History of Life / Edition 5

History of Life / Edition 5

by Richard Cowen
     
 

This text is designed for students and anyone else with an interest in the history of life on our planet. The author describes the biological evolution of Earth’s organisms, and reconstructs their adaptations to the life they led, and the ecology and environment in which they functioned. On the grand scale, Earth is a constantly changing planet, continually

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This text is designed for students and anyone else with an interest in the history of life on our planet. The author describes the biological evolution of Earth’s organisms, and reconstructs their adaptations to the life they led, and the ecology and environment in which they functioned. On the grand scale, Earth is a constantly changing planet, continually presenting organisms with challenges. Changing geography, climate, atmosphere, oceanic and land environments set a stage in which organisms interact with their environments and one another, with evolutionary change an inevitable result. The organisms themselves in turn can change global environments: oxygen in our atmosphere is all produced by photosynthesis, for example. The interplay between a changing Earth and its evolving organisms is the underlying theme of the book.

The book has a dedicated website which explores additional enriching information and discussion, and provides or points to the art for the book and many other images useful for teaching. See: www.wiley.com/go/cowen/historyoflife.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470671726
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Edition description:
Fifth Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
220,500
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1The origin of life on Earth1
Ch. 2Earth's earliest life16
Ch. 3Sex and nuclei : eukaryotes29
Ch. 4The evolution of Metazoans42
Ch. 5The Cambrian explosion54
Ch. 6Changing life in a changing world64
Ch. 7The early vertebrates84
Ch. 8Leaving the water95
Ch. 9Tetrapods and amniotes113
Ch. 10Early amniotes and thermoregulation124
Ch. 11The Triassic takeover139
Ch. 12Dinosaurs151
Ch. 13The evolution of flight176
Ch. 14The modernization of land and sea196
Ch. 15The origin of mammals213
Ch. 16The end of the dinosaurs228
Ch. 17Cenozoic mammals : origins, guilds, and trends238
Ch. 18Geography and evolution255
Ch. 19Primates267
Ch. 20Evolving toward humans278
Ch. 21Life in the Ice Age297

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