Fossil Revolution: The Finds That Changed Our View of the Past

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The fossil discoveries that changed our understanding of the world are brought to life in this illustrated book. The discovery of fossils has revolutionized our relationship with nature, our understanding of evolution and the story of the Earth. Fossils - the remains of once-living organizms - from seashells to dinosaur bones have fascinated us for thousands of years. Early Cro-magnon man collected them and placed them as treasured objects in tombs with the dead. "Petrified Life" tells the stories of the fossil discoveries that unlocked the secrets of the past. Told in the order of discovery, the stories take you on an archaeological journey. Within the 20th century we came to understand that we inhabited a fragile and unpredictable world where whole species dominate and are then wiped out. Each fossil discovery included is a story in its own right.

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Over the last 200 years, the discovery of fossils has revolutionized our understanding of evolution and the story of Earth. Fossils—the remains of once–living organisms, from seashells to dinosaur bones—have intrigued us for thousands of years. Fossil Revolution is the story of the discoveries that have unlocked the secrets of the past and the now–extinct species that once dominated the earth. Taking the reader on an archaeological expedition through time, this outstanding study reveals how man has come to understand his precarious position in a fragile and unpredictable world. Douglas Palmer is a lecturer in Natural Science at Cambridge University.

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Douglas Palmer is a freelance science writer who has contributed to a number of atlases and encyclopaedia on prehistoric life and fossils. He teaches for the Cambridge University Natural Science Tripos and the International Summer School. A former Earth Sciences lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin, he also spent two years as an exhibition co-ordinator at the National Museum of Wales.

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