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Published: 27 November 2008

184 Pages | 20 halftones


ISBN: 9780199226320

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The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

Michael J. Benton

Very Short Introductions

  • Each chapter describes a major step in the history of life - the breakthroughs that made new forms of life possible
  • Explores the origins of sex, the first multicellular creatures, explains how hard skeletons evolved, why animals moved to land, and how the first forests were born
  • Presents a completely up-to-date picture of the earliest origins of life, exploring new concepts such as the 'RNA world' and the Last Universal Common Ancestor
  • Takes an interdisciplinary view - introducing new ideas from many areas including evolutionary biology, earth history, geochemistry, palaeontology, systematics, and astrobiology
  • Covers life on land, and in the sea and air, and looks at animals and plants from algae and insects to dinosaurs and mammals
  • Includes the latest perspectives on human evolution

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