A (Very) Short History of Life On Earth: 4.6 Billion Years in 12 Chapters

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A (Very) Short History of Life On Earth: 4.6 Billion Years in 12 Chapters

A (Very) Short History of Life On Earth: 4.6 Billion Years in 12 Chapters

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Die Karriere aller Lebewesen ende mit dem Aussterben, zitiert Gee in seinem Nachwort den britischen Politiker Enoch Powell. The complexities of life, whether it be the carboniferous era "forests" of old, the Lystrosaurus, which for millions of years roamed the Earth as the dominant species on the planet, the evolution of birds from reptilians, and the interesting menagerie of life in the ocean, are all presented well.

A brief history of life on Earth by Henry Gee is a short history of life on earth, concise but wonderfully told. 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.These small, swift creatures with forward-facing eyes, inclined to curiosity and exploration, would eventually give rise to Homo sapiens. Like Neils Bohr and others, I believe that prediction is difficult, especially about the future, and I prefer the less definitive figure. LAND AND CLIMATE: Another important thing to consider in regard to the evolution of animals is the nature of the land. Gee begins the last chapter of this hugely enjoyable page-turner by modifying a line from Tolstoy: ‘All happy, thriving species are the same.

This is now the best book available about the huge changes in our planet and its living creatures, over the billions of years of the Earth’s existence.The text of the book is fine from what I could tell, read it and enjoy, the audiobook I would not recommend to anyone. Schade, dass es außer den schematischen Karten der Erdzeitalter keine Illustrationen gibt, die diese Vielfalt auch optisch verdeutlichen, obwohl die für ein Sachbuch durchaus bildhafte Schreibweise doch die Vorstellungskraft anregt. Less dense materials such as aluminum, silicon, and oxygen combine into a light froth of rocks near the surface.

At the single cellular creatures existed on the planet for millions of years, they eventually became multicellular in the form of sponges, which existing in the water that have been full of waste, they began to filter the water, so it became cleaner and gave up enough waste products and they became the most abundant source of life on the planet. Viewed from the kind of wide-angle perspective that Gee opens up, our human presence looks vanishingly insignificant.If you're prone to fleeting moments in the midst of daily tasks in which you stop to question how all this precious life came to be, the answers can be found conveniently packed within these pages. Of course, a small book such as this will not, in any way, exhaustively cover any of the topics or lifeforms contained within. I could potentially push through the book but it would not be an enjoyable read, no matter how useful.

HUMANS: the story of Homo sapiens, is it for more than a quarter of 1 million years of failure, and at the first 98% of our existence, the tale of Homo sapiens, as one of heart-breaking tragedy, had any of the participants survived to tell the tale.My one quibble about the book is the speculative nature of some of the information in chapter 12, but this is a minor point.



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