The living world today contains all kinds of creatures that do unexpected things - we have come to expect that there were complex and unusual ways of life in the past, and that evolution took some unexpected turns at times. Entertainingly written for students, "History of Life, 3rd Edition" takes you to the edge of current knowledge. The text covers the field succinctly with the appropriate depth - for the undergraduate market. This is the only book on the market to cover the vertebrates in depth - the easiest group or organisms for the student to focus on. The examples are drawn from both vertebrate and invertebrate fossil record - all animal life is detailed. The careful choice of subject matter makes this book suitable for introductory courses - it covers only the key processes that have shaped the Earth. The features new to this edition include: fuller coverage of invertebrates within the text and an appendix dedicated to them; glossary and key terms; updated art program; web site component with additional artwork, text, and discussion forums.
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Table of Contents
Preface1 The Origin of Life2 Earth's Earliest Life3 Sex and Nuclei: Eukaryotes4 The Evolution of Animals5 Life in a Changing World6 Extinction7 The Early Vertebrates8 Leaving the Water9 Amphibians and Reptiles10 Reptiles and Thermoregulation11 The Triassic Takeover12 Dinosaurs13 Were Dinosaurs Warm-Blooded?14 The Evolution of Flight15 The Origin of Mammals16 Marine Reptiles17 Why flowers are Beautiful18 The End of the Dinosaurs19 Cenozoic Mammals: Origins, Guilds and Trends20 Geography and Evolution21 Primates22 Evolving Toward Humans23 The Ice Age24 Humans and the Ice AgeGlossaryIndex
History of Life by Richard Cowen
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