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Aquagenesis: The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Seaby Richard Ellis
Synopses & Reviews
Life on earth began in the sea, and in this tour de force of natural history, authority on marine biology and illustrator Richard Ellis chronicles more than three billion years of aquatic history. From the first microbes and jawless fishes that evolved into the myriad species we know today-sharks, whales, dolphins, and, of course, humans-Ellis reveals the deep evolutionary mysteries of the sea. Encyclopedic in scope and complemented by more than sixty drawings, Aquagenesis is a fascinating work that will astonish readers with the wonder, richness, and complexity of the evolution of life.
"Quite simply, the best account we now have of the origins of human life." (Te Christian Science Monitor)
Book News Annotation:
A respected marine biology expert and artist traces the evolutionary path of sea life from the first microbes to the finless and jawless life forms that evolved into modern sharks, whales, penguins, seals, and humans. Writing for general readers with an interest in science, Ellis explains how some animals, having emerged from the sea and adapted to life on land, returned to the sea and again adapted to aquatic existence. Ellis depicts some of these fascinating creatures—such as the Helicoprion, a prehistoric shark with spiral saw teeth—in his detailed black and white illustrations. He explains that the source of our conception of many of these animals comes from a mixture of fossil records and conjecture. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The celebrated authority on marine biology presents this tour de force of natural history, in which he chronicles more than three billion years of aquatic history, revealing the deep evolutionary mysteries of the sea. Line drawings.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -292) and index.
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