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Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth

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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

"Extraordinary. . . . Anyone with the slightest interest in biology should read this book."--The New York Times Book Review

"A marvelous museum of the past four billion years on earth--capacious, jammed with treasures, full of learning and wide-eyed wonder."--The Boston Globe

From its origins on the still-forming planet to the recent emergence of Homo sapiens--one of the world's leading paleontologists offers an absorbing account of how and why life on earth developed as it did. Interlacing the tale of his own adventures in the field with vivid descriptions of creatures who emerged and disappeared in the long march of geologic time, Richard Fortey sheds light upon a fascinating array of evolutionary wonders, mysteries, and debates. Brimming with wit, literary style, and the joy of discovery, this is an indispensable book that will delight the general reader and the scientist alike.

"A drama bolder and more sweeping than Gone with the Wind . . . a pleasure to read."--Science

"A beautifully written and structured work . . . packed with lucid expositions of science."--Natural History

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1297832 Includes bibliographical references (p. 331-332) and index.

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Richard Fortey lives in London.

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DANE, May 31, 2015 (view all comments by DANE)
Richard Fortey's "Life - A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth" is a wonderful read. The New York Times review on the front cover says, "...anyone with the slightest interest in biology should read this book" and I completely agree. I haven't taken a biology class in 30 years and apart from the documentaries I've watched, I can't say that I've had much education in the field. Although the scope of this book is daunting, it's extremely accessible. I think what makes it so good is that it's not written in a straight-forward textbook style. There's much more of a story-telling element to it. It begins with a description of Fortey's first expedition to the Arctic Circle to hunt for fossils and within a few short pages any illusions you have of the romance of exploration are dashed. So well-written though! From there he takes us down the path from single-celled organisms to the present day. A truly fascinating journey!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375702617
Author:
Fortey, Richard
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Microbiology
Subject:
Life
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Life -- Origin.
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
science;evolution;biology;natural history;non-fiction;paleontology;geology;history;fossils;nature;popular science;life;earth;dinosaurs;earth history;ecology;origin of life
Subject:
science;evolution;biology;natural history;paleontology;non-fiction;geology;history;fossils;nature;popular science;life;dinosaurs;earth;earth history;ecology;origin of life
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
1853
Publication Date:
September 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
88 ILLUSTRATIONS (110 IMAGES)
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.97x5.16x.80 in. .79 lbs.

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