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The Resource The history of life : a very short introduction, Michael J. Benton

The history of life : a very short introduction, Michael J. Benton

Label
The history of life : a very short introduction
Title
The history of life
Title remainder
a very short introduction
Statement of responsibility
Michael J. Benton
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
There are few stories more remarkable than the evolution of life on earth. This Very Short Introduction presents a succinct guide to the key episodes in that story - from the very origins of life four million years ago to the extraordinary diversity of species around the globe today. Beginning with an explanation of the controversies surrounding the birth of life itself, each following chapter tells of a major breakthrough that made new forms of life possible: including sex and multicellularity, hard skeletons, and the move to land. Along the way, we witness the greatest mass extinction, the first forests, the rise of modern ecosystems, and, most recently, conscious humans. Introducing ideas from a range of scientific disciplines, from evolutionary biology and earth history, to geochemistry, palaeontology, and systematics, Michael Benton explains how modern science pieces the evidence in this vast evolutionary puzzle together, to build up an accessible and up-to-date picture of the key developments in the history of life on earth
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Action
20111011
Cataloging source
DLC
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Benton, M. J.
Dewey number
560
Index
no index present
LC call number
QH325
LC item number
.B42 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Very short introductions
Series volume
193
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Life
Label
The history of life : a very short introduction, Michael J. Benton
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Index
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The origin of life -- 3. The origin of sex -- 4. The origin of skeletons -- 5. The origin of life on land -- 6. Forests and flight -- 7. The biggest mass extinction -- 8. The origin of modern ecosystems -- 9. The origin of humans
Control code
ocn244246651
Dimensions
18 cm.
Extent
170 p.
Isbn
9780199226320
Lccn
2008036166
Stock number
62901
System control number
(OCoLC)244246651
Label
The history of life : a very short introduction, Michael J. Benton
Publication
Note
Index
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The origin of life -- 3. The origin of sex -- 4. The origin of skeletons -- 5. The origin of life on land -- 6. Forests and flight -- 7. The biggest mass extinction -- 8. The origin of modern ecosystems -- 9. The origin of humans
Control code
ocn244246651
Dimensions
18 cm.
Extent
170 p.
Isbn
9780199226320
Lccn
2008036166
Stock number
62901
System control number
(OCoLC)244246651

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