology, genetics, zoology, mammalogy, herpetology, entomology and botany. While rigorously accurate, the text is accessible, engaging and free of jargon.

Extinction and Evolution features 160 beautiful color plates that bridge the gap between science and art, and show more than 200 different fossil specimens, including photographs of some of the most significant fossil discoveries of recent years. This is a book with appeal to a broad general audience, including natural history readers and students.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ontario ; Buffalo, New York : Firefly Books Ltd., 2014
ISBN: 9781770853591
Call Number: 560 EL24e
Characteristics: 256 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Zimmer, Carl 1966-


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Dec 23, 2019

The photographs are lovely. There are a few glaring typos (38 million years that should be 380). I learned a lot about how evolution works.

Jun 02, 2016

Wow! Cool book about fossils! I like fossils. Full of info. and history about fossils. I enjoyed this book and read. I find fossils fascinating.


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