Prehistoric Life: The Rise of the Vertebrates

Prehistoric Life: The Rise of the Vertebrates

by David Norman
     
 

In Prehistoric Life, David Norman unravels many mysteries, describing the complexity and variety of life on Earth through the ages, and presenting in clear terms the key scientific concepts needed to understand this fascinating tale of evolution. The book is illustrated throughout with full-color photographs, explanatory diagrams, and stunning artwork by… See more details below

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In Prehistoric Life, David Norman unravels many mysteries, describing the complexity and variety of life on Earth through the ages, and presenting in clear terms the key scientific concepts needed to understand this fascinating tale of evolution. The book is illustrated throughout with full-color photographs, explanatory diagrams, and stunning artwork by world-renowned artist John Sibbick. Sequel to the award-winning Dinosaur!, David Norman's Prehistoric Life brings to life the creatures of prehistory and conveys the enormity of time from the Big Bang to the rise of humans.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This sequel to Norman's successful Dinosaur! (LJ 11/1/91) is an ambitious attempt to draw a broader picture of the evolution of vertebrate animals and to trace the threads of human ancestry from the first primitive organisms (the first page shows the Milky Way and the last, a group of people). It examines questions about the advantages of various evolutionary adaptations that allowed vertbrate animals to live on land, adapt to different environmental conditions, and compete with one another. The book is especially good at showing prehistoric animals in the context of their environments, and color illustrations by John Sibbick bring the creatures to life. The focus on mammals sometimes gives them undue prominence over other types of animals, and the theme of human evolution occasionally gets sidetracked. Still, this is an interesting, well-written, and thoughtful treatment of a very complex topic for general readers.-Amy Brunvand, Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671799403
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date:
10/01/1994
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 11.81(h) x (d)

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