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Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

by Stephen Jay Gould

"[An] extraordinary book. . . . Mr. Gould is an exceptional combination of scientist and science writer. . . . He is thus exceptionally well placed to tell these stories, and he tells them with fervor and intelligence."—James...


The Story of Life in 25 Fossils: Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution

by Donald R. Prothero

Every fossil tells a story. Best-selling paleontology author Donald R. Prothero describes twenty-five famous, beautifully preserved fossils in a gripping, scientific history of life on Earth. Recounting the...


Flying Dinosaurs: How Fearsome Reptiles Became Birds

by John Pickrell

The discovery of stunning, feathered dinosaur fossils coming out of China since 2006 suggests that these creatures were much more bird-like than paleontologists previously imagined. Further evidence—bones,...


Paleolithic Diet: Digging Deeper into the Original Human Diet and Paleo Recipes

by Lindsay Sullivan & Bill Summers

Paleolithic Diet Digging Deeper In To The Original Human Diet and Paleo Recipes Are you looking for a healthier way of eating that will help you lose weight and improve your overall health? If so, this book...


How Vertebrates Left the Water

by Michel Laurin

More than three hundred million years ago-a relatively recent date in the two billion years since life first appeared-vertebrate animals first ventured onto land. This usefully illustrated book describes how...


The Bone Hunters: The Heroic Age of Paleontology in the American West

by Url Lanham

Lucid nontechnical study recalls astounding 19th-century fossil discoveries of dinosaurs, other prehistoric animals. 51 halftones.


Human Ecology of Beringia

by John F. Hoffecker & Scott A. Elias

Twenty-five thousand years ago, sea level fell more than 400 feet below its present position as a consequence of the growth of immense ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere. A dry plain stretching 1,000 miles...


How to Build a Dinosaur: The New Science of Reverse Evolution

by Jack Horner & James Gorman

A world-renowned paleontologist reveals groundbreaking science that trumps science fiction: how to grow a living dinosaur

Over a decade after Jurassic Park, Jack Horner and his colleagues in molecular biology...


When the Invasion of Land Failed: The Legacy of the Devonian Extinctions

by George R. McGhee, Jr.

The invasion of land by ocean-dwelling plants and animals was one of the most revolutionary events in the evolution of life on Earth, yet the animal invasion almost failed—twice—because of the twin mass extinctions...


Bringing Fossils to Life: An Introduction to Paleobiology

by Donald R. Prothero

The leading textbook in its field, this work applies paleobiological principles to the fossil record while detailing the evolutionary history of major plant and animal phyla. It incorporates current research...


Biology of the Sauropod Dinosaurs: Understanding the Life of Giants

by Nicole Klein, Kristian Remes, Carole T. Gee & P. Martin Sander

Sauropods, those huge plant-eating dinosaurs, possessed bodies that seem to defy every natural law. What were these creatures like as living animals and how could they reach such uniquely gigantic sizes? A dedicated...


Becoming Human

by Scientific American Editors

Becoming Human: Our Past, Present and Future by the Editors of Scientific American

We humans are a strange bunch. We have self-awareness and yet often act on impulses that remain hidden. We were forged in adversity...


An Introduction to Paleobotany

by , Chester A. Arnold

The preparation of this book was motivated by a longfelt need for a concise yet fairly comprehensive textbook of paleobotany for use in American colleges and universities. Although separate courses in paleobotany...


Evolutionary Paleoecology: The Ecological Context of Macroevolutionary Change

by Warren Allmon & David J. Bottjer

One of the most important questions we can ask about life is "Does ecology matter?" Most biologists and paleontologists are trained to answer "yes," but the exact mechanisms by which ecology matters in the context...


"T. rex" and the Crater of Doom

by Walter Alvarez & Carl Zimmer

Sixty-five million years ago, a comet or asteroid larger than Mount Everest slammed into the Earth, inducing an explosion equivalent to the detonation of a hundred million hydrogen bombs. Vaporized detritus...


Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy

by Mark P. Witton

For 150 million years, the skies didn't belong to birds--they belonged to the pterosaurs. These flying reptiles, which include the pterodactyls, shared the world with the nonavian dinosaurs until their extinction...


Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods: Advancing Methods, Analysis, and Interpretation

by Kevin Padian & Ellen-Thérèse Lamm

The microscopic examination of fossilized bone tissue is a sophisticated and increasingly important analytical tool for understanding the life history of ancient organisms. This book provides an essential primer...


Sauria Monstra: Dinosaurs, Pterosaurs, and Other Fossil Saurians in Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy

by Chad Arment

Sauria Monstra collects 14 classic short stories featuring dinosaurs and other reptiles from the past, along with Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel, The Lost World. The stories included are: The Last of the...


Bestiarium Crypozoologicum: Mystery Animals and Unknown Species in Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy

by Chad Arment

23 short stories for cryptozoology and cryptofiction enthusiasts, with strange creatures and beasts from the past, from mammoths to giant snakes, cave dwellers to sky beasts. Stories include those by such well-known...


Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth

by Richard Fortey

By one of Britain's most gifted scientists: a magnificently daring and compulsively readable account of life on Earth (from the "big bang" to the advent of man), based entirely on the most original of all sources--the...