Darren Naish - Evolution in Minutes - Quercus

Evolution in Minutes

By Darren Naish

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Evolution's key concepts, rival theories, history and politics explained and illustrated - in minutes

How did life begin? What is the theory of evolution and is it proven? Are we really descended from apes? And has evolution stalled or is humanity just a step on the way to more advanced forms of life?

Through 200 mini-essays, expert palaeontologist Darren Naish answers these and many other fundamental questions on the most controversial topic of all. From the theories of Charles Darwin and the Survival of the Fittest to cutting-edge research on consciousness and artificial life, he explains where we came from, how we became human, and what might happen to us next.

Immense in scope, and with 200 informative images and diagrams, Evolution in Minutes concisely covers the concepts, rival theories, history and politics of evolution, as well as explaining the development of life across deep time as revealed by the fossil record, from the earliest bacteria via dinosaurs and Neanderthals to humankind - and beyond.

Biographical Notes

Dr Darren Naish is a vertebrate palaeontologist, based at the University of Southampton, UK, specialising in theropod and sauropod dinosaurs. He is the author of numerous research papers, popular articles and books including Walking with Dinosaurs: The Evidence (BBC Books) and Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved (with Paul Barrett, Natural History Museum Books), and writes the Tetrapod Zoology blog for Scientific American.

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  • ISBN: 9781786485151
  • Publication date: 02 Nov 2017
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Quercus
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