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A (very) short history of life on earth : 4.6 billion years in 12 chapters

Gee, Henry, 1962-2021
For billions of years, Earth was an inhospitably alien place - covered with churning seas, slowly crafting its landscape by way of incessant volcanic eruptions, the atmosphere in a constant state of chemical flux. And yet, despite facing literally every conceivable setback that living organisms could encounter, life has been extinguished and picked itself up to evolve again. Life has learned and adapted and continued through the billions of years that followed. It has weathered fire and ice. Slimes begat sponges, who through billions of years of complex evolution and adaptation grew a backbone, braved the unknown of pitiless shores, and sought an existence beyond the sea. From that first foray to the spread of early hominids who later became Homo sapiens, life has persisted, undaunted. A (Very) Short History of Life is an enlightening story of survival, of persistence, illuminating the delicate balance within which life has always existed, and continues to exist today. It is our planet like you've never seen it before. Life teems through Henry Gee's lyrical prose -- colossal supercontinents drift, collide, and coalesce, fashioning the face of the planet as we know it today. Creatures are engagingly personified, from 'gregarious' bacteria populating the seas to duelling dinosaurs in the Triassic period to magnificent mammals with the future in their (newly evolved) grasp. Those long extinct, almost alien early life forms are resurrected in evocative detail. Life's evolutionary steps -- from the development of a digestive system to the awe of creatures taking to the skies in flight -- are conveyed with an alluring, up-close intimacy.
London : Picador, 2021.©2021
318 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A song of fire and ice -- Animals assemble -- The backbone begins -- Running aground -- Arise, amniotes -- Triassic Park -- Dinosaurs in flight -- Those magnificent mammals -- Planet of the apes -- Across the world -- The end of prehistory -- The past of the future.
9781529060577 (pbk)9781529060577
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Sandringham LibraryAdult Non Fiction - Environment576.83 GEEOnloan - Due: 04 Jul 2024
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