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A History of Life in 100 Fossils by Paul D.…

A History of Life in 100 Fossils

by Paul D. Taylor, Aaron O'Dea (Author)

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This may be better in the original. I tried to read the German translation. I think that more than anything else I wanted a drawing next to each photograph to show me what I was looking at. I gave up after about a quarter of the book. Yes, as we went along, the fossils did become clearer, but not fast enough to keep me reading. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Jun 30, 2016 |
I'm not sure whether to give this 3 or 4 stars - it's fairly light; just a page or so of text for each of the fossils. In the case of the ones I already knew something about, I could tell it was a nice overview. So...three stars. But it's a coffee table-type book, so why do I think there should be more depth? Plus, if it was the kind of book that DID go into more depth, I probably wouldn't understand it! Ok, let's go with 4 stars. ( )
  4hounds | Nov 8, 2014 |
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O'Dea, AaronAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kräbs, GudrunTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The history of all living things can be found in the ground. Epic tales of survival and migration, evolution, and destruction are hidden in the buried remains of animals and plants that lived long ago. This book brings together the most remarkable fossil discoveries to illustrate how life on Earth evolved. Paleontologists Paul Taylor and Aaron O'Dea explain the importance of each fossil and tell the stories of the sharp-eyed and sharp-witted people who discovered them. Discover Cambrian worms from China that provide a window on early animal life in the sea, ancient insects encapsulated by amber, the first fossil bird Archaeopteryx and the last ancestor of humankind. The fossils have been selected from the renowned collections of the two premier natural history museums in the world, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, and the Natural History Museum, London.--Adapted from book jacket.… (more)

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