Darwin's Lost World
The Hidden History of Animal Life
Paperback ISBN: 0199548986
It greatly puzzled Darwin that the most ancient rocks, those dating before the Cambrian period, seemed to be barren of fossils when he would expect them to be teeming with life. Decades of work by modern paleontologists have indeed brought us amazing fossils from far beyond the Cambrian, from the depths of the Precambrian. Yet hidden in these depths is a great mystery--something happened around the Cambrian to dramatically speed up evolution and produce many of the early forms of animals we know today--and scientists don't really know what provided that spark. In this vibrantly written book, Martin Brasier, a leading paleontologist working on early life, takes us into the deep, dark ages of the Precambrian to explore Darwin's Lost World. Brasier is a master storyteller. As he explains what we now know of the strange creatures of these truly ancient times--540 million years ago--he takes readers to many far flung places around the globe, interweaving an engaging account of cutting-edge science with colorful and amusing anecdotes from his expeditions to Siberia, Outer Mongolia, and other remote places. As he shows, decoding the evidence in these ancient rocks--piecing together the puzzle of the Cambrian Explosion--is very challenging work. What they have discovered is that, just at the beginning of the Cambrian period, animals (mostly worms) began burrowing into the mud. Why they suddenly began burrowing, and how this might have changed the atmosphere, may be important clues to the mystery. Brasier gives his own take on the emerging answers, as one of the leading players in the field. A richly readable account of exciting expeditions and leading-edge science, Darwin's Lost World is a must-have book for all natural history buffs. "A rollicking account of Brasier's adventures seeking an answer to a question that vexed Charles Darwin." --Library Journal "Engaging." --New Scientist "If there is one book in this crop that Darwin himself would surely have appreciated, it is Darwin's Lost World." --Financial Times
The Complete Guide to Dinosaurs
Paperback ISBN: 1554074754
"Magnificent in its breadth and illustration." -- Booklist "A well-illustrated large-format book... A good book for a young person who is curious about dinosaurs." -- Choice No other life-form captures the imagination and attention like dinosaurs. Organized by the major dinosaur families, Dinosaurus identifies 500 species creature by creature, from the voracious flesh-eaters to the egg-stealers to the vegetarians, detailing what they looked like, what they ate and how they fought, lived and died. All this information is dramatically presented and exciting to read, with features such as: - At-a-glance fact files - Concise explanations of known traits and habits of each dinosaur species - Vivid full-color illustrations - Latin name, translation and pronunciation - Adult length and weight - Height specifics and comparison to humans - Diet and habitat - Global distribution. Dinosaurus also challenges and discredits some long-popular myths and legends. For example, this guide shows that: - The dinosaur known as brontosaurus never existed - Tyrannosaurus was not the biggest meat-eater of all time - Flying dinosaurs were not simply feeble gliders - Sea dinosaurs could not out-swim today's fastest fish. Brimming with the research from digs in North America, Mongolia, Europe, China and elsewhere, Dinosaurus is comprehensive, innovative and as compelling and exciting as the dinosaurs themselves.
Extinction and Evolution
What Fossils Reveal About the History of Life
Hardcover ISBN: 1770853596
Chronicles the work and discoveries of paleontologist Niles Eldredge, tracing the history of life through the lense of paleontology, geology, ecology, anthropology, biology, zoology, mammalogy, herpetology, entomology, and botany.
The Definitive Visual History of Life on Earth
Paperback ISBN: 075669910x
With an extensive catalog at its heart, Prehistoric Life profiles hundreds of fascinating species in incredible detail. The story starts in earnest 3.8 billion years ago, with the earliest-known form of life on Earth, a bacteria that still exists today, and journeys through action-packed millennia, charting the appearance of new life forms as well as devastating extinction events. Of course, the ever-popular and endlessly intriguing dinosaurs feature large, but Prehistoric Life gives you the whole picture, and the plants, invertebrates, amphibians, birds, reptiles, and mammals that are the ancestors of today's species also populate its pages, making this book unprecedented in its coverage of prehistory. Specially commissioned artworks use cutting-edge technology to render species in breathtakingly realistic fashion, with astonishing images of prehistoric remains, such as skeletons and fossils, to complete the story. To put all the evidence in context, the concept of geological time is explored, as is the classification of species and how the evidence for their evolution is preserved and can be deciphered.
101 American Fossil Sites You've Gotta See
Paperback ISBN: 0878426817
Examining in detail at least one amazing fossil site in every state, Albert Dickas clearly explains the critters preserved in the rocks, from sharks and rhinoceroses to trilobites and horn corals. At some sites, you can sift through the shale in search of fossils to keep; at other sites, you can watch professionals excavate museum-quality specimens.
Advances in Parasitology
Hardcover ISBN: 0128033010
First published in 1963, Advances in Parasitology contains comprehensive and up-to-date reviews in all areas of interest in contemporary parasitology. Advances in Parasitology includes medical studies of parasites of major influence, such as Plasmodium falciparum and trypanosomes. The series also contains reviews of more traditional areas, such as zoology, taxonomy, and life history, which shape current thinking and applications. The 2013 impact factor is 4.36 - Informs and updates on all the latest developments in the field - Contributions from leading authorities and industry experts
After the Ice Age
The Return of Life to Glaciated North America
Paperback ISBN: 0226668126
Tracing the return of plant and animal life to North America at the end of the ice age, the author demonstrates how increasingly complex life forms began to reclaim the land as the geography of the continent changed
The Life of Early Land Vertebrates
Paperback ISBN: 0470671785
This book focuses on the first vertebrates to conquer land and their long journey to become fully independent from the water. It traces the origin of tetrapod features and tries to explain how and why they transformed into organs that permit life on land.
A Dozen Lost Worlds Based on the Geology of the Bighorn Basin
Paperback ISBN: 1936218097
Rich illustrations reveal the history of Wyoming's geology, environment, and landscape Merging paleontology, geology, and artistry, Ancient Wyoming illustrates scenes from the distant past and provides fascinating details on the flora and fauna of the past 300 million years. The book provides a unique look at Wyoming, both as it is today and as was throughout ancient historyat times a vast ocean, a lush rain forest, and a mountain prairie. A unique collaboration between scientists and artists created a visual image of each stage in the region's paleohistory.