Why do we look the way we do What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today s most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpe
High in the Canadian Rockies is a small limestone quarry formed 530 million years ago called the Burgess Shale It hold the remains of an ancient sea where dozens of strange creatures lived a forgotten corner of evolution preserved in awesome detail In this book Stephen Jay Gould explores what the
This groundbreaking book reveals that, far from being sluggish reptiles, dinosaurs were actually agile, fast, warm blooded, and intelligent The author explodes the old orthodoxies and gives us a convincing picture of how dinosaurs hunted, fed, mated, fought and died.Containing over 200 detailed ill
With Trilobite, Richard Fortey, paleontologist and author of the acclaimed Life, offers a marvelously written, smart and compelling, accessible and witty scientific narrative of the most ubiquitous of fossil creatures.Trilobites were shelled animals that lived in the oceans over five hundred million
In 1810, a sister and brother uncover the fossilized skull of an unknown animal in the cliffs on the south coast of England With its long snout and prominent teeth, it might be a crocodile except that it has a huge, bulbous eye n nRemarkable Creatures is the story of Mary Anning, who has a talent
Today it is common knowledge that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a meteorite impact 65 million years ago that killed half of all species then living Far less well known is a much greater catastrophe that took place at the end of the Permian period 251 million years ago 90 percent of life was dest
Over the last half billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impac
Dinosaurs, with their awe inspiring size, terrifying claws and teeth, and otherworldly abilities, occupy a sacred place in our childhoods They loom over museum halls, thunder through movies, and are a fundamental part of our collective imagination In My Beloved Brontosaurus, the dinosaur fanatic B
The story of one of the greatest adventures of twentieth century science, told by the central figure It is a great read for both scientist and layperson Richard Muller, author of Nemesis The Death Star Sixty five million years ago, a comet or asteroid larger than Mt Everest slammed into
What if we woke up one morning all of the dinosaur bones in the world were gone How would we know these iconic animals had a165 million year history on earth, and had adapted to all land based environments from pole to pole What clues would be left to discern not only their presence, but also to l
Adored by children and adults alike, Tyrannosaurus is the most famous dinosaur in the world, one that pops up again and again in pop culture, often battling other beasts such as King Kong, Triceratops or velociraptors in Jurassic Park But despite the hype, Tyrannosaurus and the other tyrannosaurs a
Over the past twenty years, the study of dinosaurs has transformed into a true scientific discipline New technologies have revealed secrets locked in prehistoric bones that no one could have previously predicted We can now work out the color of dinosaurs, the force of their bite, their top speeds,
Recounts the author s search for evidence of baby dinosaurs in the badlands of Montana and his discovery of dinosaur nests and of two new species.
A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice Extraordinary Anyone with the slightest interest in biology should read this book The New York Times Book Review A marvelous museum of the past four billion years on earth capacious, jammed with treasures, full of learning and wide eyed wonder.