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

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These small, swift creatures with forward-facing eyes, inclined to curiosity and exploration, would eventually give rise to Homo sapiens.

Pretty humbling and made me want to both hug my kids and just marvel that we get to be here to be reflective on this amazing universe. Having never been a fan of biology, with little to no background knowledge, this is more than a mouthful for an introduction to the subject. Henry Gee is the award-winning author of 'A (Very) Short History of Life On Earth', His other books include 'The Accidental Species' and 'The Science of Middle-earth'. A Tyrannosaurus rex would’ve had teeth the size of the banana and as if they were made from steel, but they were also dinosaurs that could walk upon the palm of your hand and we’re no bigger than the size of a crow.Some of the names of long extinct creatures were tongue twisters but how amazing to have a freeze frame time chart of how life has evolved looking at time from an evolutionary perspective rather than our own time reference - life learning how to adapt and grow in the challenges of existing in a volatile (though sometimes balmy) but always changing planet.

It's bad enough when publishers add music at chapter breaks, but random music under narration is untenable. We have already incurred a massive ‘extinction debt’ by damaging our own habitat; our population is likely to start falling by around 2100; our genetic variation is woefully insufficient.Changes occurred between shifts and tectonic plates which created single masses of land including grass and water. Although these membranes were leaky, the environment within them became different from the raging maelstrom beyond. There are bacteria that thrive on crude oil, on solvents that cause cancer in humans, or even in nuclear waste.

As the Cambrian period occurred, trilobites, which were anthropoids, and had jointed limbs began to emerge. Es hilft sich in der Geschichte des Lebens zu orientieren und je nach Interesse kann man dann je nach Thema nochmal tiefer recherchieren. The first rumbles of an oncoming storm came from the rifting and breakup of a supercontinent, Rodinia.The text of the book is fine from what I could tell, read it and enjoy, the audiobook I would not recommend to anyone.

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