Synopses & Reviews
This series explains how the diversity of life on Earth has developed over millions of years, through a combination of gradual change and dramatic events. It reinforces student knowledge about the survivability of plants and animals in environments and provides a substantial background on the earth sciences, such as geological processes. It looks in depth at biological adaptation over time. Topics covered include: genetic variation and mutation; the role of environmental change both gradual and catastrophic; competition for resources; the distribution of organisms; the extinction of species; geological and fossil evidence; comparative anatomy; theories of evolution; and scientists at work today.
How has Earth and life on it changed? Why do plants and animals adapt to live in extreme conditions? What is "ballooning"? 'The Distribution of Species' explains why and how things live where they do - from scalding hydrothermal vents to the coldest glaciers. See how "ballooning," exploding, and rafting help species spread from place to place. Understand why rainforests play host to some of the most beautifully ornate dancing birds, and discover how Earth once had just one huge landmass. Life on Earth is constantly changing. It has been doing so for as long as we know and far before humans were here. Through the use of detailed case studies and scientific theories, the books in the 'Timeline: Life on Earth' series discuss how changes are studied, what the evidence reveals, and how such changes have had - and continue to have - an impact on Earth.