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    Description"Switek seamlessly intertwines two types of evolution: one of life on earth and the other of paleontology itself."--"Discover Magazine"""In 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 Reviews""Magisterial . . . 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 Shubin"Elegantly and engagingly crafted, Brian Switek's narrative interweaves stories and characters not often encountered in books on paleontology--at once a unique, informative and entertaining read."--Niles Eldredge"If 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.


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    Title
    Written in Stone
    Subtitle
    Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Brian Switek
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781934137291
    ISBN 10: 1934137294
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: RBX
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PSAJ
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    DC21: 599.938
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    DC22: 576.8
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26730
    DC22: 599.938
    BISAC V2.8: SCI054000
    B&T Approval Code: A60280000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A59010000
    BISAC V2.8: NAT015000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI027000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: QH361 .S95 2010
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    Bellevue Literary Press
    Imprint name
    Bellevue Literary Press
    Publication date
    30 November 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York