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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The photosynthesis of water produces as a waste product a colorless, odorless gas that burns anything it touches.

Ich finde, man merkt dem Autor die Leidenschaft des Themas an und für alle, die sich allgemein für die Weltgeschichte interessieren, ist das Buch sicherlich lesenswert. Or the beautiful description of the land-dwelling amphibian Eryops 'which looked like a bullfrog imagining itself as an alligator. It consumes an awful lot of energy that if it is not required, birds will eventually lose this skill.

Bacterial cells generally reproduce by dividing in half to create two identical copies of the parent cell. I use a musical term intentionally - this feels like a well-crafted piece of music, pushing us on to the big finish. There was a whole lot of information here that was new to me, as we follow the development of life in manifold ways, both in the different ways this happened but also in the way that everything fits together. These foamy lathers of soap-bubble cells stood as tiny, clenched fists, defiant against the lifeless world.

It's always hard to understand geological time scales; a million years just seems so difficult to fathom. It seemed hard to beat - but he has succeeded with what is inevitably going to be described as a tour-de-force. This is a big question that has kept philosophers, thinkers and scientists busy for thousands of years. The only unfortunate omission is the inclusion of some sketches or illustrations to show the reader what some of the fascinating creatures might have looked like.

The day came when the Earth had cooled enough for the water vapor in the atmosphere to condense and fall as rain. 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.

If you haven’t watched the above-mentioned docuseries, then this book will be an absolute delight for anybody interested in natural history. During Chapter 7 in a section talking about the difference between how dinosaurs and mammals cooled themselves there was a nonstop wooshing sound that made it difficult to hear the words.In the beginning, Earth was an inhospitably alien place―in constant chemical flux, covered with churning seas, crafting its landscape through incessant volcanic eruptions. There is no evidence to support Dr Gee’s argument as anything other than especially interesting science fiction, but this idea is something I’ve heard before.

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 loved that as he moved through the evolution Henry Gee didn’t just focus on the animal life, he looked at the plant life as well. There then became a very long ice age which created glaciers and salt water out of the sea and onto the land and made more landmass which then allowed more animals to start becoming land creatures. As the bare mountains were thrust skyward, vast quantities of the crust were sucked back into the depths of the Earth in deep ocean trenches at the edges of the tectonic plates. Changes occurred between shifts and tectonic plates which created single masses of land including grass and water.Ik vermoed dat een geïllustreerde editie een grote beststeller kan worden, maar nu moet je het vaak met Google of je verbeelding doen. One consequence of the breakup was a series of ice ages that covered the entire globe, the like of which had not been seen since the Great Oxidation Event. The dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago -- and that's like yesterday in the scheme of things.

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