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on 2 November 2017
Beautiful and educational, although I expected more maps. The maps are very good and look a bit like Google Earth. Lines of modern lands are drawn in but not allowed to "take over" and disturb the general impression. Nice.
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on 14 November 2001
It will not be timeless in itself but the timeline this book provides is without a doubt very handy when reading about past times.
When I'm reading about ancient life forms that once occupied the earth I allways wondered where for example Africa lay 100 million years ago. This book provides an excellent view on how the world may have looked like during its existance. And it turns this also around by describing each period, and not only the dino-era, with the animals that lived then. The concept of describing the earth this way, accompanied with lots of illustrations gives a good idea of how nature might have looked and is very entertaining.
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on 15 February 2004
Although some of the contents have already been superseded by recent scientific discoveries, this is still the most accessible work available. There are two sections to the book. The first section introduces the reader to the history of the planed, how the continents moved etc. The second part is about the evolution of life. The book is fully illustrated with accurate yet beautiful illustrations of what it probably looked like at the time. Every page is put into context by placing a small timeline at the top of the page. Therefore, you will always know how long ago something happened. The book contains examples from around the world (a map of the location is always included). A comprehensive index and an extensive glossary complete this excellent book. It is suitable for anyone with an interest. No specialist knowledge is required to enjoy this book.
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on 9 April 2009
This book goes with the course book for the OU level one course on fossils. I got both books from Amazon and saved £120 on the course. Together they give you a very clear introduction to paleontology.
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on 26 July 2015
Wonderful book. Pages of glorious illustrations. Delivered on time for a ridiculously small sum of money. Thank you.
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