Cover of: Evolution of the Earth | Donald R. Prothero

Evolution of the Earth

8th ed.

Published by McGraw-Hill in Dubuque, IA .
Written in English

About the Book

Evolution of the Earth reveals the logical framework of geology, shows relations of the science to the totality of human knowledge, and gives some idea of what it is to be a participant in the discipline. In keeping with the preference for a "How do we know?" rather than "What do we know?" approach, the authors stress what assumptions are made by earth historians, what kinds of evidence (and tools for gathering that evidence), and what processes of reasoning and limitations of hypotheses are involved in reconstructing and interpreting the past.

Each chapter begins with a list of highlights entitled "Major Concepts". Many chapters have a summary timeline that puts the entire sequence of events into a quick visual reference frame. The use of dioramas and reconstructions of extinct animals and plants has been greatly expanded, so that students can get a more vivid concept of typical life in any part of the geologic past. In many places, the authors have supplied a full page of color photos of classic fossils from each period to improve the visual recognition of the organisms that give life its distinctive history. The areas of hottest controversy, such as mass extinctions, dinosaur endothermy, the origin of life, and controversies over late Proterozoic tectonics and glaciation, have been given separate sections so that students can appreciate the different sides of the debates.

Edition Notes

Dott's name appears first on the earlier edition.

Includes index.

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Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
551.7
Library of Congress
QE28.3 .D68 2010

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23392461M
ISBN 10
0072826843
ISBN 13
9780072826845
LC Control Number
2009021381
Library Thing
68821
Goodreads
6107918
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