New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. Hardcover; Third Printing. F/F. Item #125523
Fine in Near Fine jacket.; ISBN 0375401199; 8vo - 8" to 9" tall; Summary: "Richard Fortey guides us from the barren globe spinning in space, through the very earliest signs of life in the sulphurous hot springs and volcanic vents of the young planet, the appearance of cells, the slow creation of an atmosphere and the evolution of myriad forms of plants and animals that could then be sustained, including the magnificent era of the dinosaurs, and on to the last moment before the debut of Homo sapiens." "Fortey weaves this history out of the most delicate traceries left in rock, stone and earth. He also explains how, on each aspect of nature and life, scientists have reached the understanding we have today, who made the key discoveries, who their opponents were and why certain ideas won."--Jacket. Description: xiii, 346 pages : illustrations ; 25 cmContents: 1. The Everlasting Sea --2. Dust of Life --3. Cells, Tissues, Bodies --4. My Animals and Other Families --5. Marine Riches --6. Landwards --7. Silent Forests, Crowded Oceans --8. The Great Continent --9. Monstrous and Modest --10. Theories of the End --11. Suckling Success --12. Humanity --13. Wheels of Chance.