Cambrian Ocean World

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Cambrian Ocean World

Cambrian Ocean World

Ancient Sea Life of North America

  • Author: John Foster
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • ISBN: 0253011884
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 432
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This volume, aimed at the general reader, presents life and times of the amazing animals that inhabited Earth more than 500 million years ago. The Cambrian Period was a critical time in Earth’s history. During this immense span of time nearly every modern group of animals appeared. Although life had been around for more than 2 million millennia, Cambrian rocks preserve the record of the first appearance of complex animals with eyes, protective skeletons, antennae, and complex ecologies. Grazing, predation, and multi-tiered ecosystems with animals living in, on, or above the sea floor became common. The cascade of interaction led to an ever-increasing diversification of animal body types. By the end of the period, the ancestors of sponges, corals, jellyfish, worms, mollusks, brachiopods, arthropods, echinoderms, and vertebrates were all in place. The evidence of this Cambrian "explosion" is preserved in rocks all over the world, including North America, where the seemingly strange animals of the period are preserved in exquisite detail in deposits such as the Burgess Shale in British Columbia. Cambrian Ocean World tells the story of what is, for us, the most important period in our planet’s long history.

The Ocean Reader

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The Ocean Reader

The Ocean Reader

History, Culture, Politics

  • Author: Eric Paul Roorda
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 1478007451
  • Category: History
  • Page: 552
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From prehistoric times to the present, the Ocean has been used as a highway for trade, a source of food and resources, and a space for recreation and military conquest, as well as an inspiration for religion, culture, and the arts. The Ocean Reader charts humans' relationship to the Ocean, which has often been seen as a changeless space without a history. It collects familiar, forgotten, and previously unpublished texts from all corners of the world. Spanning antiquity to the present, the volume's selections cover myriad topics including the slave trade, explorers from China and the Middle East, shipwrecks and castaways, Caribbean and Somali pirates, battles and U-boats, narratives of the Ocean's origins, and the devastating effects of climate change. Containing gems of maritime writing ranging from myth, memoir, poetry, and scientific research to journalism, song lyrics, and scholarly writing, The Ocean Reader is the essential guide for all those wanting to understand the complex and long history of the Ocean that covers over 70 percent of the planet.

The Story of Life in 25 Fossils

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The Story of Life in 25 Fossils

The Story of Life in 25 Fossils

Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution

  • Author: Donald R. Prothero
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231539428
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 432
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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 adventures behind the discovery of these objects and fully interpreting their significance within the larger fossil record, Prothero creates a riveting history of life on our planet. The twenty-five fossils portrayed in this book catch animals in their evolutionary splendor as they transition from one kind of organism to another. We witness extinct plants and animals of microscopic and immense size and thrilling diversity. We learn about fantastic land and sea creatures that have no match in nature today. Along the way, we encounter such fascinating fossils as the earliest trilobite, Olenellus; the giant shark Carcharocles; the "fishibian" Tiktaalik; the "Frogamander" and the "Turtle on the Half-Shell"; enormous marine reptiles and the biggest dinosaurs known; the first bird, Archaeopteryx; the walking whale Ambulocetus; the gigantic hornless rhinoceros Paraceratherium, the largest land mammal that ever lived; and the Australopithecus nicknamed "Lucy," the oldest human skeleton. We meet the scientists and adventurers who pioneered paleontology and learn about the larger intellectual and social contexts in which their discoveries were made. Finally, we find out where to see these splendid fossils in the world's great museums. Ideal for all who love prehistoric landscapes and delight in the history of science, this book makes a treasured addition to any bookshelf, stoking curiosity in the evolution of life on Earth.

A Concise Dictionary of Paleontology

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A Concise Dictionary of Paleontology

A Concise Dictionary of Paleontology

Second Edition

  • Author: Robert L. Carlton
  • Publisher: Springer Nature
  • ISBN: 3030255867
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 469
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This new and significantly updated authored dictionary is a unique glossary of paleontological terms, taxa, localities, and concepts. It focuses primarily on identifying the most significant groups of fossil animals and plants in relation to their evolution and phylogeny. It also focuses on mass extinctions, on taxa that are problematic in some significant way, on the principal fossil-Lagerstätten of the world, and on historical turning points marked by index fossils. Although there are many current resources on the subject, none contains an accurate representation of the paleontological lexicon. Although well aware that the fast-changing field of paleontology will always defy any attempt at complete description, the author has attempted to provide an accurate and comprehensive set of about 4,000 entries that will be useful to professionals as well as to general readers of scientific literature without a background in paleontology.

The Ocean World

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The Ocean World

The Ocean World

Being a Descriptive History of the Sea and Its Living Inhabitants

  • Author: Louis Figuier
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Marine animals
  • Page: 615
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Cambrian of the New World

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Cambrian of the New World

Cambrian of the New World

  • Author: Charles Hepworth Holland
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Geology
  • Page: 456
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The Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau: The adventure of life

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The Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau: The adventure of life

The Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau: The adventure of life

  • Author: Jacques Cousteau
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: N.A
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Into the Ocean World

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Into the Ocean World

Into the Ocean World

The Biology of the Sea

  • Author: Ritchie R. Ward
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Marine biology
  • Page: 323
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Exploring the Ocean World

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Exploring the Ocean World

Exploring the Ocean World

A History of Oceanography

  • Author: Clarence P. Idyll
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Oceanography
  • Page: 296
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Evolution in a Toxic World

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Evolution in a Toxic World

Evolution in a Toxic World

How Life Responds to Chemical Threats

  • Author: Emily Monosson
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • ISBN: 1610912217
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 264
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With BPA in baby bottles, mercury in fish, and lead in computer monitors, the world has become a toxic place. But as Emily Monosson demonstrates in her groundbreaking new book, it has always been toxic. When oxygen first developed in Earth's atmosphere, it threatened the very existence of life: now we literally can't live without it. According to Monosson, examining how life adapted to such early threats can teach us a great deal about today's (and tomorrow's) most dangerous contaminants. While the study of evolution has advanced many other sciences, from conservation biology to medicine, the field of toxicology has yet to embrace this critical approach. In Evolution in a Toxic World, Monosson seeks to change that. She traces the development of life's defense systems—the mechanisms that transform, excrete, and stow away potentially harmful chemicals—frommore thanthree billion years ago to today. Beginning with our earliest ancestors' response to ultraviolet radiation, Monosson explores the evolution of chemical defenses such as antioxidants, metal binding proteins, detoxification, and cell death. As we alter the world's chemistry, these defenses often become overwhelmed faster than our bodies can adapt. But studying how our complex internal defense network currently operates, and how it came to be that way, may allow us to predict how it will react to novel and existing chemicals. This understanding could lead to not onlybetter management and preventative measures, but possibly treatment of current diseases. Development of that knowledge starts with this pioneering book.