Prehistoric Life

Prehistoric Life

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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.
Published: London ; New York : DK, 2009.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780756655730
0756655730
Branch Call Number: 560 PRE
Characteristics: 512 p. :,col. ill., maps ;,31 cm.
Additional Contributors: Palmer, Douglas
DK Publishing, Inc

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mammothhawk229e
Jun 16, 2017

Cool! Only thing missing is microorganisms.

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Watson_20
Jun 29, 2016

Wow! The best book I came across about prehistoric life! Great pictures and info.. Well put together. Worth checking out.

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DLRW
Jul 20, 2015

Wonderful way to get introduced to paleobiology. Ideal for those who want a good visual of evolution through the fossil record. NOT the definitive guide to extinct species, but then again how could it be? The human timeline could have been built up a bit more. I have the paperback edition which is much easier to handle.

Rachelene Mar 10, 2010

OOOOOOOOOOOOH... SHINEEEE! But seriously, this is the mother of all paleontology/paleontobiology vulgarisation books. Well made, glossy paper, well illustrated, and reasonably up to date in a field where new discoveries are constantly made. It's a fine and complete introduction to the fascinating history of complex life on earth, and will invite you to go out and find more. Nice coffee table or bedside book, even if it's a bit heavy.

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