Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 November 2008

312 Pages | 13 line diagrams, & 8pp B&W plate section

5-1/4 x 7-3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199548149

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The Emerald Planet

How Plants Changed Earth's History

David Beerling

  • A wonderful, interdisciplinary approach examining the role of plants in Earth's history, encompassing evolution, climate change, botany, palaeontology, and history of science.
  • Reveals the extraordinary amount that plants can tell us about the history of the planet -- something that has often been overlooked among the preoccupations with dinosaur bones and animal fossils.
  • Provides a fascinating perspective on the controversial and crucial subject of global warming--for we can only fully understand climate change today by looking into the distant past, long before the rise of mankind.
  • Incorporates cutting-edge research.
  • Explains current science in an accessible and entertaining way.
  • Looks at many fascinating puzzles: Why did plants evolve leaves? When and how did forests once grow on Antarctica? How did prehistoric insects manage to grow so large?

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