'What are we going to do with a parcel of old stones?' wrote the director of an African museum a century and a half ago, when one of my ancestors presented him with a splendid collection of fossils of mammal-like reptiles. Old stones, however intriguing, are difficult to interpret, dusty, and do not fit well in the neatly ordered contents of a house of learning. Archaean geology, which is the study of the Earth's history in the period from after 9 the end of planetary accretion (4.5-4.4 x 10 years ago) up to the beginning 9 of the Proterozoic (2.5 x 10 years ago) is much the same - a parcel of old stones seemingly impossible to understand. Yet these stones contain the history of our origins: they can tell us a story that is interesting not just to the geologist (for whom this book is primarily written) but instead addresses the human condition in general.
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Book Description Allen & Unwin, Boston, Allen & Unwin, 1987, 1987. Soft cover. Book Condition: As New. SOFTBACK original pictorial card pages: xvii 402 many figures 152mm x 235mm (6 x 9.25") from the library of M P Coward with his name on front end-paper otherwise as new. Bookseller Inventory # 17281
Book Description Unwin Hyman, 1987. Book Condition: Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP93850758