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Author Prothero, Donald R., author.

Title The story of life in 25 fossils : tales of intrepid fossil hunters and the wonders of evolution / Donald R. Prothero.

Publication Info. New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]


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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Planet of the scum. The first fossils : Cryptozoon -- Garden of Ediacara. The first multicellular life : Charnia -- "Little shellies." The first shells : Cloudina -- Oh, give me a home, when the trilobites roamed. The first large shelled animals : Olenellus -- Is it a worm or an arthropod? The origin of arthropods : Hallucigenia -- Is it a worm or a mollusc? The origin of molluscs : Pilina -- Growing from the sea. The origin of land plants : Cooksonia -- A fishy tale. The origin of vertebrates : Haikouichthys -- Mega-jaws. The largest fish : Carcharocles -- Fish out of water. The origin of amphibians : Tiktaalik -- "Frogamander." The origin of frogs : Gerobatrachus -- Turtle on the half-shell. The origin of turtles : Odontochelys -- Walking serpents. The origin of snakes : Haasiophis -- King of the fish-lizards. The largest marine reptile : Shonisaurus -- Terror of the seas. The largest sea monster : Kronosaurus -- Monster flesh-eater. The largest predator : Giganotosaurus -- Land of the giants. The largest land animal : Argentinosaurus -- A feather in stone. The first bird : Archaeopteryx -- Not quite a mammal. The origin of mammals : Thrinaxodon -- Walking into the water. The origin of whales : Ambulocetus -- Walking manatees. The origin of sirenians : Pezosiren -- Dawn horses. The origin of horses : Eohippus -- Rhinoceros giants. The largest land mammal : Paraceratherium -- The ape's reflection? The oldest human fossil : Sahelanthropus -- Lucy in the sky with diamonds. The oldest human skeleton : Australopithecus afarensis -- Appendix. The best natural history museums.
Summary Every fossil tells a story. Prothero recounts the adventures behind the discovery of twenty-five famous, beautifully preserved fossils and explains their significance within the larger fossil record, creating a riveting history of life on our planet.
Language English.
Subject Fossils.
Life -- Origin.
Evolution (Biology)
SCIENCE -- Earth Sciences -- Geology.
Genre/Form Electronic book.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Title Story of life in twenty-five fossils
Other Form: Print version: Prothero, Donald R. Story of life in 25 fossils 9780231171908 (DLC) 2015003667 (OCoLC)900031557
ISBN 1322349584 (electronic bk.)
9781322349589 (electronic bk.)
9780231539425 (electronic bk.)
0231539428 (electronic bk.)
9780231171908 (cloth ; acid-free paper)
0231171900 (cloth ; acid-free paper)
Standard No. 99963602832
10.7312/prot17190 doi
AU@ 000059480880
CHBIS 011306198
CHVBK 530866161
GBVCP 834637650

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