Tracing the evolutionary history of fish over 500 million years, this volume describes the discovery of extraordinary fossil remains, and explains the techniques used in their interpretation. Featuring more than 300 colour illustrations, it includes photographs of fossils from around the world as well as the author's illustrations of what the fish may actually have looked like. The book tells of how these creatures lived and developed and why their rise from the waters of the archaic seas and rivers was so momentous an event in the evolution of life on earth. The author combines scientific information with stories about his own fieldwork in Australia, Thailand, Vietnam and Antartica.
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"A great deal of background information and, above all, hundreds of superb photographs and drawings. One could almost take this for a coffee-table book at first glance, so profusely and well is it illustrated... This book is not just a scientific and educational tool; it is also a visual celebration of the glories of biological diversity as seen in the fossil record. It will come as a surprise to many who have not realized how far the paleontology of early vertebrates has progressed or experienced the depth of evolutionary information available from fossils. And, best of all, there is clearly more to come." -- Nature
"[Long] enlivens his account with tales from his extensive field work... Exceptionally lucid and comprehensively illustrated." -- New Scientist
"Scholarly, but very readable." -- D. Moskowitz, Northeastern NaturalistBook Description:
Armored fishes and monster sharks, fishes with arms and fishes that breathe--these and many other strange creatures are part of the remarkable story told in The Rise of Fishes. Featuring more than 300 color illustrations, the book includes photographs of fossils from around the world as well as the author's dramatic color illustrations of what the fish may actually have looked like.
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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97808018543851.0
Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0801854385
Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University P, 1996. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110801854385
Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0801854385