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

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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

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There was always an explanation to help the layman to understand subjects they might not have encountered. With no protective ozone layer in the upper atmosphere, the Sun’s ultraviolet rays sterilized everything above the surface of the sea or anything less than a few centimeters beneath the surface. Gee's prose is so infectiously enthusiastic , and his tone so accessible, that you'll find yourself racing through as if you were reading a novel - and you'll never find yourself scrambling for a good fact to wheel out at an awkward pause in conversation again.

Heat rising to the surface softens the overlying layers, breaking up the less dense but more solid crust into pieces and, forcing them apart, creates new oceans between.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. 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. As a mouth developed, teeth became an effective way of grinding down food so that it could be digested easily in the stomach. At the highest level of the temporal hierarchy are the 'eons' (I think this would be 'aeons' to the classicists). Dat is te zien aan zijn notenapparaat, waarin denk ik driekwart van de referenties bestaan uit Nature-artikelen.

Das liegt nicht nur allein an den Zerstörungen, die die Menschen gerade in den letzten Jahren und Jahrzehnten angerichtet haben, sondern in der Natur des Planeten und des Universums. Stuk voor stuk boeiende hoofdstukken en gezien de geringe omvang en de veelheid aan informatie is dit een boek dat ik om de paar jaar eens wil herlezen. Although this might have been a disaster for the dinosaurs, it was a blessing for mammals, as a shrew like creature would emerge, having lived underground, it would eventually evolve into becoming many of the animals we see around us, including humans. 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.It was formed through a carboniferous atmosphere where the sky was brown not blue, and oxygen was sucked from the air and volcanoes went off constantly. Although it doesn't relieve us of the responsibility for doing better now so that current conditions stay relatively sane. Besides, taking the long view, ‘life on Earth, with all its drama, all its comings and goings, is governed by just two things. Overall, this fast-paced and readable book is beautifully written, with small glimmers of whimsy and poetry peeking through the scientific scholarship. The first time I read it, it took me a while as I made the point of looking up on my phone every creature mentioned, and I recommend doing that too.

The way the book is formatted you move forward through time with the Earth as it starts out in the earliest and then move forward. All dinosaurs came from eggs but as they slowly began to evolve they began to move beyond laying eggs and began new ways of reproduction.Some of the science that is decidedly speculative is stated as if it were fact (for example, the Theia hypothesis for the formation of the Earth/Moon system). The participants in what had been a freewheeling commune of cells became more and more interdependent. Even heavier chemical elements, forged in the final moments of the star’s life—silicon, nickel, sulfur, and iron—were spread far and wide by the explosion. Speculating on the future of life on Earth, Dr Gee proposes an interesting idea for how all life may eventually go extinct on this planet. billion years ago, living things had started to throng together in their trillions to create reefs—structures visible from space.



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