Every fossil tells a narrative. Best-selling paleontology writer Donald R. Prothero describes twenty-five well-known, fantastically preserved fossils in a gripping clinical heritage of lifestyles on the earth. Recounting the adventures in the back of the invention of those gadgets and completely reading their importance in the better fossil list, Prothero creates a riveting historical past of existence on our planet.
The twenty-five fossils portrayed during this booklet capture animals of their evolutionary beauty as they transition from one type of organism to a different. We witness extinct crops and animals of microscopic and enormous dimension and exciting variety. We know about terrific land and sea creatures that experience no fit in nature this day. alongside the way in which, we come upon such interesting fossils because the earliest trilobite, Olenellus; the enormous shark Carcharocles; the "fishibian" Tiktaalik; the "Frogamander" and the "Turtle at the Half-Shell"; huge, immense marine reptiles and the largest dinosaurs identified; the 1st chicken, Archaeopteryx; the strolling whale Ambulocetus; the big hornless rhinoceros Paraceratherium, the most important land mammal that ever lived; and the Australopithecus nicknamed "Lucy," the oldest human skeleton. We meet the scientists and adventurers who pioneered paleontology and know about the bigger highbrow and social contexts during which their discoveries have been made. ultimately, we discover out the place to determine those perfect fossils within the world's nice museums.
Ideal for all who love prehistoric landscapes and enjoyment within the background of technological know-how, this ebook makes a valuable addition to any bookshelf, stoking interest within the evolution of lifestyles on Earth.