In The Blink Of An Eye: How Vision Sparked The Big Bang Of Evolution

In The Blink Of An Eye: How Vision Sparked The Big Bang Of Evolution

by Andrew Parker
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In The Blink Of An Eye: How Vision Sparked The Big Bang Of Evolution by Andrew Parker

About 550 million years ago, there was literally an explosion of life forms, as all the major animal groups suddenly and dramatically appeared. Although several books have been written about this surprising event, known as the Cambrian explosion, none has explained why it occurred. Indeed, none was able to. Here, for the first time, Oxford zoologist Andrew Parker reveals his theory of this great flourishing of life. Parker's controversial but increasingly accepted "Light Switch Theory" holds that it was the development of vision in primitive animals that caused the explosion. Drawing on evidence not just from biology, but also from geology, physics, chemistry, history, and art, In the Blink of an Eye is the fascinating account of a young scientist's intellectual journey, and a celebration of the scientific method.

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ISBN-13: 9780465054381
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/12/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Andrew Parker is a Royal Society Research Fellow at Oxford University's Department of Zoology. He has been named by the London Times as one of the three most important young scientists in the world for his work in investigating and answering the great riddle of the Cambrian explosion. He lives in Oxfordshire, England.

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