By Richard Cowen
This textual content is designed for college students and someone else with an curiosity within the background of lifestyles on our planet. the writer describes the organic evolution of Earth’s organisms, and reconstructs their diversifications to the lifestyles they led, and the ecology and surroundings within which they functioned. at the grand scale, Earth is a always altering planet, continuously providing organisms with demanding situations. altering geography, weather, surroundings, oceanic and land environments set a degree within which organisms have interaction with their environments and each other, with evolutionary swap an inevitable end result. The organisms themselves in flip can swap worldwide environments: oxygen in our surroundings is all produced through photosynthesis, for instance. The interaction among a altering Earth and its evolving organisms is the underlying subject of the book.
The publication has a devoted web site which explores extra enriching info and dialogue, and offers or issues to the paintings for the publication and plenty of different photos priceless for educating. See: www.wiley.com/go/cowen/historyoflife.
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