Written in Stone: The Hidden Secrets of Fossils

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Icon Books, Dec 3, 2013 - Nature - 320 pages
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Darwin’s theory was for more than a century dogged by a major problem: the evidence proving the connections between the main groups of organisms were nowhere to be found. By the 1970s this absence of ‘transitional fossils’ was hotly debated; some palaeontologists wondering if the these ‘missing links’ had been so quick that no trace of them was left.However, during the past three decades fossils of walking whales from Pakistan, feathered dinosaurs from China, fish with feet from the Arctic Circle, ape-like humans from Africa, and many more bizarre creatures that fill in crucial gaps in our understanding of evolution have all been unearthed. These discoveries have revolutionised the way in which the fossil record is read to make sense of life on Earth, including the evolution of human beings.WRITTEN IN STONE – a hugely compelling scientific history by an up-and-coming star of popular science – is the first account of the remarkable discovery of these gap fossils and of the new stories they tell about the evolution of life.
  

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Contents

PRAISE FORWRITTEN IN STONE
Missing Links
The Living Rock
Moving Mountains
From Fins to Fingers
Footprints and Featherson the Sands of Time
The Meek Inherit the Earth
As Monstrous as a Whale
On a Last Leg
Through the Looking Glass
Time and Chance
Notes
References
Acknowledgments and Permissions
Index
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Brian Switek writes a blog for Wired magazine which has been featured in the Guardian, Daily Mail, New Scientist, The New York Times and The Times ('Brilliant writing about palaeontology and evolution, with great daily photos'). He has been a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Material World and written for The Times and the Guardian.

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