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A new history of life : the radical new discoveries about the origins and evolution of life on earth

Author: Peter D Ward; Joseph L Kirschvink
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2015.
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Charles Darwin's theories, first published more than 150 years ago, form the backbone of how we understand the history of the Earth. In reality, the currently accepted history of life on Earth is so flawed, so out of date, that it's past time we need a 'New History of Life.'In their latest book, Joe Kirschvink and Peter Ward will show that many of our most cherished beliefs about the evolution of life are wrong.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Ward, Peter D. (Peter Douglas), 1949-
New history of life
(DLC) 2014029828
(OCoLC)849210355
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter D Ward; Joseph L Kirschvink
ISBN: 9781608199082 1608199088 9781408842805 1408842807
OCLC Number: 903535871
Description: 1 online resource.
Responsibility: Peter Ward & Joe Kirschvink.

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Charles Darwin's theories, first published more than 150 years ago, form the backbone of how we understand the history of the Earth. In reality, the currently accepted history of life on Earth is so flawed, so out of date, that it's past time we need a 'New History of Life.'In their latest book, Joe Kirschvink and Peter Ward will show that many of our most cherished beliefs about the evolution of life are wrong. Gathering and analyzing years of discoveries and research not yet widely known to the public, A New History of Life proposes a different origin of species than the one Darwin proposed, one which includes eight-foot-long centipedes, a frozen "snowball Earth'', and the seeds for life originating on Mars.Drawing on their years of experience in paleontology, biology, chemistry, and astrobiology, experts Ward and Kirschvink paint a picture of the origins life on Earth that are at once too fabulous to imagine and too familiar to dismiss'and looking forward, A New History of Life brilliantly assembles insights from some of the latest scientific research to understand how life on Earth can and might evolve far into the future.

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