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Life of the Past


By: William I Ausich and N Gary Lane

321 pages, B/w photos, illus, maps

Prentice-Hall (Pearson Education)

Paperback | Sep 1998 | Edition: 4 | #88477 | ISBN: 0138960690
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An introduction to the history of life on Earth - the basic principles and processes, the ecologic and paleoecologic organisation, the rich history of past life forms, and the major events that shaped this history.


1. Time and Fossils. 2. The Organization of Life. 3. Rocks and Fossils. 4. Origins of the Earth, Oceans, Atmosphere, and Life. 5. Organic Evolution and Extinction. 6. Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics. 7. Paleobiogeography. 8. The Precambrian Fossil Record. 9. Introduction to Marine Communities and the Cambrian. 10. Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic Ocean-Bottom Faunas. 11. The Fossil Record of Plankton and Nekton. 12. Marine Predators. 13. Origin and Early Evolution of Terrestrial Communities. 14. Terrestrial Primary Producers: The Land Plants. 15. Early Consumers on Land: Reptiles. 16. Advanced Consumers on Land: The Mammals. 17. Primate and Human Evolution. 18. Conclusions. Glossary. Index.

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