Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Cambrian Explosion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity” as Want to Read:
The Cambrian Explosion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Cambrian Explosion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The Cambrian Period records one of the most extraordinary transitions in the history of life. Beginning as simple sponges more than 635 million years ago, the earliest animals evolved into a diverse marine fauna over the course of 100 million years. In The Cambrian Explosion, Erwin and Valentine synthesize research from many fields to explain why there was such remarkable ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published January 18th 2013 by W. H. Freeman (first published 2010)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Cambrian Explosion, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Cambrian Explosion

Community Reviews

Showing 1-57
Average rating 4.39  · 
Rating details
 ·  49 ratings  ·  6 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Cambrian Explosion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity
Lois Bujold
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: persons interested in deep paleontology
Recommended to Lois by: random internet review
Every once in a while, it's good to revisit the difference between pop sci and real sci. This book is real sci -- a graduate level textbook, I gather, which is why I've been nibbling through it for a month but it will still have to go back to Interlibrary Loan tonight with the last couple of chapters merely skimmed.

The stiff cover price is not merely explained but fully justified by the many gorgeous color plates, illustrations, charts, and figures, beautifully and cleanly rendered in, sometimes
...more
Joery De kock
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very well written and comprehensive book about the Ediacaran and Cambrian explosion of animal life. The book not only contains a lot of colorful photographs of ediacaran and cambrian fossils, but it is also spoiled with 3D CGI reconstructions of their plausible body plans. I would recommend this book to anyone with a significant interest in early life, however, be aware that some prior knowledge of paleontology, and science in general, is required to fully enjoy this book.
Rachel A.
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Cambrian explosion resulted from positive feedback caused by many ecological, behavioural and genetic alterations to the ecospace.
Very well written and detailed account of our current understanding.
Mills College Library
560.1723 E737 2013
Mark Balson
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I could not put it down

You see how minor differences in conditions can Shepard you through a whole different evolutionary path is fascinating and chilling.
Nigel Eves
rated it it was amazing
Feb 12, 2016
Charlotte R.S.
rated it really liked it
Jul 07, 2017
Taryn
rated it really liked it
Sep 21, 2013
Peter Mowris
rated it it was amazing
Dec 30, 2013
Timothy
rated it it was amazing
Jan 16, 2018
Ed
rated it it was amazing
Feb 10, 2015
Richard W.
rated it it was amazing
Jun 28, 2018
Scott Kennon
rated it it was amazing
Mar 05, 2017
Joe
rated it really liked it
May 06, 2013
Diana
rated it it was ok
Aug 05, 2017
Chris Ely
rated it it was amazing
Jan 31, 2016
Simon
rated it really liked it
Mar 18, 2013
Michael A. Richbourg
rated it it was amazing
Jul 20, 2018
Kevin
rated it it was amazing
Jul 20, 2019
Jim
rated it it was amazing
Mar 30, 2015
Stj2002
rated it it was amazing
Mar 20, 2021
Azeem
rated it really liked it
Jul 07, 2019
Jaap Hoogenboezem
rated it it was amazing
Aug 02, 2014
Ozan
rated it it was amazing
Mar 19, 2019
Carl Schmidt
rated it it was amazing
Jun 01, 2017
Chris Green
rated it really liked it
Jun 17, 2018
Kimberly  Edwin
rated it it was amazing
Apr 22, 2017
Bill Kte'pi
rated it liked it
Jul 04, 2019
Simon Mcleish
rated it liked it
Feb 25, 2015
Emily Smit
marked it as to-read
Jan 05, 2011
Sarai
added it
Aug 07, 2011
Allain
added it
Dec 28, 2011
Oliver
is currently reading it
Feb 09, 2013
Phil Bock
is currently reading it
Feb 17, 2013
Danielle T
marked it as to-read
Feb 18, 2013
Brady Clemens
marked it as to-read
Feb 18, 2013
Kam Yung Soh
marked it as to-read
Feb 18, 2013
Chris Borkent
marked it as to-read
Feb 19, 2013
Aivellyn
marked it as to-read
Feb 19, 2013
Blues
marked it as to-read
Feb 19, 2013
Kristin Marshall
marked it as to-read
Feb 22, 2013
Alfredo
marked it as to-read
Feb 26, 2013
S. O'Brien
marked it as to-read
Mar 06, 2013
Rob Brathwaite
marked it as to-read
Mar 07, 2013
Laura
marked it as to-read
Apr 04, 2013
Alan Clark
marked it as to-read
Apr 13, 2013
Malcolm Logscribe
marked it as to-read
Apr 13, 2013
Marcio M
marked it as to-read
Apr 15, 2013
Craig Anderson
marked it as to-read
Apr 17, 2013
Diana
marked it as to-read
Apr 18, 2013
Paul Hancock
marked it as to-read
Apr 19, 2013
Kevin
added it
Apr 20, 2013
Aditi
marked it as to-read
May 30, 2013
Swapan Sahoo
is currently reading it
Jun 06, 2013
Xi Chen
marked it as to-read
Jun 06, 2013
Elizabeth
marked it as to-read
Jun 07, 2013
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Arab Apocalypse
  • The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • My Dirty Dumb Eyes
  • Forming
  • Opera
  • Blue Fasa
  • A Dictionary of Symbols
  • Nightwood
  • Cosmicomics
  • The Red Book: Liber Novus
  • The Trickster: A Study in American Indian Mythology
  • Helen in Egypt
  • Metro 2033 (Metro, #1)
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions
  • The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—And How to Make the Most of Them Now
  • By This Shall You Know Him
  • Liminal States
  • Speak German in 90 Days: A Self Study Guide to Becoming Fluent
See similar books…

News & Interviews

“I'm in a weird place because the book is about to come out. So I'm basically just walking around like a raw nerve and I'm not sure that I...
41 likes · 8 comments