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The Book of Life: An Illustrated History of the Evolution of Life on Earthby Stephen Jay Gould
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The latest research and paintings prepared especially for this book highlight a new edition of the story of life on earth. "The Book of Life" explains how mammals, after surviving the impact of a massive comet, inherited the earth, and explains chains of animal survival, causes and consequences of adaptation, and more.
The Book of Life uses an exemplary fusion of art and science to tell the story of life on earth. The text, under the editorship of Stephen Jay Gould, provides a thorough understanding of the latest research and is accompanied by paintings prepared specially for this book. Never before has our planet's evolution been so clearly, so ingeniously explained.
The book explains how mammals, having survived a disaster — the impact of a massive comet — luckily inherited the earth. Next came the rise of madern humans, who would shape the world as no other creature has. As this fascinating history unfolds, gorgeous illustrations allow us to observe climate changes, tectonic plate movement, the spread of plant life, and the death of the dinosaurs. We discover the chains of animal survival, the causes and consequences of adaptation, and finally the environmental impact of human life.
A new edition of the beautifully illustrated depiction of the dramatic story of survival and extinction.
About the Author
(1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.
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