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Origins : the search for our prehistoric past

Author: Frank Harold Trevor Rhodes
Publisher: Ithaca : Comstock Publishing Associates, a division of Cornell University Press, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Fossils are the fragments from which, piece by laborious piece, the great mosaic of the history of life has been constructed. Here and there, we can supplement these meager scraps by the use of biochemical markers or geochemical signatures that add useful information, but, even with such additional help, our reconstructions and our models of descent are often tentative. For the fossil record is, as we have seen, as  Read more...
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(DLC) 2015046455
(OCoLC)930508863
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Harold Trevor Rhodes
ISBN: 9781501706233 1501706233
OCLC Number: 956737901
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 326 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Origins; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Defrosting the Mammoth; 2. Terrestrial Timepieces; 3. "From So Simple a Beginning"; 4. Classification: The Diversity of Life; 5. Spineless Wonders; 6. Bone, Scales, and Fins: The Early Vertebrates; 7. The Greening of the Land; 8. The Amphibian Foothold; 9. The Reign of the Reptiles; 10. The Air; 11. The Blossoming Earth; 12. The Rise of the Mammals; 13. The Mammalian Explosion; 14. The Leakeys' Legacy; 15. "Endless Forms, Most Beautiful and Most Wonderful"; 16. On Extinction; 17. "Have Been and Are Being Evolved": The Development of Life. EpilogueNotes; Glossary; Related Reading; Index.
Responsibility: Frank H.T. Rhodes.
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"Fossils are the fragments from which, piece by laborious piece, the great mosaic of the history of life has been constructed. Here and there, we can supplement these meager scraps by the use of biochemical markers or geochemical signatures that add useful information, but, even with such additional help, our reconstructions and our models of descent are often tentative. For the fossil record is, as we have seen, as biased as it is incomplete. But fragmentary, selective, and biased though it is, the fossil record, with all its imperfections, is still a treasure. Though whole chapters are missing, many pages lost, and the earliest pages so damaged as to be, as yet, virtually unreadable, this—the greatest biography of all—is one in whose closing pages we find ourselves."—from OriginsIn Origins, Frank H. T. Rhodes explores the origin and evolution of living things, the changing environments in which they have developed, and the challenges we now face on an increasingly crowded and polluted planet. Rhodes argues that the future well-being of our burgeoning population depends in no small part on our understanding of life's past, its long and slow development, and its intricate interdependencies.Rhodes’s accessible and extensively illustrated treatment of the origins narrative describes the nature of the search for prehistoric life, the significance of geologic time, the origin of life, the emergence and spread of flora and fauna, the evolution of primates, and the emergence of modern humans.

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