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Loving it, right from the preface which talks about how we decide what we know in science:I’ve suggested some of my own. You can accept these or not, as you wish. The question you face is that of a jury member: is this idea sound “beyond all reasonable doubt?” If you don’t accept an explanation for an event, you can leave it as an abominable mystery, with no explanation at all, or you can suggest a better explanation yourself.There is one caution, however. No-one is allowed to dream up any old e...
Excellent book. There are many good illustrative pictures included. The author is thorough in describing the creatures that lived on this planet long ago. Good introductory book. Now that I have a good base of knowledge I’d like to find more in depth books about the different periods in earths history.
This text is designed for students and anyone else with an interest in the history of life on our planet. The author describes the biological evolution of Earth’s organisms, and reconstructs their adaptations to the life they led, and the ecology and environment in which they functioned. On the grand scale, Earth is a constantly changing planet, continually presenting organisms with challenges. Changing geography, climate, atmosphere, oceanic and land environments set a stage in which organis
In a way this is one of the books I've been looking for for at least a few years. What I mean by this is not that I knew the title of the book and that I had a difficult time finding a copy of the book; rather, I wanted to read a great book about the topics covered in this book, and a book like this one was precisely the sort of book I was hoping to find. I was slightly worried at the beginning of this book that the coverage would be too superficial and that it would be 'too popular-science-y' f...