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Making Eden : how plants transformed a barren planet

Author: D J Beerling
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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From the first tiny green scouts that clung to watery banks, plants spread across the land, opening their leaves to the sun, growing tall, turning the world green. How did plants accomplish this extraordinary feat? The author takes us through the story, from the first tentative steps of moss-like plants to the bold march of forests, the appearance of flowers adding a riot of colors, and the spread of grasses. It is  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D J Beerling
ISBN: 019879830X 9780198798309
OCLC Number: 1047554111
Description: xii, 257 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: All flesh is grass --
Fifty shades of green --
Genomes decoded --
Ancient genes, new plants --
Gas valves --
Ancestral alliances --
Sculpting climate --
Eden under siege. Simplified geologic timescale from the Cambrian --
Endnotes --
FIgure credits --
Plate credits --
Publisher's acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: David Beerling.

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Plants are absolutely fundamental to the functioning of life on earth. But how did the earliest plants first emerge from water and conquer the continents? Using the latest research, David Beerling  Read more...

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