438 pages, Col photos, b/w photos, illus, figs, tabs
Takes a fresh look at how the physical environment influenced the early evolution of life on Earth. The second half of the book looks at more proximate factors and paleoenvironmental events that influenced the diversity of life on Earth. Here, notable ecologists, evolutionary biologists and paleontologists describe drifting continents, extinction events in history, and climate change.
An excellent text for introductory courses in biology, geology, and evolution. - SOUTHEASTERN NATURALIST (May 2006) "The entries are well-written attempts at opening a broad range of material to an interested audience...Highly recommended for libraries with science programs wanting to demonstrate true interdisciplinary work." -E-STREAMS (March 2004) "...recommended for libraries supporting undergraduate programs in biology, but it may be of broader interest since the abiotic subjects covered are often studied in chemistry and geology." -CHOICE (March 2004)
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