Evolution: The story of life Hardcover – 7 Sep 2009
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"If time machines were real, this would be the book to carry on nature hikes into the distant past."--"Natural History"
"This beautiful volume is worthy of any collector's coffee table."--"Library Journal"
"An exciting record of life on earth."--"Booklist"
"Stunning . . a wonderful tribute 150 years after Darwin published his seminal work."--"Wildlife Activist"
"Useful and engaging work."--"Reference & Research Book News / Scitech Book News"
"Overwhelming scope and depth. If not for yourself, and if not merely for the bizarrely reasonable price, I seriously recommend seeding the library."--Carl Mehling"American Paleontologist" (12/01/2010)
"This book is up to date and includes . . . current paleontological and systematic knowledge, all of it accurate and correct."--Michael J. Benton"Bioscience" (09/01/2010)
Overwhelming scope and depth. If not for yourself, and if not merely for the bizarrely reasonable price, I seriously recommend seeding the library. --Carl Mehling"American Paleontologist" (12/01/2010)"
This book is up to date and includes . . . current paleontological and systematic knowledge, all of it accurate and correct. --Michael J. Benton"Bioscience" (09/01/2010)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A book that no home, school, or library can be without A new generation of family natural history reference Four billion years of life on Earth in a super-panoramic scale A landmark publication to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species in 1859 and the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth Published in association with the Natural History Museum, London, one of the foremost centres of evolution research Features three special fold-out sectionsSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
It's unique - an extraordinary achievement.
If mine had been the first review, I would have just sung its praises. As it's not, and others have done that very adequately, I thought it would be useful, instead, to identify what the book's particular features are, what it attempts to do and what it does not.
Unlike so many other illustrated books on the subject, 'Evolution' doesn't show examples of ancient species in isolation. Open it up anywhere in its main middle section and what you get is a piece of artwork extending across a big double-page spread. Each spread reconstructs an ancient landscape populated by animals and plants discovered at a specific fossil site. A double fold-out near the back cover reproduces all these spreads on a smaller scale showing that side by side they form a single huge diorama. 'Evolution' is a beautiful as well as an informative book.
The spreads follow one another chronologically. Above each there is a timeline showing exactly where you are as you journey through earth's history. Each specific site is named and some of its features are briefly mentioned (climate, geology and ecosystem). At the bottom of each page is a keyed list which names and identifies all the plants and animals shown. There are short but informative descriptions of the site, the geological period it represents and some of the lifeforms depicted. There are small photographs of some of the actual fossils, and blow-ups of parts of the main spread which draw your attention to particular details.Read more ›
This book is a gem because it shows me what I can't imagine-particularly the changing flora and the whole biodiverse picture.
It's a book to skim through and also to savour when you have the leisure. It includes current knowledge such as reconstructions of Flores man as well as new insights on older information (mass extinctions).
I recommend it. It is definitely one to enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gorgeous book informative and beautifully illustrated.
Had a bit of a problem with the courier but kindly sent again with a different carrier
While this is an overall "ok" visual book on evolution, it isn't as informative and exiting as it could have been. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2012 by Thomas
a great dinosaur book that depicts in great detail not only the T rex and triceratops but from the beginings of life all the plants insects and pond life great detail on the... Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2011 by mark1000
The book has fascinated two lively children of eleven and eight. It is an excellent, engaging and colourful presentation of the principles and details of evolution, all based on... Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2011 by A. Edwards
The book was delivered quickly ,and in good condition .This is an informative very well illustrated clear and readable text . Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2011 by peterc