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

FREE Shipping

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

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

RRP: £99
Price: £9.9
£9.9 FREE Shipping

In stock

We accept the following payment methods


If a bacterium doesn’t have a resistance gene for a particular antibiotic, it can pick it up from the genetic free-for-all of other species with which it shares its environment. All that oxygen scrubbed the air of the carbon dioxide and methane that were keeping Earth warm and launched the first and longest ice age, 300 million years during which the planet became ‘Snowball Earth’, covered from pole to pole with ice. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Life teems through Henry Gee’s lyrical prose – colossal supercontinents drift, collide, and coalesce, fashioning the face of the planet as we know it today. Initially I felt I was going into a very skimmed version of similar books I had read earlier - but then once you are a few pages in, you see the differences come up.

To set the matter into perspective, however, when cyanobacteria were making their first essays into oxygenic photosynthesis—3 billion years ago or more—there was rarely enough free oxygen at any time to count as more than a minor trace pollutant. In the beginning, Earth was an inhospitably alien place―in constant chemical flux, covered with churning seas, crafting its landscape through incessant volcanic eruptions. I think the author is so knowledgeable, I would have enjoyed the detailed version, not the pocket book edition like this one. You'll find almost all the creatures mentioned in "live representations" there and have the most natural choice of personal selection, which one you want to see and learn more about! Man kann sich geradezu die hochgezogene Augenbrauc des Autors vorstellen, während er Betrachtungen über die faszinierenden Wesen anstellt, die die Erde einst bevölkert haben und immer noch Nachfahren haben, die auf der Erde leben - nur, wie lange noch?Steve Brusatte, University of Edinburgh paleontologist and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs Exhilaratingly whizzes through billions of years .

Then 63 million years ago a meteorite landed in a part of the Sea of Mexico in the Yucatan area and wiped out all the land dinosaurs. The scale is apparent from the first of a set of mind-boggling timeline graphics: this runs from the birth of the universe to ‘Extinction of life on Earth’, alarmingly close to the dotted line indicating ‘NOW’. I think everyone will enjoy this book, especially those who get most of their reading done in smallish instalments on a speeding train or a lumbering bus, and students of cosmology, geology, zoology, or biology will learn a lot, and the evocative prose will absolutely delight even the most precise readers. This book gives a fascinating and easily understandable overview of the rise and progress of life on Earth. However, I was listening to the book, and not reading it, and this is where the experience really fell short for me.We know this not only through our ability to analyse DNA nowadays but from the hollow bones, the way that they breathe and the fact that all dinosaurs laid eggs. Perhaps most striking -- and, in a way, amusing -- is that the current "human-caused carbon spike will be high but very narrow -- perhaps too narrow to be detectable in the very long term. I could potentially push through the book but it would not be an enjoyable read, no matter how useful.

The Earth’s heat, radiating outward from the molten core, keeps the planet forever on the boil, just like a pan of water simmering on a stove. They would eventually become extinct at the end of the Permian age period, some 252 million years ago. Cyanobacteria specialized in harvesting sunlight and became chloroplasts—the bright green specks now found in plant cells. Ich liebe es etwas über die Geschichte der Welt zu erfahren und auf der Suche nach einem neuen (leicht verdaulichen) Buch bin ich auf diese kurze Erzählung gestoßen. One thing that would have improved the book is a few drawings — even just one on the opening page for each chapter would have been helpful.THE RISE OF DINOSAURS: The book then covers the time between the Triassic, Cretaceous and Jurassic period when dinosaurs became the main form of life on land and they grew to incredible height and length. Book ends with the possible fate of humanity, anticipated sixth extinction and sure imminent death of our Sun and hence all life forms in earth due to lack of fuel several million years from now.

Nie úplne ľahké čítanie, hlavne obdobie prvých pár miliónov rokov, keď sa na Zemi len povaľujú šutre, ale dostanete presne to, čo kniha sľubuje: veľmi krátky, užitočný a od cicavcov ďalej aj celkom svieži prehľad dejín Zeme, ľahko nahrádzajúci pár rokov v školských laviciach, lebo vtedy ste nedávali pozor. This book also shows that humans, as the last of their species, and almost the last of the monkeys in general, may not survive long. and Lystrosaurus, which was probably the most successful vertebrate ever: “with the body of a pig, the uncompromising attitude towards food of a golden retriever, and the head of an electric can opener, Lystrosaurus was the animal equivalent of a rash of weeds on a bomb site. But as life forms emerged, as single cellular bacteria, they began to give up oxygen and through the process of photosynthesis began to acquire energy. Es hilft sich in der Geschichte des Lebens zu orientieren und je nach Interesse kann man dann je nach Thema nochmal tiefer recherchieren.

In "A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth", Henry Gee has indeed provided the reader with a short, but broad, introduction to the history of the past "4. Gee's descriptions are good, but I really missed having illustrations (for example, he refers to the 'strikingly beautiful' Dickinsonia - I wanted to see a drawing of one).

  • Fruugo ID: 258392218-563234582
  • EAN: 764486781913
  • Sold by: Fruugo

Delivery & Returns


Address: UK
All products: Visit Fruugo Shop