Prehistoric Life: The Rise of the Vertebrates

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In this fascinating and beautifully illustrated volume, the author of Dinosaur! unravels the complex mystery of life on Earth, from the emergence of the earliest organisms to the rise of the human race. Illustrated throughout with photographs, explanatory diagrams, and stunning artwork by world-renowned artist John Sibbick.

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This sequel to Norman's successful Dinosaur! (LJ 11/1/91) is an ambitious attempt to draw a broader picture of the evolution of vertebrate animals and to trace the threads of human ancestry from the first primitive organisms (the first page shows the Milky Way and the last, a group of people). It examines questions about the advantages of various evolutionary adaptations that allowed vertbrate animals to live on land, adapt to different environmental conditions, and compete with one another. The book is especially good at showing prehistoric animals in the context of their environments, and color illustrations by John Sibbick bring the creatures to life. The focus on mammals sometimes gives them undue prominence over other types of animals, and the theme of human evolution occasionally gets sidetracked. Still, this is an interesting, well-written, and thoughtful treatment of a very complex topic for general readers.
Amy Brunvand, Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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