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Fossils: A Very Short Introduction By Keith Thomson (Professor and Director of Oxford University Museum of Natural History Museum)

Fossils: A Very Short Introduction
by Keith Thomson (Professor and Director of Oxford University Museum of Natural History Museum)

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Addresses question such as: how did Darwin use fossils to support his theory of evolution? What are 'living fossils'? Building on the scientific aspects, this book places fossils in a human context, highlighting their impact on philosophy, mythology, our concept of time, and popular culture. It provides an explanation of fossils as a phenomenon.
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Fossils: A Very Short Introduction by Keith Thomson (Professor and Director of Oxford University Museum of Natural History Museum)

Fossils have been vital to our understanding of the formation of the earth and the origins of all life on it. However, their impact has not been limited to debates about geology and evolution: attempts to explain their existence has shaken religion at its very roots, and they have remained a subject of ceaseless fascination for people of all ages and backgrounds. In this delightful book, Keith Thomson provides a remarkably all-encompassing explanation of fossils as a phenomenon. How did Darwin use fossils to support his theory of evolution? What are 'living fossils'? What fossils will we leave behind for future generations to examine? Building on the scientific aspects, he places fossils in a very human context, highlighting their impact on philosophy and mythology, our concept of time, and today's popular culture. What quickly becomes obvious is that the discovery of fossils and the ways in which they have been interpreted over time makes for fascinating reading. From the black market to the Piltdown Man, and from mythological dragons to living dinosaurs, fossils hold a permanent place in the popular imagination. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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About Keith Thomson (Professor and Director of Oxford University Museum of Natural History Museum)


Keith Thomson is Professor and Director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. He writes a regular column for American Scientist, and has published over 200 scientific and popular articles. Publications also include Treasure on Earth (Faber 2002), The Common But Less Frequent Loon (Yale, 1996-nominated for national book award), and The Watch on the Heath (under preparation with HarperCollins).

Table of Contents


1. Introduction ; 2. A cultural phenomenon ; 3. In the popular imagination ; 4. Some things we know, some things we don't ; 5. Against the odds ; 6. Bringing fossils to life ; 7. Evolving ; 8. Of molecules and man ; 9. Fakes and fortunes ; 10. Back to the future ; Further reading

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Fossils: A Very Short Introduction by Keith Thomson (Professor and Director of Oxford University Museum of Natural History Museum)
Keith Thomson (Professor and Director of Oxford University Museum of Natural History Museum)
Very Short Introductions
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2005-10-13
160
0192805045
9780192805041
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