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Die Geschichte des Lebens in 100 Fossilien [A History of Life in 100 Fossils]

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By: Paul D Taylor(Author), Aaron O'Dea(Author), Gudrun Kräbs(Translated by)

224 pages, 106 colour illustrations

Theiss Verlag

Hardback | Sep 2015 | #226122 | ISBN-13: 9783806231489
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Language: German

This is the epic story of life on Earth, uniquely retold through some of the most significant fossils ever found. Die Geschichte des Lebens in 100 Fossilien travels through 3.5 billion years of Earth's history and across all seven continents, showcasing the unusual and wonderful creatures that have played a pivotal role in our evolutionary past. Ancient Australian microbes reveal the very first signs of life on Earth, tiny Triassic snails demonstrate the effects of past mass extinctions, and the remains of our own ancestors tell us where we came from. The history of all living things can be found in the ground. Epic tales of survival and migration, evolution and destruction are hidden in the buried remains of animals and plants that lived long ago.

Die Geschichte des Lebens in 100 Fossilien brings together remarkable fossil discoveries to illustrate how life on Earth evolved. Palaeontologists Paul D. Taylor and Aaron O'Dea explain the importance of each fossil and tell the engaging stories of the sharp-eyed and sharp-witted people who discovered them. Discover Cambrian worms from China that provide a window on early animal life in the sea, ancient insects encapsulated by amber, the first fossil bird Archaeopteryx and the last ancestor of humankind. The fossils have been selected from the renowned collections of the two premier natural history museums in the world, London's Natural History Museum and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington. Each fossil is beautifully illustrated with photographs to bring this unique story to life.

Summary in German:
Mit 100 weltberühmten Fossilien, 100 großartigen Bildern und in 100 kenntnisreichen Geschichten zeichnen Paul D. Taylor und Aaron O’Dea die Entwicklung des Lebens auf der Erde nach. So wie der berühmte Ur-Vogel Archaeopterix, ein Lebewesen mit Krallen, Zähnen, einem knöchernen Schwanz sowie Federn und Flügeln, spielen weitere 99 faszinierende Lebewesen aus der Urzeit eine wichtige Schlüsselrolle in unserer evolutionären Vergangenheit. Von urzeitlichen australischen Mikroben bis hin zu dem ersten bedeutenden Fund eines menschlichen Schädels in Afrika nehmen die Autoren den Leser mit auf eine Reise zu allen Kontinenten und durch 3,5 Milliarden Jahre Erdgeschichte.

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