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The Book of Life uses an exemplary fusion of art and science to tell the story of life on earth. The text, under the editorship of Stephen Jay Gould, provides a thorough understanding of the latest research and is accompanied by paintings prepared especially for this book. Never before has our planet's evolution been so clearly, so ingeniously explained. History is marked by disaster. The Book of Lifeexplains how mammals, having survived at least one of these disasters—the impact of a massive comet—luckily inherited the earth. Next came the rise of modern humans, who would shape the world as no creature has. As this fascinating history unfolds, gorgeous illustrations allow us to observe climate changes, tectonic plate movement, the spread of plant life, and the death of the dinosaurs. We discover the chains of animal survival, the causes and consequences of adaptation, and finally the environmental impact of human life.
The most ambitious combination of art and science ever published tells the story of life on Earth over the course of 600 million years. The text is brilliantly illuminated by more than 300 paintings (200 in color), drawings, and computer-designed illustrations. A living path of our planet's history.
|Preface: Reconstructing (and Deconstructing) the Past||6|
|Introduction: Life and Time||22|
|Ch. 1||Foundations: Life in the Oceans||37|
|Ch. 2||The Rise of the Fishes||65|
|Ch. 3||Four Feet on the Ground||79|
|Ch. 4||Dinosaur Summer||127|
|Ch. 5||Victors by Default||169|
|Ch. 6||The Primates' Progress||219|