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Author Gee, Henry, 1962- author.

Title A (very) short history of life on Earth : 4.6 billion years in 12 pithy chapters / Henry Gee.

Publication Info. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2021.


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    576.83 GEE    Available
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Edition First U.S. edition.
Description vi, 280 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
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Note "Originally published in the United Kingdom by Picador."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-272) and index.
Contents A song of fire and ice -- Animals assemble -- The backbone begins -- Running aground -- Arise, amniotes -- Triassic Park -- Dinosaurs in flight -- Those magnificent mammals -- Planet of the apes -- Across the world -- The end of prehistory -- The past of the future.
Summary "In the beginning, Earth was an inhospitably alien place-in constant chemical flux, covered with churning seas, crafting its landscape through incessant volcanic eruptions. Amid all this tumult and disaster, life began. The earliest living things were no more than membranes stretched across microscopic gaps in rocks, where boiling hot jets of mineral-rich water gushed out from cracks in the ocean floor. Although these membranes were leaky, the environment within them became different from the raging maelstrom beyond. These havens of order slowly refined the generation of energy, using it to form membrane-bound bubbles that were mostly-faithful copies of their parents-a foamy lather of soap-bubble cells standing as tiny clenched fists, defiant against the lifeless world. Life on this planet has continued in much the same way for millennia, adapting to literally every conceivable setback that living organisms could encounter and thriving, from these humblest beginnings to the thrilling and unlikely story of ourselves."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Evolution (Biology) -- History.
Earth (Planet) -- Age.
Earth (Planet) -- Origin.
Life sciences.
Life -- Origin.
ISBN 9781250276650 (hardcover)
1250276659 (hardcover)
9781250276667 (ebook)

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