Prehistoric Journey: A History of Life on Earth

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This is the story of the animals and plants that populated prehistoric Earth. It follows the journey of life from single-cell organisms to direct human ancestors.

Sure to fascinate readers of all ages, this engaging and accessible introduction to the wonders of the prehistoric world features unique, walk-through dioramas, based on scientific research of actual fossil sites, giving them a sense of realism. The book features 140 color photos and illustrations, including a cover painting by John Gurche, a consultant on Jurassic Park.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555915537
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/23/2006
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,521,161
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kirk R. Johnson is vice president and chief curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He received his PhD in geology and paleobotany from Yale University in 1989, and did postdoctoral research in the rainforests of northern Australia before coming to Denver in 1991, where he directed the installation of the museum's Prehistoric Journey exhibit. Richard Stucky is the curator of paleoecology and evolution at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in anthropology. His research has shed light on the ecology and evolution of early Tertiary mammals.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 4
Ch. 2 Early Life: Simple Beginnings 12
Ch. 3 Diversity in the Sea: Life in the Paleozoic 28
Ch. 4 Between Two Worlds: The First Life on Land 40
Ch. 5 Forests and Flight: Life in the Late Paleozoic 48
Ch. 6 The Time of the First Dinosaurs: The Triassic and the Jurassic 62
Ch. 7 The Last of the Dinosaurs: The Cretaceous 80
Ch. 8 Origin of Modern Animals: The Early Cenozoic 102
Ch. 9 Origin of the Modern World: The Late Cenozoic 120
Acknowledgments and Credits 138
Glossary 140
Selected Bibliography 142
Index 143
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