Friday, January 13, 2012

Written in Stone

Written in Stone
Brian Switek, Icon Books, 2012

For over 100 years Darwin’s theory of evolution was dogged by the lack of evidence connecting the main groups of organisms. By the 1970s, some paleontologists began to fear there was no trace of these ‘transitional fossils’ left.

However, recent discoveries of fossilized remains of walking whales in Pakistan, feathered dinosaurs in China, fish with feet in the Arctic Circle, ape-like humans in Africa and many more have revolutionized paleontologists’ understanding of life on Earth.

Switek’s book – a brilliant scientific history by a rising star of science writing – is the first account of the remarkable discovery of these gap fossils and the fascinating new stories they tell.

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