The Kingfisher Book of Evolution follows the story of life as it unfolds on Earth. Every aspect of evolution is covered, beginning with a look at the first primitive organisms 3.5 million years ago and ending with a daring vision of life in the future. Explore evolution from the perspectives of religion, myth, and history; join Darwin on his exciting voyage of discovery on the Beagle; and witness vivid reconstructions of the lives of our ancestors! The clear text, detailed illustrations and photographs make it easy for young readers to understand the science behind concepts such as genetics, heredity, and cloning, and to follow the trail of life from DNA to dinosaurs and beyond. Includes a factfile, glossary, and index.
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Stephen Webster, a winner of the Glaxo Science Writers Award, has written and edited many books on science for young people.From School Library Journal:
Gr 5-9-This ambitious undertaking attempts to be all encompassing, but it is fragmentary and simplistic. Going beyond the basic tenet of explaining the complexities of evolution, Webster includes a section on future evolutionary trends as well, incorporating cloning and gene therapy, the possible direction of human evolution, and even includes "alien" evolutionary possibilities. Divided into double-page "chapters" that constrict the information flow, the text is further broken down into captions and headed paragraphs. Certain complex concepts do not fare well with such oversimplification. Take, for example, the assertion that "All mammals are intelligent creatures, good parents, and very sociable-." Intelligent probably, but not always good parents (watch the nightly news), and not always sociable (North American badgers, grizzly bears, and most wild felines, to name a few, tend to be loners). The glossary defines an atom as "The smallest particle of matter." The artwork, some of which is merely decorative, consists of a plethora of photos, colorful illustrations, and diagrams scattered on every page. Some of the diagrams-e.g., that of migrating arctic terns-are a tad confusing. There is food for the mind here, if properly sifted. Linda Gamlin's eye-catching Evolution (DK, 1993) is less ambitious though the format is similar and works better, and Alvin Silverstein's Evolution (21st Century, 1998) is far less visual, but has a smoother flow of text. In many areas of the country, the subject is still a very sticky wicket, and the topic demands the best presentation possible. This is not it.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Book Description Kingfisher, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110753452715
Book Description Kingfisher. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0753452715 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1244208