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 communitiesfrom microbes to humankindthat 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.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Product dimensions:||10.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.20(d)|
About 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.
What People are Saying About This
"If time machines were real, this would be the book to carry on nature hikes into the distant past."Natural History
"This beautiful volume is worthy of any collector's coffee table."Library Journal
"An exciting record of life on earth."Booklist
"Stunning . . a wonderful tribute 150 years after Darwin published his seminal work."Wildlife Activist
"Overwhelming scope and depth. If not for yourself, and if not merely for the bizarrely reasonable price, I seriously recommend seeding the library."American Paleontologist
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Detailed and full of beautiful pictures.