Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

Why do we look the way we do What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today s most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpe

Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

High in the Canadian Rockies is a small limestone quarry formed 530 million years ago called the Burgess Shale It hold the remains of an ancient sea where dozens of strange creatures lived a forgotten corner of evolution preserved in awesome detail In this book Stephen Jay Gould explores what the

The Great Dinosaur Debate: New Theories Unlocking the Mystery of the Dinosaurs and Their Extinction

This groundbreaking book reveals that, far from being sluggish reptiles, dinosaurs were actually agile, fast, warm blooded, and intelligent The author explodes the old orthodoxies and gives us a convincing picture of how dinosaurs hunted, fed, mated, fought and died.Containing over 200 detailed ill

When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of all Time

Today it is common knowledge that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a meteorite impact 65 million years ago that killed half of all species then living Far less well known is a much greater catastrophe that took place at the end of the Permian period 251 million years ago 90 percent of life was dest

My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs, with their awe inspiring size, terrifying claws and teeth, and otherworldly abilities, occupy a sacred place in our childhoods They loom over museum halls, thunder through movies, and are a fundamental part of our collective imagination In My Beloved Brontosaurus, the dinosaur fanatic B

Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by their Trace Fossils

What if we woke up one morning all of the dinosaur bones in the world were gone How would we know these iconic animals had a165 million year history on earth, and had adapted to all land based environments from pole to pole What clues would be left to discern not only their presence, but also to l

The Tyrannosaur Chronicles: The Biology of the Tyrant Dinosaurs

Adored by children and adults alike, Tyrannosaurus is the most famous dinosaur in the world, one that pops up again and again in pop culture, often battling other beasts such as King Kong, Triceratops or velociraptors in Jurassic Park But despite the hype, Tyrannosaurus and the other tyrannosaurs a

Dinosaurs Rediscovered: The Scientific Revolution in Paleontology

Over the past twenty years, the study of dinosaurs has transformed into a true scientific discipline New technologies have revealed secrets locked in prehistoric bones that no one could have previously predicted We can now work out the color of dinosaurs, the force of their bite, their top speeds,

The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times

Griffins, Centaurs, Cyclopes, and Giants these fabulous creatures of classical mythology continue to live in the modern imagination through the vivid accounts that have come down to us from the ancient Greeks and Romans But what if these beings were than merely fictions What if monstrous cre

Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth

A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice Extraordinary Anyone with the slightest interest in biology should read this book The New York Times Book Review A marvelous museum of the past four billion years on earth capacious, jammed with treasures, full of learning and wide eyed wonder.