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Fossils: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #138)

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Fossils have been vital to our understanding of the formation of the earth and the origins of life. However, their impact has not been limited to debates about geology and evolution: attempts to explain their existence has shaken religion at its very roots, and they have remained a subject of ceaseless fascination for people of all ages and backgrounds. In this readable an ...more
Paperback, 147 pages
Published December 15th 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2005)
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M. Hamdist
أخيراً انتهيت من قراءة الكتاب الرائع " الحفريات" الكتاب قصير ولكنه يحوي معلومات شيقة وقيمة للغاية .. يحتاج قليلا من التركيز .. وهذا هو جزء مقتطف من الكتاب :

"لعبت الحفريات دوراً رئيسياً في تقدم جميع جوانب التطور العضوي ولا تزال تلعب دوراً محورياً فيما يتعلق بمحاولة فهم أنماط التغير التطوري وأسبابه. أول تلك الأدوار وأهمها، أن الحفريات هي البرهان الموثق على عملية التطور من حيث التغير في الحياة بمرور الزمن: فالكائنات الأولية البسيطة (الأدنى مرتبة) تكملها في الحياة - وفي كثير من الأحيان تحل محلها - ك
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Armin
It’s only 140 pages, and it’s a fun read! This book offers a concise introduction to the main ideas and issues in science of paleontology. Throughout the book, I found some interesting historical facts that I didn’t know as a paleontology major! But beware- don’t expect any technical information in this book about fossil collection, interpretation or identification.

The beginning chapters set the historical scene over time, and explore the cultural fascination with fossils. Next, the author prov
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Kate Dutson
As usual for the Very Short Introduction series, here is a book that really gets to grips with the bones of a topic (pun not originally intended, but I’ll leave it in!) Written in a relaxed, conversational tone, the author’s enthusiasm for, and knowledge of palaeontology nevertheless comes across, as the subject of fossils is given a thorough treatment.

Arguably the most “popular” varieties of fossil are those that once existed inside a dinosaur, pterosaur or marine reptile, or those that reveal
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Steve
This vibrant and informative guide to fossils takes a broader approach to the subject than you might expect, but is all the better for it. From evolution to dinosaurs, chemical processes to fossil artists, Thomson's obvious enthusiasm and expertise helps to make this much more than just a technical guide to palaeontology.

We get a glimpse into what fossils were once thought to represent, and an analysis of their impact on philosophy and in popular culture. There is the obligatory 'What is a foss
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Keith Thomson is Executive Officer of the American Philosophical Society and Professor Emeritus of Natural History, University of Oxford.

Modified from an interview with Greg Ross in “American Scientist”
I have had a wonderful career as a professor of biology and dean (at Yale), a museum director (Yale, Philadelphia, and Oxford), and more recently as an author. I started out as a biologist intereste

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