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Prehistoric Past Revealed: The Four Billion Year History of Life on Earth [Hardcover]

Douglas Palmer

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16 Oct 2003 1840007362 978-1840007367 First Printing
The reader is taken from the known and familiar past in the first chapter, peeling back the layers to the "terra incognita" of the deep past with its completely extinct life forms. Our human ancestry is traced back through different periods, focussing on different fossil environments, revealing how and when the site was discovered. Covering sites and discoveries from Europe, North America, the Middle and Far East and Australasia, the text is broken down into small digestible topics with box features. Timelines are included for every chapter and sub-topic, illustrating the age of our planet, as well as diagrams of the different stages of evolution.

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"Loaded with photographs and illustrations, this book reads like the program of an elaborate museum exhibit. Images depict great fossil finds, maps, and time lines, and the text provides clear exposition about what these artifacts tell us about our past. . . . Human history comes to light as Palmer surveys internationally famous fossil sites."--"Science News" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Douglas Palmer is Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and Supervisor in Natural Sciences (Geology) for Robinson College. He is the author of several books, including Fossil Revolution (2003); Neanderthal (2000), which accompanied the television series Neanderthal; Atlas of the Prehistoric World (1999); and The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals (1999); and Life Before Man (1997). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to the history of life 11 May 2013
By KirkW1 - Published on
I don't usually post reviews on Amazon, but felt compelled to do so when I saw that the poor author had received not one but two cretinous reviews (one criticizing the binding, of all things, the other the usual creationist trolling nonsense). In fact the book is a highly useful guide to geological time, the history of life and the various extinction events that nearly snuffed it all out. Lots of info on key fossil sites, important discoveries etc.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Introduction To Geological Time 4 Oct 2013
By Scientific Mind - Published on
I purchased this book through a bookstore and not on Amazon. I purchased this book for my daughter who will be beginning high school next year. A good book to introduce high school students and adults to geology, fossils and geological time. The book is well written and is published by the University of California Press.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Prehistoric Past Revealed: The Four Billion Year History of Life on Earth 26 May 2007
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For content and quality of printing, I'd give this book 4 stars, however, it is extremely poorly bound. The pages began falling out as I turned them very early in the book and continued to do so. I now have a loose collection of them. The 'book' will go in the trash as soon as I finish it, just because I can't stand the mess it has become. Definitely NOT worth the money paid, even though it was only about $14.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Suitable only as Laughter or as a Children's bedtime story 6 Feb 2012
By YumpinYoda - Published on
This is just the kind of material that has dumbed down two generations of high school and college students. Written to about a fifth grade level and chock full of the usual liberal global warming rubbish and 'if only the humans had not interfered with nature', etc, etc, blah, blah.
A typical example in Chapter 2 is about the the end of the mammoths circa 2,800 BC and the author says....
"Seemingly blind to what they were doing, humans continued to decimate the survivors (mammoths) until today's impoverished fauna was 'achieved'."

Palmer maintains that the deluge, or Noah's flood, probably didn't happen (God help us, it couldn't have, because it says so in the Bible), but then goes on twice to say that numbers of mammoths are found dead in waterholes and he "assumes" that they all fell in trying to get a drink. I am still laughing through my tears.

Don't bother buying this rubbish unless you want to regress to Neanderthal.
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