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text 2017-10-23 01:01
Reading progress update: I've read 333 out of 371 pages.
Life: An Unauthorised Biography: A Natural History of the First Four Thousand Million Years of Life on Earth - Richard Fortey

Chapter XI  - Suckling Success

 

All about mammals, basically. With a little bit about birds.

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text 2017-10-22 02:38
Reading progress update: I've read 301 out of 371 pages.
Life: An Unauthorised Biography: A Natural History of the First Four Thousand Million Years of Life on Earth - Richard Fortey

Chapter X - Theories of the End

 

This chapter's discussion of the causes of the extinction at the K-T boundary manages to be very, very boring.

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review 2017-10-20 14:56
The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides) by Valerie Bowman
The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides) - Valerie Bowman

 

Love, lust and pixie dust is a pipe dream when the keeper of your heart is the enemy of your family.  The Right Kind of Rogue is a tale of two hearts seeking to become one, in the face of chaos and adversity.  For Meg, Hart is her fate.  For Hart, Meg is a dangerous temptation.  Caught in the middle of raging feud and a blistering inferno of their own making, can a love written in the stars survive the aftermath?  It's like walking through a fairy tale and finding a great piece of literature.  

 

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text 2017-10-20 04:21
Reading progress update: I've read 274 out of 371 pages.
Life: An Unauthorised Biography: A Natural History of the First Four Thousand Million Years of Life on Earth - Richard Fortey

Chapter IX - Monstrous and Modest

 

In this chapter Fortey finally gets around to discussing the dinosaurs that roamed the Earth during the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods. He describes how our representations and museum displays of these creatures have evolved over time and discusses their relationship with modern birds and whether they would have been cold- or warm-blooded. He also notes that the Cretaceous period saw the first flowering plants and digresses far too long on Darwin's house with its chalk walk.

 

Yes, two chapters in one day!

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text 2017-10-19 23:52
Reading progress update: I've read 242 out of 371 pages.
Life: An Unauthorised Biography: A Natural History of the First Four Thousand Million Years of Life on Earth - Richard Fortey

Chapter VIII - The Great Continent

 

This chapter starts off with a digression about driving in the desert but moves on to discuss the signs of the passage of ancient glaciers in said desert and how all the continents were briefly joined as Pangea. Some of it was interesting but there really isn't much that was new to me other than some speculation about the die off in the Permian, which wasn't very satisfying (the explanation).

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