History of Life, Paperback / softback Book

History of Life Paperback / softback


This text is designed for students and anyone else with an interest in the history of life on our planet.

The author describes the biological evolution of Earth s organisms, and reconstructs their adaptations to the life they led, and the ecology and environment in which they functioned.

On the grand scale, Earth is a constantly changing planet, continually presenting organisms with challenges.

Changing geography, climate, atmosphere, oceanic and land environments set a stage in which organisms interact with their environments and one another, with evolutionary change an inevitable result.

The organisms themselves in turn can change global environments: oxygen in our atmosphere is all produced by photosynthesis, for example.

The interplay between a changing Earth and its evolving organisms is the underlying theme of the book.

The book has a dedicated website which explores additional enriching information and discussion, and provides or points to the art for the book and many other images useful for teaching.

See: www.wiley.com/go/cowen/historyoflife.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 312 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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  • Category: Palaeontology
  • ISBN: 9780470671726

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