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Evolution in Action: Natural History Through Spectacular Skeletons

Art / Photobook

By: Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu and Patrick Gries

424 pages, 187 colour photos, b/w illustrations

Thames & Hudson

Hardback | Sep 2011 | Edition: 2 | #192398 | ISBN-13: 9780500515983
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About this book

Spectacular, mysterious, elegant, or grotesque, the vertebrate skeletons of Earth's fossil record carry within them the traces of several billion years of life. "Evolution in Action", a success on its initial publication in 2007, is a unique and beautiful attempt to provide a map of those billion years in time. Now updated and presented in a smaller format with seventeen new distinctive photographs, this book steps beyond the debate and presents the truth of Darwin's theory, showing through 200 photographs of skeletons both obscure and commonplace, but always intriguing, the process by which life has transformed itself, again and again.


1. Architecture
2. Classification
3. The Birth of Species
4. Selection and Seduction
5. The Power of Environment
6. Evolutionary Tinkering
7. Constructions and Deconstructions
8. A Question of Size
9. Time and Evolution
10. Our Family

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Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu is a Professor of Natural Sciences and a Doctor of Biological Oceanography.

Patrick Gries is a photographer. Among his most notable projects is his collaboration with the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris.

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