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The Resource The story of life in 25 fossils : tales of intrepid fossil hunters and the wonders of evolution, Donald R. Prothero

The story of life in 25 fossils : tales of intrepid fossil hunters and the wonders of evolution, Donald R. Prothero

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The story of life in 25 fossils : tales of intrepid fossil hunters and the wonders of evolution
Title
The story of life in 25 fossils
Title remainder
tales of intrepid fossil hunters and the wonders of evolution
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Donald R. Prothero
Title variation
Story of life in twenty-five fossils
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Language
eng
Summary
Every fossil tells a story. Best-selling paleontology author Donald R. Prothero describes twenty-five famous, beautifully preserved fossils in a gripping scientific history of life on Earth. Recounting the adventures behind the discovery of these objects and fully interpreting their significance within the larger fossil record, Prothero creates a riveting history of life on our planet. The twenty-five fossils portrayed in this book catch animals in their evolutionary splendor as they transition from one kind of organism to another. We witness extinct plants and animals of microscopic and immense size and thrilling diversity. We learn about fantastic land and sea creatures that have no match in nature today. Along the way, we encounter such fascinating fossils as the earliest trilobite, Olenellus; the giant shark Carcharocles; the "fishibian" Tiktaalik; the "Frogamander" and the "Turtle on the Half-Shell"; enormous marine reptiles and the biggest dinosaurs known; the first bird, Archaeopteryx; the walking whale Ambulocetus; the gigantic hornless rhinoceros Paraceratherium, the largest land mammal that ever lived; and the Australopithecus nicknamed "Lucy," the oldest human skeleton. We meet the scientists and adventurers who pioneered paleontology and learn about the larger intellectual and social contexts in which their discoveries were made. Finally, we find out where to see these splendid fossils in the world's great museums. Ideal for all who love prehistoric landscapes and delight in the history of science, this book makes a treasured addition to any bookshelf, stoking curiosity in the evolution of life on Earth
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Prothero, Donald R
Dewey number
560
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QE723
LC item number
.P76 2015
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Fossils
  • Paleontology
  • Life
  • Evolution (Biology)
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The story of life in 25 fossils : tales of intrepid fossil hunters and the wonders of evolution, Donald R. Prothero
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Planet of the scum. The first fossils ; Cryptozoon -- Garden of Ediacara. The first multicellular life ; Charnia -- "Little shellies." The first shells ; Cloudina -- Oh, give me a home, when the trilobites roamed. The first large shelled animals ; Olenellus -- Is it a worm or an arthropod? The origin of arthropods ; Hallucigenia -- Is it a worm or a mollusk? The origin of molluscs ; Pilina -- Growing from the sea. The origin of land plants ; cooksonia -- A fishy tale. The origin of vertebrates ; Haikouichthys -- Mega-jaws. The largest fish ; Carcharocles -- Fish out of water. the origin of amphibians ; Tiktaalki == "Frogmander." The origin of frogs ; Gerobatrachus -- Turtle on the half-shall. The origin of turtles ; Odontochelys -- Walking serpents. The origin of snakes ; Haasiophis -- King of the fish lizards. The largest marine reptile ; Shonisaurus -- Terror of the seas. The largest sea monster ; Kronosaurus -- Monster flesh-eater. The largest predator ; Giganotosaurus -- Land of the giants. The largest land anima. ; Argentinosaurus -- A feather in stone. The first bird ; Archaeopteryx -- Not quite a mammal. The origin of mammals ; Thrinaxodon -- Walking into the water. The origin of whales ; Ambulocetus -- Walking manatees. The origin of sirenians ; Pezosiren -- Dawn horses. The origin of horses ; Edhippus -- Rhinoceros giants. The largest land mammal ; Paraceratherium -- The ape's reflection? The oldest human fossil ; Sahelanthropus -- Lucy in the sky with diamonds. The oldest human skeleton ; Australopithecus afarensis -- Appendix. The best natural history museums
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 389 pages
Isbn
9780231171908
Lccn
2015003667
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
99963602832
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illustrations, maps
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  • sky273854669
  • (OCoLC)900031557
  • 908606
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The story of life in 25 fossils : tales of intrepid fossil hunters and the wonders of evolution, Donald R. Prothero
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Planet of the scum. The first fossils ; Cryptozoon -- Garden of Ediacara. The first multicellular life ; Charnia -- "Little shellies." The first shells ; Cloudina -- Oh, give me a home, when the trilobites roamed. The first large shelled animals ; Olenellus -- Is it a worm or an arthropod? The origin of arthropods ; Hallucigenia -- Is it a worm or a mollusk? The origin of molluscs ; Pilina -- Growing from the sea. The origin of land plants ; cooksonia -- A fishy tale. The origin of vertebrates ; Haikouichthys -- Mega-jaws. The largest fish ; Carcharocles -- Fish out of water. the origin of amphibians ; Tiktaalki == "Frogmander." The origin of frogs ; Gerobatrachus -- Turtle on the half-shall. The origin of turtles ; Odontochelys -- Walking serpents. The origin of snakes ; Haasiophis -- King of the fish lizards. The largest marine reptile ; Shonisaurus -- Terror of the seas. The largest sea monster ; Kronosaurus -- Monster flesh-eater. The largest predator ; Giganotosaurus -- Land of the giants. The largest land anima. ; Argentinosaurus -- A feather in stone. The first bird ; Archaeopteryx -- Not quite a mammal. The origin of mammals ; Thrinaxodon -- Walking into the water. The origin of whales ; Ambulocetus -- Walking manatees. The origin of sirenians ; Pezosiren -- Dawn horses. The origin of horses ; Edhippus -- Rhinoceros giants. The largest land mammal ; Paraceratherium -- The ape's reflection? The oldest human fossil ; Sahelanthropus -- Lucy in the sky with diamonds. The oldest human skeleton ; Australopithecus afarensis -- Appendix. The best natural history museums
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 389 pages
Isbn
9780231171908
Lccn
2015003667
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
99963602832
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • sky273854669
  • (OCoLC)900031557
  • 908606

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