Books  Evolutionary Biology  Evolutionary Biology 

What on Earth Evolved? ...In Brief: 100 Species That Changed the World

Popular Science

By: Christopher Lloyd (Author)

468 pages, colour plates, b&w illus

Bloomsbury Publishing

This item has a replacement

The Story of the World in 100 Species

In the retitled paperback edition of his book What on Earth Evolved?,...

NHBS Price: £19.99 $24/€22 approx
Paperback | Jun 2010 | #186513 | ISBN-13: 9781408802892
Availability: Usually dispatched within 6 days Details
NHBS Price: £9.99 $12/€11 approx
Hardback | Oct 2009 | #182442 | ISBN-13: 9780747599623
Out of Print Details

About this book

What is life? Why have creatures evolved as they are? Which species have been the most successful? Where does humanity fit in? Christopher Lloyd leads us on an extraordinary journey, from the birth of life to the present day, as he attempts to answer these questions and to explain, in a jargon-free way, the phenomena that we call 'life on Earth'. Lloyd starts off on the early Earth, 'before man', when loose strands of genetic code swarmed the planet, and moves on to explore the creatures that evolved in the murky deep and crept up on the shore to become pioneers of life on land. He then investigates the world 'after man' and how the co-evolution of humans and a range of other key species has transformed the planet over the last 12,000 years.

Along the way, he weaves in potted biographies of the one hundred most influential species that have ever lived, with candidates as diverse as slime, sea scorpions, dragonflies, potatoes, ants, tulips, sheep and grapes. Finally, the species are ranked into a table of influence to reveal those that have most changed life on Earth. Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Darwin's On the Origin of Species, this beautifully illustrated, wide-ranging book provides an entertaining and eye opening insight into mankind's place in nature, and our pivotal relationship with the Earth itself: past, present and future.

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for this product. Be the first to review this product!


Christopher Lloyd read history at Cambridge, where he graduated with a double-first, before becoming technology correspondent for the Sunday Times. In 1994 he won the Texaco award for the Science Journalist of the Year. After leaving journalism, he ran a number of internet and educational publishing businesses. In 2006 he decided to home-school his two daughters, and the inspiration to write his first book, What On Earth Happened?, published in 2008, came during a four-month tour of Europe with his family.

Bestsellers in this subject

Avian Evolution

NHBS Price: £64.99 $80/€73 approx

Alfred Russel Wallace

NHBS Price: £12.99 $16/€15 approx

Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs

NHBS Special Offer Price: £12.99 £14.99 (Save £2.00) $16/€15 approx (ends 31/12/2016)

The Walking Whales

NHBS Price: £24.95 $31/€28 approx

The Arrival of the Fittest

NHBS Price: £9.99 $12/€11 approx