What on Earth Evolved? ... in Brief : 100 Species That Have Changed the World, Paperback

What on Earth Evolved? ... in Brief : 100 Species That Have Changed the World Paperback

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Why have creatures evolved as they are? Which species have been the most successful? How do life forms adapt to a world dominated by nearly seven billion humans?

Christopher Lloyd leads us on an exhilarating journey from the birth of life to the present day, as he attempts to answer these fundamental questions.

Along the way, he reveals the stories of the 100 most influential species that have ever lived, from slime, dragonflies, and dung beetles to dogs, yeast, and bananas.

These 100 species are scored and ranked in order of their impact on the planet, life and people. "What on Earth Evolved ...in Brief?" is a lively and eye-opening insight into mankind's place in nature, and our pivotal relationship with the Earth itself: past, present and future.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages, Illustrations (chiefly col.), col. maps
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular science
  • ISBN: 9781408802892



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A good overview of how some of the worlds most important species have evolved and why. What is the most important species ever to evolve? No its not us. My favourite fun theory- is our inbred fear of spiders due to a genetic memory and inbuilt flight instinct of the fearsome sea scorpions that once terrorised the deep? The longer version is probably better though. Some of the descriptions