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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We’ll be gone within the next ‘few thousand to tens of thousands of years’, but life will go on, with more ice ages and more extinctions, until eventually, in maybe a billion years, the story of life on Earth will be over. Particular highlights are his discussion of the incredibly different anatomy of plants/"trees" in the Carboniferous forests (they were hollow! As described on the cover, this is a very concise history of the forming of the Earth and the various ages it went through; including the evolution of life and the creatures we now know today (don't worry, the dinosaurs are in here too). At some point before 2 billion years ago, small colonies of bacteria began to adopt the habit of living inside a common membrane.

Book explains how relentlessly life held on even in the midst of great volcanic eruptions, asteroid strikes, continental drifts and extreme climate and atmospheric changes. As a senior editor at Nature, Henry Gee has had a front-row seat to the most important fossil discoveries of the last quarter century. Finally, after 4 1/2 billion years of mindless tumult, the Earth gave birth to a species that has become aware of itself. The first rumbles of an oncoming storm came from the rifting and breakup of a supercontinent, Rodinia.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 up-close intimacy. Pretty humbling and made me want to both hug my kids and just marvel that we get to be here to be reflective on this amazing universe. All the animals which ever existed for 150 million years in the time of the dinosaur, there were a few small creatures underground did eventually become a new form of animal that could feed on grass, and this contains silica which often required teeth cells to grind it down. There were fart sounds and at one point talking about homo erectus’ estrus there are kissing sounds. The book itself includes 3 pages of additional books for the interested reader to further study, along with 61 pages of citations and notes — at least some of these Endnotes were quite funny and, I think, would have served the reader better if they had been footnotes instead.

As a mouth developed, teeth became an effective way of grinding down food so that it could be digested easily in the stomach. The membranes made a virtue of their leakiness, using holes as gateways for energy and nutrients and as exit points for wastes. To the earliest life, which had evolved in an ocean and beneath an atmosphere essentially without free oxygen, it spelled environmental catastrophe.The ocean-floor sludge at the fringes of vanished continents might, after hundreds of millions of years, reemerge in volcanic eruptions3 or be transformed into diamonds. I think everyone will enjoy this book, especially those who get most of their reading done in smallish instalments on a speeding train or a lumbering bus, and students of cosmology, geology, zoology, or biology will learn a lot, and the evocative prose will absolutely delight even the most precise readers. Important: Your credit card will NOT be charged when you start your free trial or if you cancel during the trial period.

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