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A (very) short history of life on Earth : 4.6 billion years in 12 pithy chapters / Henry Gee.

Gee, Henry, 1962- (author.).

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North Kansas City Public Library 576.83 GEE 2021 (Text) 0001002390415 Nonfiction New Checked out 12/15/2021

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General Note:
"Originally published in the United Kingdom by Picador."
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Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
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 ofthe future.
Summary, etc.:
"In the tradition of E.H. Gombrich, Stephen Hawking, and Alan Weisman-an entertaining and uniquely informed narration of Life's life story. In the beginning, Earth was an inhospitably alien place-in constant chemical flux, covered with churning seas, crafting its landscape through incessant volcanic eruptions. Amid all this tumult and disaster, life began. The earliest living things were no more than membranes stretched across microscopic gaps in rocks, where boiling hot jets of mineral-rich water gushedout from cracks in the ocean floor. Although these membranes were leaky, the environment within them became different from the raging maelstrom beyond. These havens of order slowly refined the generation of energy, using it to form membrane-bound bubblesthat were mostly-faithful copies of their parents-a foamy lather of soap-bubble cells standing as tiny clenched fists, defiant against the lifeless world. Life on this planet has continued in much the same way for millennia, adapting to literally every conceivable setback that living organisms could encounter and thriving, from these humblest beginnings to the thrilling and unlikely story of ourselves. In A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth, Henry Gee zips through the last 4.6 billion years with infectious enthusiasm and intellectual rigor. Drawing on the very latest scientific understanding and writing in a clear, accessible style, he tells an enlightening tale of survival and persistence that illuminates the delicate balance within which life has always existed"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Evolution (Biology) > History.
Life > Origin.

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