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The Resource Darwin's lost world : the hidden history of animal life, Martin Brasier

Darwin's lost world : the hidden history of animal life, Martin Brasier

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Darwin's lost world : the hidden history of animal life
Title
Darwin's lost world
Title remainder
the hidden history of animal life
Statement of responsibility
Martin Brasier
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This book is about the quest to solve Darwin's Dilemma. Since Darwin's time, paleontologists have been seeking the hidden history of animals. And sure enough, they have found fossils, all over the world, going back far into the past; fossils that would have thrilled Darwin - large, enigmatic marine forms, and a veritable feast of tiny single cells. But the relatively sudden (geologically speaking) dawn of the modern world of animals - the 'Cambrian explosion' - has remained a puzzle. Was it really an 'explosion' of new forms? Or was it simply an explosion of fossils, once animals acquired hard parts which could be well preserved?" "In this book, Martin Brasier describes the nature and challenges of the quest, which has taken scientists to the remotest locations. He argues that the Cambrian explosion was real - a genuine and profound change affecting the whole Earth system. And the cause may have been intrinsic to life itself. Small changes can cascade into massive ones. It might only have taken the appearance of one or a handful of predators to change the world. The Cambrian explosion was a watershed: once life acquired teeth, the Earth was never the same again."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
UKM
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Brasier, M. D
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QE653
LC item number
.B73 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Geology, Stratigraphic
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Präkambrium
  • Fossil
  • Evolution
Label
Darwin's lost world : the hidden history of animal life, Martin Brasier
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-294) and index
Contents
In search of lost worlds -- The devil's toenail -- A fossilized jelly baby -- The first terror with teeth -- A worm that changed the world -- A mistaken point -- Reign of the Snow Queen -- Through a lens, darkly -- Torridon
Control code
269433645
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 304 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780199548972
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2008942575
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
(OCoLC)269433645
Label
Darwin's lost world : the hidden history of animal life, Martin Brasier
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-294) and index
Contents
In search of lost worlds -- The devil's toenail -- A fossilized jelly baby -- The first terror with teeth -- A worm that changed the world -- A mistaken point -- Reign of the Snow Queen -- Through a lens, darkly -- Torridon
Control code
269433645
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 304 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780199548972
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2008942575
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
(OCoLC)269433645

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