Evolving Planet: Four Billion Years of Life on Earth

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9780810994867: Evolving Planet: Four Billion Years of Life on Earth

Evolution, always a hot topic, is the central focus of this wide-ranging history of life on Earth.

 

Long before all the life we see today ever came to be from the lions of Africa, to the ants of the rainforests, to the bacteria that thrive in the depths of the ocean countless other life-forms once swam, crawled, flew, or bloomed on our planet.

 

The very first forms of life appeared on Earth four billion years ago. From single-celled organisms, to dinosaurs, to mammals, and finally to humans, Evolving Planet traces the path of life that has been constantly evolving. The book provides an overview of Earth’s amazing diversity of life, both in the seas and oceans as well as on the land, and reveals its variety and uniqueness throughout the ages. With life comes death, and the book discusses the mass extinctions five thus far that have also shaped the history of our planet. Readers will be able to see the whole history in perspective in this fascinating volume. The book includes a glossary, a pronunciation key, a bibliography, and an index.

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About the Author:

Erica Kelly developed the Evolving Planet exhibition at The Field Museum. A writer and specialist in using creative interpretive methods to connect audiences with subject matter, she has developed exhibitions on topics ranging from ancient Chinese jades to natural disasters to the life cycle of the cicada. Richard Kissel is a paleontologist and educator at The Field Museum, where he served as content specialist on the Evolving Planet exhibition. He has traveled the world in search of fossils from throughout Earth’s history, excavating the remains of everything from trilobites to dinosaurs to mastodons. Erica and Richard both live in Chicago.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 5–8—This book is, in effect, a companion to a spectacular exhibit at The Field Museum in Chicago—a panoramic view of the evolutionary history of life on Earth. Opening with an invitation to a newly formed planet devoid of life, the authors ask readers to proceed through successive periods—the Cambrian and the Ordovician, the Silurian and the Devonian—right up to the Cenozoic era, during which modern man evolved. Interspersed are segments on various mass extinctions, the contribution of Charles Darwin, the development of legs and "good eggs," and various other aspects of history. Introductory text for each period is accompanied by a "you are there" time line, a small map of the then-current global geography, and several pages of excellent illustrations of contemporary life-forms. The lively bits of text are well supported by informative captions. Human evolution is part of this package, including a nifty page on "Useless Body Parts" (think of the muscles used to wiggle your ears—if you still have them). Museum-loving readers will pounce on this volume, and dinophiles may be surprised at the long prehistory of their beloved "monsters." Supplemental books might include Linda Gamlin's Evolution (DK, 2000).—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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