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This text is aimed at students and anyone interested in the history of life on our planet. It explores the "whys" of events that occurred and, in this newest edition, it takes a closer look at the evolution of the physical earth and the strong interactions between organisms and environment. The book's coverage includes geography, climate, atmosphere, ocean, and land (a changing stage) while following the interplay between organisms.

Presents fossil record, disc. of early life; geog- raphy & diversity patterns; extinction; emergence of mammals

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Editorial Reviews

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Intended for introductory undergraduate courses, this text provides an overview of the field, detailing all animal life, and discussing vertebrates in depth. It draws from the fossil record to trace the development of life from its origin to the present, and focuses on the key processes that have shaped that development. Cowen teaches at the University of California, Davis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Praise for the New Edition:

"His material is accessible to even the uninitiated, but is still able to include fairly nuanced arguments. Mr. Cowen's gentle wit is much appreciated. This is a wonderful text, written in an engaging style by an author with both deep and broad knowledge of the history of life."
Emily Buchholtz, Wellesley College

"...the History of Life is a superb book which has no peer among published texts describing the macroevolution of life on Earth and the abiotic and biotic factors that have influenced the evolutionary history of living organisms."
Robert McMahon, U of Texas at Arlington

Praise for the Third Edition:

Anybody interested in the evolution of the Earth and its living organisms, especially animals, will find the content of this book useful and interesting. [...] I would recommend the book to those readers who would like to gain a basic knowledge on the Earth's evolution accompanied with detailed description of the evolution of animals.
L. Natr, Photosynthetica 40

'Should be compulsory for everyone who wants to call him/herself a palaeontologist.' J.W.F Reumer, PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology, (2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865423541
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Cowen learned how to write and to think critically at Cambridge University, and how to teach and think creatively at the University of California, Davis. He received a Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993 and designed the course "History of Life" there. The book was written specifically for that course, and has gone on to become a best-selling textbook.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The origin of life on Earth 1
Ch. 2 Earth's earliest life 16
Ch. 3 Sex and nuclei : eukaryotes 29
Ch. 4 The evolution of Metazoans 42
Ch. 5 The Cambrian explosion 54
Ch. 6 Changing life in a changing world 64
Ch. 7 The early vertebrates 84
Ch. 8 Leaving the water 95
Ch. 9 Tetrapods and amniotes 113
Ch. 10 Early amniotes and thermoregulation 124
Ch. 11 The Triassic takeover 139
Ch. 12 Dinosaurs 151
Ch. 13 The evolution of flight 176
Ch. 14 The modernization of land and sea 196
Ch. 15 The origin of mammals 213
Ch. 16 The end of the dinosaurs 228
Ch. 17 Cenozoic mammals : origins, guilds, and trends 238
Ch. 18 Geography and evolution 255
Ch. 19 Primates 267
Ch. 20 Evolving toward humans 278
Ch. 21 Life in the Ice Age 297
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