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History of Life

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This text is aimed at students and anyone interested in the history of life on our planet. It explores the 'whys' of events that occurred, and in this newest edition, it takes a closer look at the evolution of the physical earth and the strong interactions between organisms and environment. The book's coverage includes geography, climate, atmosphere, ocean, and land (a cha ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published January 16th 1991 by Blackwell Publishers (first published February 1st 1975)
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Nathan
Apr 07, 2013 Nathan rated it really liked it
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Loving it, right from the preface which talks about how we decide what we know in science:

I’ve suggested some of my own. You can accept these or not, as you wish. The question you face is that of a jury member: is this idea sound “beyond all reasonable doubt?” If you don’t accept an explanation for an event, you can leave it as an abominable mystery, with no explanation at all, or you can suggest a better explanation yourself.
There is one caution, however. No-one is allowed to dream up any old e
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Codrin
Jan 20, 2016 Codrin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This text is designed for students and anyone else with an interest in the history of life on our planet. The author describes the biological evolution of Earth’s organisms, and reconstructs their adaptations to the life they led, and the ecology and environment in which they functioned. On the grand scale, Earth is a constantly changing planet, continually presenting organisms with challenges. Changing geography, climate, atmosphere, oceanic and land environments set a stage in which organisms

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Usfromdk
Dec 31, 2015 Usfromdk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In a way this is one of the books I've been looking for for at least a few years. What I mean by this is not that I knew the title of the book and that I had a difficult time finding a copy of the book; rather, I wanted to read a great book about the topics covered in this book, and a book like this one was precisely the sort of book I was hoping to find.

I was slightly worried at the beginning of this book that the coverage would be too superficial and that it would be 'too popular-science-y' f
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