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The Story of Life (Paperback)
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The Story of Life (Paperback)

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Paperback 276 Pages / Published: 04/09/2003
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How did life begin? What was 'snowball earth'? Why did the dinosaurs become extinct? Are we all descended from 'African Eve'? Will humans be responsible for the next major extinction? These and many other fundamental questions are addressed in this masterly account of The Story of Life, by eminent biologist and teacher Richard Southwood. The story unfolds with the formation of the earth around four thousand million years ago. Life first emerged a hundred million years later, and it took another fifteen million years for more complex life-forms to appear. Periods of relative calm were punctuated by five major extinctions, with innumerable minor jolts along the way. Then, five million years ago, an able ape evolved that gradually came to dominate and control the other animals and plants. The future now lies in the hands of this single species, Homo sapiens. In this carefully crafted story, Southwood's love of his subject, and for the life he describes, shines through, to engage and inform scientist and general reader alike.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198607861
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 421 g
Dimensions: 233 x 156 x 18 mm


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This remarkable book succeeds, within less than 300 pages, in summarizing everything essential about all living creatures for more than three billion years. If you are looking for one convenient, reliable, highly readable reference to replace your whole library, this is it. * Professor Jared Diamond *
You will learn more from this book than any number of television programmes, and I hope that, like me, you find the unfashionable approach both refreshing and something of a relief. * British Wildlife *
As scholarly as any textbook, the book would make a ready read on an airplane trip. It can be heartily recommended to the aficionado and the student alike. It should even appeal to that eclectic readership, the general public, so that people can gain an insight into the astonighing abundance and variety, and the pedigree, of our planet's chief feature. * Norman Myers, Bioscience *
Extremely few scientists would be able to cover the entire history of life authoritatively, with wisely chosen examples and principles, presented in lucid prose, and all in fewer than 260 well-illustrated pages. Richard Southwood is one of them, has done so, and I accordingly recommend this book to scientists and public alike. * Professor E O Wilson *
Southwood displays an impressive sweep of knowledge about life . . . a swift, efficient delivery of the most important information we have on how life has blossomed on Earth. * Carl Zimmer, Nature *
This is a lovely book. It is short, nicely presented, authoritative, and friendly. This must find a place in every school library. * Jack Cohen, Biologist *
Besides being a gripping yarn, The Story of Life is an impeccable review of the science. * New Scientist *
We could all benefit from enrolling for his course. * The Scotsman *
an excellent and accessible overview. * BBC Wildlife *
Comprehensive and thorough. * Focus *

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