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All life is cells - cells working alone and cells working together. Even the largest creature started off as just a single cell.

Cells are life's building blocks. A cell cannot be seen without a microscope, yet this tiny chemical package holds all the ingredients of life. All living things are made up of millions and millions of cells working together. This revised and updated edition of the Cells & Life series explores all aspects of cells, including brief overviews of important scientific achievements in the field.

The Diversity of Life explores how cells hove formed the dazzling array of life that we see around us. No one knows how many millions of different species there may be on our planet, and new ones are discovered every year. Scientists classify living things into different groups in order to help make sense of this diversity of life. This book looks of the way classification has changed over time, including a recent suggestion lo classify living things into three domains rather than six kingdoms.

Each book features:

charts and diagrams of important information

further reading and websites

extensive glossary and index

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588106735
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Cell and Life Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 11 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 10.66 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A Dazzling Diversity 4

2 Classification Plans 6

Kingdoms and Domains 8

3 Populations and Genes 10

Mutations 12

Darwin's Great Idea 14

Adaptation 16

Genes in Populations 18

New Species 20

4 A Tour of the Kingdoms 22

Protistans 24

Fungi 26

Plants 28

Plant Evolution 30

Animals: Invertebrates 32

Animals: Vertebrates 34

5 A Brief History of Life 36

An Explosion of Life 38

6 The End of the Line 40

The Threat to Diversity 42

The Kingdoms of Life 44

Glossary 45

Further Reading and Websites 47

Index 48

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