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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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. Also at the bottom of the page is a small map showing the location of the site, and another which, page by page, traces the changing shape and arrangment of the continents. (I was fascinated to see Scotland finally bump into and attach itself to England down near the south pole in the Devonian period while the first fish were still crawling out of the seas. Amazing!)
At the front of the book there are short illustrated sections explaining the theory of natural selection, the different ways animals and plants get fossilised, and the history of evolutionary thought. At the back there is a large, colourful section which graphically traces the long and ever-branching lines of descent from single-celled lifeforms to the present ("cladistics"). There is a gazetteer of the sites, a more detailed description of each of the species listed, and a glossary of terms. In fact, there is enough here to keep you going for years.
The book is beautifully produced; the artwork is very attractive and will appeal I imagine to adults and children alike. It is informative and, being written in association with the Natural History Museum, I presume its science is reliable and up to date as well. What more can I say?
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.
I received this a a gift but my children often choose this as their bedtime book. It is fun to pick up and browse through or can be used for study. I really am confident that anyone who buys this will be using it for years. It is terrific value for money.
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