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The story of life in 25 fossils : tales of intrepid fossil hunters and the wonders of evolution

Author: Donald R Prothero
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Every fossil tells a story. Prothero recounts the adventures behind the discovery of twenty-five famous, beautifully preserved fossils and explains their significance within the larger fossil record, creating a riveting history of life on our planet.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald R Prothero
ISBN: 9780231171908 0231171900 9780231171915 0231171919
OCLC Number: 900031557
Description: viii, 389 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Planet of the scum. The first fossils : Cryptozoon --
Garden of Ediacara. The first multicellular life : Charnia --
"Little shellies." The first shells : Cloudina --
Oh, give me a home, when the trilobites roamed. The first large shelled animals : Olenellus --
Is it a worm or an arthropod? The origin of arthropods : Hallucigenia --
Is it a worm or a mollusc? The origin of molluscs : Pilina --
Growing from the sea. The origin of land plants : Cooksonia --
A fishy tale. The origin of vertebrates : Haikouichthys --
Mega-jaws. The largest fish : Carcharocles --
Fish out of water. The origin of amphibians : Tiktaalik --
"Frogamander." The origin of frogs : Gerobatrachus --
Turtle on the half-shell. The origin of turtles : Odontochelys --
Walking serpents. The origin of snakes : Haasiophis --
King of the fish-lizards. The largest marine reptile : Shonisaurus --
Terror of the seas. The largest sea monster : Kronosaurus --
Monster flesh-eater. The largest predator : Giganotosaurus --
Land of the giants. The largest land animal : Argentinosaurus --
A feather in stone. The first bird : Archaeopteryx --
Not quite a mammal. The origin of mammals : Thrinaxodon --
Walking into the water. The origin of whales : Ambulocetus --
Walking manatees. The origin of sirenians : Pezosiren --
Dawn horses. The origin of horses : Eohippus --
Rhinoceros giants. The largest land mammal : Paraceratherium --
The ape's reflection? The oldest human fossil : Sahelanthropus --
Lucy in the sky with diamonds. The oldest human skeleton : Australopithecus afarensis --
Appendix. The best natural history museums.
Responsibility: Donald R. Prothero.

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Every fossil tells a story. Best-selling paleontology author Donald R. Prothero describes twenty-five famous fossils in a gripping scientific history. Recounting the adventures behind the discovery  Read more...

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Donald R. Prothero is one of the most talented science writers of his generation-as a paleontological writer, he has no peer. This is an engaging, attractive book! -- David J. Bottjer, University of Read more...

 
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