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At the Water's Edge: Fish with Fingers, Whales with Legs, and How Life Came Ashore But Then Went Back to Sea

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andlt;Bandgt;Everybody Out of the Pondandlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Iandgt;At the Water's Edgeandlt;/Iandgt; will change the way you think about your place in the world. The awesome journey of life's transformation from the first microbes 4 billion years ago to andlt;Iandgt;Homo sapiensandlt;/Iandgt; today is an epic that we are only now beginning to grasp. Magnificent and bizarre, it is the story of how we got here, what we left behind, and what we brought with us. andlt;BRandgt; We all know about evolution, but it still seems absurd that our ancestors were fish. Darwin's idea of natural selection was the key to solving generation-to-generation evolution — microevolution — but it could only point us toward a complete explanation, still to come, of the engines of macroevolution, the transformation of body shapes across millions of years. Now, drawing on the latest fossil discoveries and breakthrough scientific analysis, Carl Zimmer reveals how macroevolution works. Escorting us along the trail of discovery up to the current dramatic research in paleontology, ecology, genetics, and embryology, Zimmer shows how scientists today are unveiling the secrets of life that biologists struggled with two centuries ago. andlt;BRandgt; In this book, you will find a dazzling, brash literary talent and a rigorous scientific sensibility gracefully brought together. Carl Zimmer provides a comprehensive, lucid, and authoritative answer to the mystery of how nature actually made itself.

About the Author

Carl Zimmer writes for National Geographic, Natural History, Science, Nature, Audubon, and National Wildlife. A former senior editor at Discover, he has won the American Institute of Biological Sciences Media Award and the Evert Clark Media Award. At the Water's Edge is his first book. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: Life's Warps

1. After a Lost Balloon

2. Limitless Air, Ho!

3. How to Make a Hand

4. Darwin's Saplings

5. The Mind at Sea

6. The Equation of a Whale

7. Along the Tethyan Shores

8. Walking to Swimming

9. A Voyage Out

10. On the Trails of Macroevolution

Evolutionary Chronology

Glossary

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684856230
Author:
Buell, Carl Dennis
Author:
Buell, Carl Dennis
Publisher:
Atria Books
Location:
London :
Subject:
General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Juvenile literature
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Marine Biology
Subject:
Macroevolution.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
General Science
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st edition.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
163.
Publication Date:
September 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 charts andamp; drawings t-o
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.45 oz

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