Fossils are the fragments from which, piece by laborious piece, the great mosaic of the history of life has been constructed Here and there, we can supplement these meager scraps by the use of biochemical markers or geochemical signatures that add useful information, but, even with such additional help, our reconstructions and our models of descent are often tentative For the fossil record is, as we have seen, as biased as it is incomplete But fragmentary, selective, and biased though it is, the fossil record, with all its imperfections, is still a treasure Though whole chapters are missing, many pages lost, and the earliest pages so damaged as to be, as yet, virtually unreadable, this the greatest biography of all is one in whose closing pages we find ourselves from OriginsIn Origins, Frank H T Rhodes explores the origin and evolution of living things, the changing environments in which they have developed, and the challenges we now face on an increasingly crowded and polluted planet Rhodes argues that the future well being of our burgeoning population depends in no small part on our understanding of life s past, its long and slow development, and its intricate interdependencies.Rhodes s accessible and extensively illustrated treatment of the origins narrative describes the nature of the search for prehistoric life, the significance of geologic time, the origin of life, the emergence and spread of flora and fauna, the evolution of primates, and the emergence of modern humans....
|Title||:||Origins: The Search for Our Prehistoric Past|
|Publisher||:||Comstock Publishing Associates 1 edition July 29, 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||344 pages|
|File Size||:||772 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Origins: The Search for Our Prehistoric Past Reviews
This book is about how life evolved to what it is today. It is a rather comprehensive look at biology. When author Frank Rhodes writes to explain, his writing is very clear, and the text very well written. However, when he goes through all the details of the life forms, their fossils and how they evolved, I got bogged down in the details. Nonetheless I enjoyed the book. I also found the book well illustrated.
Another outstanding book from a remarkably knowledgeable and talented author. The book is filled with fascinating vignettes ranging from a frozen baby mammoth named Lyuba in Siberia to the amazing Cambrian explosion revealed in the Burgess Shale of British Columbia. Well-illustrated and superbly written, this is obviously a work of love and is incredibly readable. If you're looking for a superb tutorial on the evolution and development of life on our planet, you couldn't find a better one. I recommend it whole-heartedly - you won't be disappointed.
Origins is an extensive look into our past - through fossils.