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A Short History of Planet Earth

A Short History of Planet EarthMountains, Mammals, Fire, and Ice

A splendid introduction to geology and paleontology for the lay reader. To compress Earth's history into a single, lucidly written volume is a major achievement. —Publishers Weekly, starred reviewFew people have both the knowledge and the writing ability to capture such a long and varied... more

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  • ISBN 9781620458037
  • Imprint Wiley
  • Category Science

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A splendid introduction to geology and paleontology for the lay reader. To compress Earth's history into a single, lucidly written volume is a major achievement. —Publishers Weekly, starred reviewFew people have both the knowledge and the writing ability to capture such a long and varied history in a compelling manner. In A Short History of Planet Earth, J.D. Macdougal demonstrates that he is one of the few. —EarthThis exhilarating survey of the four and half billion years of Earth's history charts both the geological and biological history of the planet. It moves from the origin of the earth's iron core to the formation of today's seven continents, and from the primordial building blocks of life to the evolution of the human form.

After being introduced to the wonders of bird life by a high school friend, Doug Macdougall went to university determined to become an ornithologist. But a first year course in geology, peppered with...more