Evolution: The Story of Life

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Evolution recreates the 3.5-billion-year story of life on Earth in stunning detail through vivid full-color illustrations and graphics, the latest scientific information, and hundreds of photographs. At the heart of the book is an astonishing, beautifully detailed panorama by renowned illustrator Peter Barrett that, in 100 double-page site reconstructions, offers a freeze-frame view of the communities—from microbes to humankind—that have lived on our planet’s continents and in its oceans. These groundbreaking ...
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Overview


Evolution recreates the 3.5-billion-year story of life on Earth in stunning detail through vivid full-color illustrations and graphics, the latest scientific information, and hundreds of photographs. At the heart of the book is an astonishing, beautifully detailed panorama by renowned illustrator Peter Barrett that, in 100 double-page site reconstructions, offers a freeze-frame view of the communities—from microbes to humankind—that have lived on our planet’s continents and in its oceans. These groundbreaking artworks, based on the most recent findings at some of the most famous fossil sites around the world, are paired with an authoritative and highly informative text written for a wide audience of readers. A landmark project, published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of his book On the Origin of Species, Evolution has been produced in association with the Natural History Museum in London, one of the most important centers of evolution research in the world.The volume includes an index of the hundreds of species shown in the illustrations, introductory articles on evolution, and many other features, making it a must-have reference for all homes, schools, and libraries.
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There's no bigger story on the planet than the evolution of life on earth. This 3.5 million-year epic unfolds on the pages of this aptly large coffee-table cover through a pairing of Douglas Palmer's informative, accessible text and 100 double-page color pictures by famed natural history illustrator Peter Barrett. Evolution: The Story of Life was produced in association with the Natural History Museum in London and is published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of his landmark On the Origin of Species. A gift for the whole family.
Natural History

“If time machines were real, this would be the book to carry on nature hikes into the distant past.”
Booklist

“An exciting record of life on earth.”
Wildlife Activist

“Stunning . . a wonderful tribute 150 years after Darwin published his seminal work.”
American Paleontologist - Carl Mehling

“Overwhelming scope and depth. If not for yourself, and if not merely for the bizarrely reasonable price, I seriously recommend seeding the library.”
Bioscience - Michael J. Benton

“This book is up to date and includes . . . current paleontological and systematic knowledge, all of it accurate and correct.”
Fossil News

“Evolution is a good book . . . . You get a large book filled with lots of color and lots of detail.”
Reference & Research Book News / Scitech Book News

“Useful and engaging work.”
Library Journal
Perhaps the most difficult concept to grasp in evolutionary theory is the massive time frames against which it occurs. Published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, this volume illustrates approximately six million years of evolutionary history on Earth in 100 full-color double-page spreads. With an impressive density of information, this book is much more than just a checklist of facts. Natural history illustrator Barrett's reconstructions of the natural histories of over 100 major fossil sites—from the well-known Burgess Shale in Canada to more remote places like Graphite Peak in Antarctica—bring distant epochs to life in sequential "screen grabs." Combined with a detailed section on classifications and species indexes, as well as several topical fold-out sections and time lines, this serves equally well for reference and browsing. An excellent narrative companion read would be Richard Dawkins's The Ancestors' Tale, which is a backward journey through evolution. VERDICT While more of a look-it-up than read-it book, this beautiful volume is worthy of any collector's coffee table. Recommended for natural history and reference collections. [For more Darwin titles, see Sapp's roundup, "Charles Darwin at 200," LJ 12/08.—Ed.]—Gregg Sapp, Evergreen State Coll. Lib., Olympia, WA\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520255111
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/9/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 374
  • Sales rank: 408,162
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Douglas Palmer teaches at Cambridge University and is the author of many books, including Earth: The Definitive Visual Guide to our Planet, The Origins of Man: An Illustrated History of Human Evolution, and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life. His articles appear regularly in Science, BBC Wildlife, and New Scientist. Peter Barrett is a natural history illustrator, painter, graphic designer, and children's book author.
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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    100 panorama double spreads are wonderful, like museum murals

    The main feature of this book are the 100 double spread scene paintings arranged in sequence from the time of the bacteria up to the dinosaurs and age of mammals.
    This book has the most number of prehistoric paintings I have ever seen. Plants are also included in the prehistoric scene paintings.
    It is like a much larger version of the Atlas of the Prehistoric World also by Douglas Palmer. Atlas of the Prehistoric world is currently reprinted with a prehistoric animal book and called Illustrated Encyclopedia of Prehistoric World.
    There were some words spelled incorrectly in the text but I am smart enough to figure out the right spelling so they did not bother me.
    The back has a 4 page fold out. I recommend putting some glue there in the spine of the back board bec. the last page glued to the back board can tear at the spine after frequent use. Don't drop the book also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2011

    Beautiful!

    Detailed and full of beautiful pictures.

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