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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Despite the billions of years covered in this book, its chapters are surprisingly short, comprised of still-shorter niblets of interesting information sometimes punctuated with amusing observations or descriptions. 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. A high-octane biography of our planet, A (Very) Short History of Life On Earth dishes out interesting nuggets apace while reinvigorating your awe of deep time.

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 . Ich liebe es etwas über die Geschichte der Welt zu erfahren und auf der Suche nach einem neuen (leicht verdaulichen) Buch bin ich auf diese kurze Erzählung gestoßen. These membranes were imperfect, sievelike, and, like sieves, allowed some substances to cross but not others.

We didn't live long lives and many of the hominoids wouldn't live to beyond 20 and Neanderthal an average lifespan was probably around 30. Every time majority of flora and fauna gets wiped out (Five mass extinctions), life always reappeared and took a different direction in the evolutionary path. But as life forms emerged, as single cellular bacteria, they began to give up oxygen and through the process of photosynthesis began to acquire energy.

Drawing on the very latest scientific understanding and writing in a clear, accessible style, he tells an enlightening tale of survival and persistence that illuminates the delicate balance within which life has always existed. At the single cellular creatures existed on the planet for millions of years, they eventually became multicellular in the form of sponges, which existing in the water that have been full of waste, they began to filter the water, so it became cleaner and gave up enough waste products and they became the most abundant source of life on the planet. NOTE: I received a paperback copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. 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.Against the backdrop of geological time,’ Gee reminds us, ‘the sudden rise of humanity is of negligible significance. They spread in sheets over rocks and lawns on the seabed, only to be buried by sand in the next storm: but conquering again and being buried once again, building cushion-like mounds of layered slime and sediment. These small, swift creatures with forward-facing eyes, inclined to curiosity and exploration, would eventually give rise to Homo sapiens.

It's entirely possible that humanity will wipe itself out, but I would surprised that if we do survive it won't possible to hold off environmental changes for more than those 'few thousand years'.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? The membranes made a virtue of their leakiness, using holes as gateways for energy and nutrients and as exit points for wastes. 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. Die Karriere aller Lebewesen ende mit dem Aussterben, zitiert Gee in seinem Nachwort den britischen Politiker Enoch Powell. At times I have felt unable to fathom how insignificant our troubles and tribulations are in the grand scheme of things.

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