Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth
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...more
First Knoll sets the framework for what the book aims to achieve. Then each chapter centers on a different aspect of the journey of life. As the book builds, we learn how biological, physical, che ...more
On the other hand, this book is really scattered. Almost every chapter starts with some "We're here in this r ...more
Let me explain.
It took around 3,000,000,000 years for the first chemicals to start joining together and forming microscopic life. That life was living in a sulfide/sulfate world. We can't live in a sulfide/sulfate world but purple al ...more
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.
Joking as ...more
I had taken Historical Geology in the 70's and the Precambrian was largely glossed over even though in Northern Wisconsin we were close to the Precambrian deposits of Northern Minnesota. To this day I ...more
However, the book often distances itself from what we usually describe as "general audience". And, although the overall argument is more or less th ...more