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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Book ends with the possible fate of humanity, anticipated sixth extinction and sure imminent death of our Sun and hence all life forms in earth due to lack of fuel several million years from now.

However, some animals learnt to glide and through natural selection and they glided from one tree to another, and landings became less fateful, some of these animals using the pressure of the wind and flapping of the fins began to actually fly. As the Cambrian period occurred, trilobites, which were anthropoids, and had jointed limbs began to emerge. 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.billion years ago, living things had started to throng together in their trillions to create reefs—structures visible from space. The Times This is now the best book available about the huge changes in our planet and its living creatures, over the billions of years of the Earth’s existence . This was haphazard at first but gradually became more predictable as a result of the development of an internal chemical template that could be copied and passed down to new generations of membrane-bound bubbles. In this book, Dr Gee presents an engaging exploration of this enduring ‘where did we come from’ question by combining findings from a variety of scientific disciplines into a coherent story using beautifully evocative and witty prose.

From the jawbone that was attached to the jaw of the fish, small bones slowly evolved into the bones that would make up the inner ear, so we could detect the movement of molecules in the air and make sense of sound. Man kann sich geradezu die hochgezogene Augenbrauc des Autors vorstellen, während er Betrachtungen über die faszinierenden Wesen anstellt, die die Erde einst bevölkert haben und immer noch Nachfahren haben, die auf der Erde leben - nur, wie lange noch? As life forms evolved and developed, another creature developed a backbone in which other muscles and nerves could attach itself and allowed these creatures to swim faster. billion years ago, life had spread from the permanent dark of the ocean depths to the sunlit surface waters. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

Henry Gee fasst in kompakten Kapiteln zusammen, wie es mit dem Leben in unserem Universum anfing bis zum Entstehen des Homo Sapiens mit einem kurzen Ausblick in die Zukunft am Ende. 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. For the first 2 billion years in the Earth’s story, the most sophisticated form of life was built on the bacterial cell.

It stirred itself into existence a mere 100 million years after the planet itself formed, in volcanic depths when the young Earth was still being bombarded from space by bodies large enough to create the major impact craters on the Moon. At times I have felt unable to fathom how insignificant our troubles and tribulations are in the grand scheme of things. From Chapter 7 on, and the dawn of the dinosaurs, the material becomes vaguely familiar and thus easier to get a 'handle' on. THE RISE OF MAMMALS AND HUMANS: And then finally about 7 million years ago they began to exist upright humanoids which we know there have been at least eight and probably more, animals that could walk upright and appear similar to humans and apes.Although it doesn't relieve us of the responsibility for doing better now so that current conditions stay relatively sane. Life’s evolutionary steps – from the development of a digestive system to the awe of creatures taking to the skies in flight – are conveyed with an alluring, up-close intimacy.

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