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Fossils: The History of Life

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This updated edition of the highly successful volume, created in conjunction with London’s Natural History Museum, has all the strengths of the original…and more. Completely redesigned and revised, it now features two fascinating new sections that reflect the contemporary state of the field: “How to Recognize Fossils” and “Molecular Paleontology.” Readers will find this a ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Sterling (first published January 6th 2009)
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Steve Van Slyke
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
This the third of Fortey's books that I've read. For someone just getting into paleontology and geology, it should probably be the first. It's a great introduction into the various phyla and divisions that have been preserved as fossils, explanations of why some organisms are fossilized while others aren't, and how fossils have and are still filling in the record of the evolution of life for the last 3.5 billion years. The photos and drawings that accompany the text are wonderful and amazing.
Joan
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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This is a revised edition, excellent overview of the description fossils give us of the evolution of the earth. A bIg book bought at the Drumheller museum in Alberta, to help me understand the era's and how they fit together, I was on information overload while seeing this wonderful place.
The book seems designed to read, not as I was doing right through, but topically as a reference. So it seemed repetitive in places. But a terrific resource.
Ian Whited
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Though it has some errors and is written for a the lay person, this book can be a vital piece of literature for the burgeoning paleontologist. Richard Fortey once again makes it easy to understand the study of ancient life.
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Richard Fortey is a senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was Collier Professor in the Public Understanding of Science and Technology at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol in 2002. His books have been widely acclaimed: Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth (Knopf) was short ...more
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