Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature
Switek seamlessly intertwines two types of evolution: one of life on earth and the other of paleontology itself.”Discover MagazineIn delightful prose, [Switek] . . . superbly shows that [i]f we can let go of our conceit,’ we will see the preciousness of life in all its forms.”Publishers... show more
Switek seamlessly intertwines two types of evolution: one of life on earth and the other of paleontology itself.”Discover MagazineIn delightful prose, [Switek] . . . superbly shows that [i]f we can let go of our conceit,’ we will see the preciousness of life in all its forms.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)Highly instructive . . . a warm, intelligent yeoman’s guide to the progress of life.”Kirkus ReviewsMagisterial . . . part historical account, part scientific detective story. Switek’s elegant prose and thoughtful scholarship will change the way you see life on our planet. This book marks the debut of an important new voice.”Neil ShubinElegantly and engagingly crafted, Brian Switek’s narrative interweaves stories and characters not often encountered in books on paleontologyat once a unique, informative and entertaining read.”Niles EldredgeIf you want to read one book to get up to speed on evolution, read Written in Stone. Brian Switek’s clear and compelling book is full of fascinating stories about how scientists have read the fossil record to trace the evolution of life on Earth.”Ann Gibbons[Switek's] accounts of dinosaurs, birds, whales, and our own primate ancestors are not just fascinating for their rich historical detail, but also for their up-to-date reporting on paleontology’s latest discoveries.”Carl Zimmer"After reading this book, you will have a totally new context in which to interpret the evolutionary history of amphibians, mammals, whales, elephants, horses, and especially humans.”Donald R. ProtheroSpectacular fossil finds make today's headlines; new technology unlocks secrets of skeletons unearthed a hundred years ago. Still, evolution is often poorly represented by the media and misunderstood by the public. A potent antidote to pseudoscience, Written in Stone is an engrossing history of evolutionary discovery for anyone who has marveled at the variety and richness of life.
Publish date: November 30th 2010
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, Natural History
Well, that was a pleasant read, even if little of it was new to me. The chatty style was okay, though going through a lot of topics quite quickly. I particularly liked the last three chapters: the one on horses using that as a way to talk about ideas of pattern and process in evolution; an overview ...