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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There were fart sounds and at one point talking about homo erectus’ estrus there are kissing sounds. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Methane and carbon dioxide are two of the gases in the downy filling of the insulating blanket that keeps the Earth warm. Illustration for "L'atmosphère : météorologie populaire" by Nicolas Camille Flammarion, Paris, 1888.

With authority, humor, and detail, Gee, a paleontologist and senior editor of Nature, traces the progression of life on earth from its initial stirrings. To be fair, Gee tempers that later, referring to our future as a 'few thousand to tens of thousands of years' and then a little later still as 'sooner or later'.

However, what is also remarkable is that many animals and birds that could fly, as soon as they found an island where there were no predators and they were safe they lost the ability to fly. And teeth then became more complex forms with teeth molars to manage and deal with grazing on the food that became the new substance for energy. Bacterial cells generally reproduce by dividing in half to create two identical copies of the parent cell.

Latin names for many of these earlier creatures may overwhelm some readers, but Dr Gee’s vivid descriptions of these plants and animals provide fascinating mental images of these beings that lived so long ago, such as the land-dwelling amphibian, Eryops, “which looked like a bullfrog imagining itself as an alligator. The Times 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 . Go to a museum and see bones of fins and you will see how similar they are to the bones in our arms and feet – as are all mammals.

The way the book is formatted you move forward through time with the Earth as it starts out in the earliest and then move forward.

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