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Evolution: The Story of Life

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By: Douglas Palmer and Peter Barrett

370 pages, colour illustrations

Mitchell Beazley

Hardback | Sep 2009 | #181485 | ISBN-13: 9781845333393
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An astonishing new book is being created. Using all the available fossil record as evidence, it presents the entire four-billion-year story of life on Earth in one single super-panoramic tableau. Never before has our collective story been told so effectively, so compellingly, so coherently, and so beautifully.

At the heart of the book is an astonishing 50m-long artwork displayed across 200 pages, supported by hundreds of photographs and illustrations, that tells the story of life on Earth. The groundbreaking visual content is complemented by an authoritative text commentary, making "Evolution" a unique work of family reference, complete with an A-Z of hundreds of species that are shown in the artwork, background information on the theory of evolution, illustrated family trees for the major animal groups, stunning photography of life's modern diversity, and details of where all the crucial fossil evidence can be seen today.


Foreword; Introduction; Introduction to evolution; the artwork - 200 pages inc two gatefolds; Trees of life: All life, Primates, Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Invertebrates, Plants; Species guide; Site gazetteer; Glossary; Index; Timeline gatefold

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Peter Barrett is a renowned natural history illustrator of more than thirty years standing. This book represents the pinnacle of his career. He lives in Devon. Douglas Palmer is a science writer and academic currently teaching at Cambridge University. His articles appear regularly in New Scientist, BBC Wildlife magazine and Science magazine. He is the author of several books, including Earth, Atlas of the Prehistoric World, Neanderthal and The Illustrated Encycopledia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life.

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