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Great moments in the history of life

Author: George H Shaw
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer ; Chichester, UK : Praxis Publishing, [2018] ©2018
Series: Springer-Praxis books in popular science.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A non-technical (but serious) treatment of those parts of Earth history leading up to human history, as well as some pre-historical aspects of humanity. Many "events" in Earth's history necessarily preceded the emergence of human beings (and intelligence). Geology has provided us with a great deal of information about these various steps on the way to intelligent life, and how and why they were important. Some of  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
(OCoLC)1079817853
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George H Shaw
ISBN: 3319992163 9783319992167
OCLC Number: 1044865548
Description: viii, 85 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: In the beginning...and somewhat later --
How to make a habitable planet --
Prebiotic chemical synthesis --
The origin of life --
Interlude --
Photosynthesis - the game changer --
The rise of oxygen and the origin of the eukaryotic cell --
Earliest plants and animals --
The Cambrian explosion and emergence of "modern" body plans --
The end of the Ordovician and the colonization of the land --
The Permian extinction and the rise of the dinosaurs --
End of Cretaceous extinction - the end of the dinosaurs --
The rise of mammals, the Genus Homo, and the ongoing extinction event.
Series Title: Springer-Praxis books in popular science.
Responsibility: by George H. Shaw.

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"A non-technical (but serious) treatment of those parts of Earth history leading up to human history, as well as some pre-historical aspects of humanity. Many "events" in Earth's history necessarily preceded the emergence of human beings (and intelligence). Geology has provided us with a great deal of information about these various steps on the way to intelligent life, and how and why they were important. Some of these events were on a cosmic scale (no universe - no life!), some were planetological/astronomical (no Earth - no life), some were essentially chemical (how did life emerge in the primordial ocean and why do we have oxygen in the atmosphere?), and some were details of evolutionary history (how did life colonize the land and how did mammals develop?). In this book an enthusiastic professor of geosciences presents a broad introduction from the Big Bang to the present and into the future, lucidly explaining aspects from various disciplines to interested, non-specialist readers."--

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