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The last decade has seen an explosion in information about the evolution of life based on the fossil record. These recent discoveries are all assembled here in this readable, jargon-free overview. A well-priced reference for any student of geology, biology and palaeontology.
Contents: the evolution of the earliest multi-celled organisms; the earliest direct evidence for the colonisation of land by animals; new information and ideas on the earliest fossil fishes and the evolution of four-legged animals; a new candidate for the ancestor of the insects; a treasure trove of Tertiary mammals; spectacular new dinosaur finds leading to fresh ideas on their origins and life styles; new ideas on the role of predation in evolution; the impact on animals and plants rates of development on their evolution.