La Vida En Un Joven Planeta
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La Vida En Un Joven Planeta

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Australopithecines, dinosaurs, trilobites--such fossils conjure up images of lost worlds filled with vanished organisms. But in the full history of life, ancient animals, even the trilobites, form only the half-billion-year tip of a nearly four-billion-year iceberg. Andrew Knoll explores the deep history of life from its origins on a young planet to the incredible Cambrian

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Published February 1st 2004 by Critica (first published 2003)
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Dec 23, 2008 Madeleine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Madeleine by: calhouths
Thing to keep in mind: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth sounds fascinating, but nothing much bigger than a microbacteria actually *evolved*. This book ends just as stuff starts growing legs and arms and wings and crawling out of the ocean and generally becoming *interesting*.

This book should be named: "rocks--with microscopic fossils, in places with funny scandanavian names." But that's probably what you should expect when you get book recommendations from geologists.

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Very well researched and presented. Covers a time period with which most are not familiar. The author presents the research as a good scientist, with a healthy dose of skepticism, while basing conclusions on well established research. He points out areas where more research is needed. He has his own theories, and is careful to present them as such. A good read, especially if you've heard of snowball earth and want some more background.
David R.
Very dry. Keenly interesting, perhaps, to advanced students.
Easy to read, especially for a person new to the kinds of things the book introduces. I can't verify how true the content is or how consistent it is with contemporary scientific research on evolution and planetary science, but I liked the writing enough to read it. Basically, for what it is - a layman's science history of earth's evolution, it didn't bore me to death.
Mar 20, 2008 Fran rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Evo-Devos
Recommended to Fran by: Sean Carroll
I continue to be fascinated by the overlap of genetics and evolution. This book touched on that in a provocative but still elusive way, I need to read more! It also highlights the complexity of the chemistry involved in the establishment and evolution of life on Earth. May be boring to some, but I loved it.
Tracy Black
Excellent book! Even though it's fairly technical, it is so well written that it seemed lighter than it was. I had no idea how much was actually known about Pre-Cambrian life. Knoll is a top-notch author and I'll be watching future books.
A very readable explanation about a paleontologist's view of the beginning of life on earth through the Cambrian explosion, which is where recognizable fossils start appearing.
A very good review of earth pre-life and after life began but when it was mostly much simpler than it is now. A little dry....
An abridged history of life on planet Earth. If you like natural history...
This is a history of the earth from a very geological perspective.
Somewhat dense yet very readable intro to early-earth paleontology.
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Professor of Natural History and a Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University.

More info about Knoll's work on the Knoll Lab website.
More about Andrew H. Knoll...
Fundamentals of Geobiology Fossils and Strata, Paleobiology of the Neoproterozoic Svanbergfjellet Formation, Spitsbergen Biology: How Life Works (Volume 1) Biology: How Life Works: w/LaunchPad (24 month access) Biology: How Life Works (Loose Leaf) & LaunchPad

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