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Fossils have been vital to our understanding of the formation of the earth and the origins of life. However, their impact has not been limited to debates about geology and evolution: attempts to explain their existence has shaken religion at its very roots, and they have remained a subject of ceaseless fascination for people of all ages and backgrounds. In this readable and wide-ranging book, Keith Thomson provides a remarkably all-encompassing explanation of fossils as a phenomenon. How did Darwin use fossils to support his theory of evolution? What are "living fossils"? What fossils will we leave behind for future generations to examine? Beyond the scientific aspects, Thomson highlights the impact of fossils on philosophy and mythology, our concept of time, and today's popular culture. From the black market to the Piltdown Man, and from mythological dragons to living dinosaurs, fossils hold a permanent place in the popular imagination.

About the Author

Keith Thomas is Emeritus Professor of Natural History at the University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. A cultural phenomenon

3. In the popular imagination

4. Some things we know, some things we don't

5. Against the odds

6. Bringing fossils to life

7. Evolving

8. Of molecules and man

9. Fakes and fortunes

10. Back to the future

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780192805041
Author:
Thomson, Keith Stewart
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Thomson, Keith
Subject:
Fossils
Subject:
Fossilization.
Subject:
Life Sciences | Ecology | Natural History
Subject:
Geology-Fossils
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
20051231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 halftones, 5 line illus.
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
4.300 x 6.800 in 0.300 lb

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