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How the Earth Turned Green: A Brief 3.8-Billion-Year History of Plants (Paperback)
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How the Earth Turned Green: A Brief 3.8-Billion-Year History of Plants (Paperback)

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Paperback 576 Pages / Published: 26/09/2014
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On this blue planet, long before pterodactyls took to the skies and tyrannosaurs prowled the continents, tiny green organisms populated the ancient oceans. Fossil and phylogenetic evidence suggests that chlorophyll, the green pigment responsible for coloring these organisms, has been in existence for some 85 per cent of Earth's long history - that is, for roughly 3.8 billion years. In How the Earth Turned Green, Joseph E. Armstrong traces the history of these verdant organisms, which many would call plants, from their ancient beginnings to the diversity of green life that inhabits the Earth today. Using an evolutionary framework, How the Earth Turned Green addresses questions such as: Should all green organisms be considered plants? Why do these organisms look the way they do? How are they related to one another and to other chlorophyll-free organisms? How do they reproduce? How have they changed and diversified over time? And how has the presence of green organisms changed the Earth's ecosystems? More engaging than a traditional textbook and displaying an astonishing breadth, How the Earth Turned Green will both delight and enlighten embryonic botanists and any student interested in the evolutionary history of plants.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226069777
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 794 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm


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"Armstrong . . . aims his book squarely at plant-blind readers, who see plants as just a green background to life. . . . [He] deftly entertains his readers with a balanced discussion of plant life on Earth, from cyanobacteria and stromatolites to flowering plants. . . . How the Earth Turned Green will make many a reader aware of the importance of plants to the history of this planet."--J. Valauskas, Curator of Rare Books, Library, Chicago Botanic Garden "Current Books on Gardening and Botany "
"An impressive work that is clearly a labor of love. . . . Armstrong provides a big-picture overview of life on Earth through green-colored glasses, yielding a work that is accessible, scientifically rigorous, and philosophically piquant. Whether used as recreational reading or as a framework for an advanced undergrad or early graduate study course, How the Earth Turned Green is well worth reading for anyone attracted to the 'green background' through which we move."--Sean T. Hammond, Oregon State University "BioScience "
"A salient summary of the important concepts that should guide even a college professor teaching introductory biology. . . . How the Earth Turned Green should be required reading for all pre-service biology teachers and on the bookshelf of all K-16 science instructors. . . . Armstrong presents us with a unique approach to the plant kingdom. His refreshing wit and straightforward commentary lead the reader through an evolutionary explanation of why a predominant color of earth is green. His goal is to foster deeper understanding of key concepts, and he raises, and answers, many obvious questions that are almost never asked. As a doctor of botany, I enthusiastically prescribe this book to treat the widespread symptoms of 'Plant Blindness.'"--Marshall D. Sundberg, Emporia State University "Reports of the National Center for Science Education "
"Spoiler alert! This book could seriously change your view of what a textbook can be(!). . . . Whilst How the Earth Turned Green is quite technical in places, that should be viewed neither as a negative nor a surprise. . . . But its very informal style (which was most unexpected in--although refreshingly different for--a scholarly text) makes for a highly readable, educational account."--Nigel Chaffey, Bath Spa University, UK "Annals of Botany Blog: News and Views on Plant Science and Ecology "
"Practicing or apprenticing botanists, plant biologists, agronomists, and horticulturists need a detailed understanding of the evolution of plants for a correct perspective on the organisms they study and use, but the current general textbooks provide an inadequate watered-down history. In How the Earth Turned Green, through the knowledge, skill, and friendly writing of Armstrong and the wisdom of the University of Chicago Press, we finally have a book to fill this gap. Its eleven chapters--the final two about the flowering plants--tell the whole story, backed up by a detailed and illustrated appendix on fossil and living ancestors going back to the green algae and cyanobacteria. An essential book for plant students and professionals."--David Lee, Florida International University "author of "Nature's Palette: The Science of Plant Color" "
-Armstrong . . . aims his book squarely at plant-blind readers, who see plants as just a green background to life. . . . [He] deftly entertains his readers with a balanced discussion of plant life on Earth, from cyanobacteria and stromatolites to flowering plants. . . . How the Earth Turned Green will make many a reader aware of the importance of plants to the history of this planet.---J. Valauskas, Curator of Rare Books, Library, Chicago Botanic Garden -Current Books on Gardening and Botany -
-An impressive work that is clearly a labor of love. . . . Armstrong provides a big-picture overview of life on Earth through green-colored glasses, yielding a work that is accessible, scientifically rigorous, and philosophically piquant. Whether used as recreational reading or as a framework for an advanced undergrad or early graduate study course, How the Earth Turned Green is well worth reading for anyone attracted to the 'green background' through which we move.---Sean T. Hammond, Oregon State University -BioScience -
-A salient summary of the important concepts that should guide even a college professor teaching introductory biology. . . . How the Earth Turned Green should be required reading for all pre-service biology teachers and on the bookshelf of all K-16 science instructors. . . . Armstrong presents us with a unique approach to the plant kingdom. His refreshing wit and straightforward commentary lead the reader through an evolutionary explanation of why a predominant color of earth is green. His goal is to foster deeper understanding of key concepts, and he raises, and answers, many obvious questions that are almost never asked. As a doctor of botany, I enthusiastically prescribe this book to treat the widespread symptoms of 'Plant Blindness.'---Marshall D. Sundberg, Emporia State University -Reports of the National Center for Science Education -
-Spoiler alert! This book could seriously change your view of what a textbook can be(!). . . . Whilst How the Earth Turned Green is quite technical in places, that should be viewed neither as a negative nor a surprise. . . . But its very informal style (which was most unexpected in--although refreshingly different for--a scholarly text) makes for a highly readable, educational account.---Nigel Chaffey, Bath Spa University, UK -Annals of Botany Blog: News and Views on Plant Science and Ecology -
-Practicing or apprenticing botanists, plant biologists, agronomists, and horticulturists need a detailed understanding of the evolution of plants for a correct perspective on the organisms they study and use, but the current general textbooks provide an inadequate watered-down history. In How the Earth Turned Green, through the knowledge, skill, and friendly writing of Armstrong and the wisdom of the University of Chicago Press, we finally have a book to fill this gap. Its eleven chapters--the final two about the flowering plants--tell the whole story, backed up by a detailed and illustrated appendix on fossil and living ancestors going back to the green algae and cyanobacteria. An essential book for plant students and professionals.---David Lee, Florida International University -author of -Nature's Palette: The Science of Plant Color- -

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