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By one of Britain's most gifted scientists: a magnificently daring and compulsively readable account of life on Earth (from the "big bang" to the advent of man), based entirely on the most original of all sources--the evidence of fossils. With excitement and driving intelligence, Richard Fortey guides us from the barren globe spinning in space, through the very earliest signs of life in the sulphurous hot springs and volcanic vents of the young planet, the appearance of cells, the slow creation of an atmosphere and the evolution of myriad forms of plants and animals that could then be sustained, including the magnificent era of the dinosaurs, and on to the last moment before the debut of Homo sapiens. Ranging across multiple scientific disciplines, explicating in wonderfully clear and refreshing prose their findings and arguments--about the origins of life, the causes of species extinctions and the first appearance of man--Fortey weaves this history out of the most delicate traceries left in rock, stone and earth. He also explains how, on each aspect of nature and life, scientists have reached the understanding we have today, who made the key discoveries, who their opponents were and why certain ideas won. Brimful of wit, fascinating personal experience and high scholarship, this book may well be our best introduction yet to the complex history of life on Earth. A Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection With 32 pages of photographs

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Genre: Science
Author: Richard Fortey
Publisher: Vintage
Release: 2011-03-23
File: 400 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780307761187

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Invites readers to join NASA astrobiologist Dr. Chris McKay on a fascinating quest to better understand what factors are necessary to sustain life on both Earth and beyond. Simultaneous.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Pamela S. Turner
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
Release: 2008
File: 109 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781580891332

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Uniting the foundations of physics and biology, this groundbreaking multidisciplinary and integrative book explores life as a planetary process.

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Genre: Science
Author: Eric Smith
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release: 2016-04-30
File: 840 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781107121881

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A new, beautifully illustrated edition of David Attenborough’s groundbreaking Life on Earth.

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Genre: Nature
Author: David Attenborough
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Release: 2018-10-04
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780008294298

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Genre: Evolution
Author: David Attenborough
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release: 1992
File: 319 Pages
ISBN-13: 0002199416

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Approaches from the sciences, philosophy and theology, including the emerging field of astrobiology, can provide fresh perspectives to the age-old question 'What is Life?'. Has the secret of life been unveiled and is it nothing more than physical chemistry? Modern philosophers will ask if we can even define life at all, as we still don't know much about its origins here on Earth. Others regard life as something that cannot simply be reduced to just physics and chemistry, while biologists emphasize the historical component intrinsic to life on Earth. How can theology constructively interpret scientific findings? Can it contribute constructively to scientific discussions? Written for a broad interdisciplinary audience, this probing volume discusses life, intelligence and more against the background of contemporary biology and the wider contexts of astrobiology and cosmology. It also considers the challenging implications for science and theology if extraterrestrial life is discovered in the future.

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Genre: Science
Author: Andreas Losch
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release: 2017-07-31
File: 332 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781107175891

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Known for its thorough coverage of diversity, animal physiology, ecology, and environmental issues, this comprehensive book engages students in asking and answering questions during the course. Biology: Life on Earth helps instructors and students manage a wealth of scientific information in a manner that is both meaningful and long-lasting for students. The authors encourage students to learn according to their own style, and to relate this information to their own lives. In each chapter, the Eighth Edition of this trusted biology resource features significant content revisions as well as new figures and photographs.

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Genre: Science
Author: Teresa Audesirk
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Release: 2008
File: 116 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105123265782

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Looks at ways that human activity is affecting biodiversity and how that may play out in the future of life on Earth based on past instances of mass extinction, and also looks forward to the time when the Sun will no longer support life on the planet.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Michael Bright
Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree Library
Release: 2012-01-01
File: 48 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781410944269

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Genre: Life
Author: John Phillips
Publisher:
Release: 1860
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: UCAL:B3925884

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Reveals how all living things are separated into five kingdoms--all of which contain different facets of life on Earth--in a fascinating introduction to biodiversity.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Rochelle Strauss
Publisher: Kids Can Press Ltd
Release: 2004
File: 40 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781553376699

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