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Life on Earth: A Natural History Hardcover – 1 Sep 1988
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A history of evolution and animal life on earth examines the development, characteristics and evolutionary sophistication and adaptation of animals in each major biological group.
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6 March 2018
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This book is the best possible introduction to biology for the beginner, BUT IT IS EVEN BETTER FOR TEACHERS. Attenborough has a very special knack for explaining things in a brilliant and unexpected way - and that lasts in the mind of the students. One of my favorites is the one about the caterpillars/larvae: why on earth do they exist - in between the egg and the final insect? Well, they are in fact "moving, eating eggs": since the insect egg is so small (and cannot be bigger because of size of mother), it could not but deliver a most diminutive final insect. So, instead, the egg hatches into a grub, which has the insect (eating) head but for the rest is just a moving resevoir for food. Like the egg-yoke in birds, the content of the grub will used (once the caterpillar is large enough) to make/feed the final insect; and the pupa plays the role of the bird egg, out of which the final insect hatches. Isn't this a most brilliant explanation? Instead of just "learning" the "buttefly life cycle", without ever understanding WHY? Attenborough is the most fantastic teacher one could get.
30 March 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This book, published as a companion to the TV series, has all of the hallmarks that we expect from David Attenborough. It manages to convey, with remarkable clarity, the history of life from millions of years ago to the present day. As an introduction to such a complex subject it is very easy to understand and the full colour pictures are a joy to see. It is inspiring but never condescending and is very highly recommended by me.
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If you’re familiar with the work of David Attenborough then you know roughly what to expect here. This is basically the great naturalist’s narrative on how life on earth came...Read more
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