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5. Against the odds

5. Against the odds  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2005
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776090
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192805041.003.0005
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9780192805041
‘Against the odds’ describes the processes and conditions of fossil formation, the study of which is termed taphonomy. Fossils represent a tiny fraction of the diversity of life that has ... More
4. Some things we know, some things we don’t

4. Some things we know, some things we don’t  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2005
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776090
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192805041.003.0004
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9780192805041
‘Some things we know, some things we don't’ illustrates that palaeontology is a dynamic science because we still only know the fossil record imperfectly. The understanding that certain ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Michael J. Benton

in The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2008
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777011
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199226320.003.0001
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The ‘Introduction’ shows that the keys to understanding the history of life are fossils — the remains of plants, animals, or microbes that once existed. Sites of exceptional preservation ... More
3. The origin of skeletons

3. The origin of skeletons  

Michael J. Benton

in The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777011
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199226320.003.0004
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9780199226320
‘The origin of skeletons’ explores what skeletons are, what the fossil and rock record shows, new molecular evidence, and the heated debates about whether the Cambrian Explosion is real or ... More
4. The great catastrophes

4. The great catastrophes  

Paul B. Wignall

in Extinction: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
eISBN: 
9780191844928
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198807285.003.0004
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9780198807285
What is a mass extinction? Mass extinction events are geologically short intervals of time (always under a million years), marked by dramatic increases of extinction rates in a broad range ... More
The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael J. Benton

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2008
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777011
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199226320.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199226320
The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction introduces ideas from a range of scientific disciplines, from evolutionary biology and earth history, to geochemistry, ... More
5. Earth surface geology

5. Earth surface geology  

Jan Zalasiewicz

in Geology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
eISBN: 
9780191842771
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198804451.003.0005
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9780198804451
‘Earth surface geology’ considers the particular conditions created by the water cycle governing the distinctive surface geology of Earth. It looks at the efficiency of the rock cycle: the ... More
Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

Fossils: A Very Short Introduction  

Keith Thomson

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2005
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776090
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192805041.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192805041
How did Darwin use fossils to support his theory of evolution? What are ‘living fossils’? What fossils will we leave behind for future generations to examine? Fossils: A Very Short ... More

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