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Life on Earth

Life on Earth

by David Attenborough


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Life on Earth.

David Attenborough’s unforgettable meeting with gorillas became an iconic moment for millions of television viewers. Life on Earth, the series and accompanying book, fundamentally changed the way we view and interact with the natural world setting a new benchmark of quality, influencing a generation of nature lovers.

Told through an examination of animal and plant life, this is an astonishing celebration of the evolution of life on earth, with a cast of characters drawn from the whole range of organisms that have ever lived on this planet. Attenborough’s perceptive, dynamic approach to the evolution of millions of species of living organisms takes the reader on an unforgettable journey of discovery from the very first spark of life to the blue and green wonder we know today.

Now, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the book’s first publication, David Attenborough has revisited Life on Earth, completely updating and adding to the original text, taking account of modern scientific discoveries from around the globe. He has chosen beautiful, completely new photography, helping to illustrate the book in a much greater way than was possible forty years ago.

This special anniversary edition provides a fitting tribute to an enduring wildlife classic, destined to enthral the generation who saw it when first published and bring it alive for a whole new generation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008294281
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 409,846
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

David Attenborough is one of the world’s leading naturalists and broadcasters. His distinguished career spans more than sixty years, and his extraordinary contribution to natural history broadcasting and film-making has brought him international recognition, from Life on Earth to Frozen Planet, Planet Earth to Blue Planet. He has achieved many professional awards, honours and merits, including the CBE and OM, and was knighted in 1985.

Table of Contents

Prologue vii

1 The Infinite Variety 1

2 Building Bodies 35

3 The First Forests 65

4 The Swarming Hordes 92

5 The Conquest of the Waters 117

6 The Invasion of the Land 144

7 A Watertight Skin 168

8 Lords of the Air 192

9 Eggs, Pouches and Placentas 225

10 Theme and Variation 252

11 The Hunters and the Hunted 277

12 A Life in the Trees 302

13 The Compulsive Communicators 331

Epilogue 356

Acknowledgements 364

Index 366

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