Introducing Palaeontology

A Guide to Ancient Life

Author: Patrick Wyse Jackson,John Murray

Publisher: Dunedin Academic PressLtd

ISBN: 9781906716158

Category: Science

Page: 152

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Life on Earth can be traced back over 3,000 million years. Many examples of the Earth's past inhabitants are to be found in rocks, preserved as beautiful and fascinating fossils. The earliest life forms were bacteria and algae, which produced the oxygen that enabled more complex life forms to develop. About 600 million years ago, multi-cellular organisms appeared on Earth, some of which could protect themselves with hard parts, such as shells. Many of these life forms were readily fossilized and are used to subdivide geological time. Numerous species then evolved and most are now extinct. Lineages can be traced and extinctions explained as a consequence of terrestrial and extra-terrestrial events. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and explanatory diagrams, Introducing Palaeontology provides a concise and accessible introduction to the science of palaeontology. The book is divided into two parts. The first section explains what a fossil is, how fossils came to be preserved, how they are classified, and what information they can tell scientists about the rocks in which they are found. The second section introduces the major fossil groups, taking a systematic view from algae and plants, through the numerous examples of invertebrate animals, to the vertebrates, and finally to man's ancestors. Technical terms are kept to a minimum and a glossary is provided. [Subject: Palaeontolgy, Natural History]
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Introducing Palaeontology for Tablet Devices

A Guide to Ancient Life

Author: Patrick Wyse Jackson

Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press Ltd

ISBN: 190354467X

Category: Nature

Page: 144

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Life on Earth can be traced back over three thousand million years into the past. Many examples of the Earth's past inhabitants are to be found in rocks, preserved as beautiful and fascinating fossils. The earliest life forms were bacteria and algae; these produced the oxygen that enabled more complex life forms to develop. About 600 million years ago multi-cellular organisms appeared on Earth, some of which could protect themselves with hard parts such as shells. Many of these life forms were readily fossilized and are used to subdivide geological time. Numerous species have evolved and most are now extinct. Lineages can be traced and extinctions explained as a consequence of terrestrial and extra-terrestrial events. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and explanatory diagrams Introducing Palaeontology provides a concise and accessible introduction to the science of palaeontology. The book is divided into two parts. The first explains what a fossil is; how fossils came to be preserved; how they are classified; and what information they can tell scientists about the rocks in which they are found. The second part introduces the major fossil groups taking a systematic view from algae and plants, through the numerous examples of invertebrate animals, to the vertebrates and finally to man's ancestors. Technical terms are kept to a minimum and a glossary is provided.
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Introducing Geology

A Guide to the World of Rocks

Author: Graham Park

Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press Ltd

ISBN: 1903544408

Category: Nature

Page: 144

View: 7313

Our world is made of rock. Although much of the Earth's surface is covered by vegetation, concrete or water, if one digs down far enough solid rock will always be found. Those who live in a landscape where rock outcrops are obvious will have wondered about the kind of rocks they are looking at and how they came to be where they are now. This introductory book explains in simple terms what geology can tell us about the world. Many objects of great beauty and which excite our curiosity, such as crystals or fossils, are to be found by examining rocks. Those searching for and examining such objects gain much more by knowing how and when they originated. In particular fossils, whilst interesting in themselves, tell us from their context in geological time of biological evolution and these clues give an insight into the origins of life on earth. Copiously illustrated this book is intended for those whose interest in geology has been awakened, perhaps by media coverage of earthquakes or dinosaurs and want to know more. Technical terms are kept to a minimum and are explained in a glossary.
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Firefly Guide to Fossils

Author: Firefly Books

Publisher: Firefly Books

ISBN: 9781552978122

Category: Nature

Page: 192

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A guide to the identification, understanding and hunting of fossils, which includes all major groups of fossils and an identification key.
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Dunkle Materie und Dinosaurier

Die erstaunlichen Zusammenhänge des Universums

Author: Lisa Randall

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104030251

Category: Science

Page: 464

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Die Natur der Dunklen Materie gehört zu den spannendsten Fragen der Kosmologie. Die Bestseller-Autorin und Harvard-Professorin Lisa Randall nimmt uns in ihrem neuen Buch ›Dunkle Materie und Dinosaurier. Die erstaunlichen Zusammenhänge des Universums‹ mit auf eine Reise in die Welt der Physik und hilft uns zu verstehen, welche Rolle die Dunkle Materie bei der Entstehung unserer Galaxie, unseres Sonnensystems und sogar des Lebens selbst gespielt hat. Eindrucksvoll zeigt sie, wie die Wissenschaft neue Konzepte und Erklärungen für dieses weithin unbekannte Phänomen entwickelt und verwebt geschickt die Geschichte des Kosmos mit unserer eigenen. Ein Buch, das ein völlig neues Licht auf die tiefen Verbindungen wirft, die unsere Welt so maßgeblich mitgeprägt haben, und uns die außerordentliche Schönheit zeigt, die selbst den alltäglichsten Dingen innewohnt.
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Die Neandertaler und wir

Meine Suche nach den Urzeit-Genen

Author: Svante Pääbo

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104030324

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Die aufregende Geschichte der Entschlüsselung des Neandertalergenoms – und das lebendige Porträt der neuen Wissenschaft der Paläogenetik In einer folgenreichen Nacht im Jahre 1996 gelang Svante Pääbo die Entschlüsselung der ersten DNA-Sequenzen eines Neandertalers. Eine Sensation! Die verblüffenden Erkenntnisse revolutionierten unser Bild von der Entwicklung des Homo sapiens. Jetzt erzählt der preisgekrönte Wissenschaftler seine persönliche Geschichte und verschränkt sie mit der Geschichte des neuen Gebiets, das er maßgeblich mitentwickelte: der Paläogenetik - von den ersten Analysen an altägyptischen Mumien bis hin zu Mammuts, Höhlenbären und Riesenfaultieren. Ein faszinierender Blick hinter die Kulissen der Spitzenforschung in Deutschland und der spannende Entwicklungsroman einer Wissenschaft, deren Ergebnisse vor wenigen Jahrzehnten noch niemand erahnen konnte
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The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Michael J. Benton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199226326

Category: Science

Page: 170

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This Very Short Introduction presents a succinct and accessible guide to the key episodes in the story of life on earth - from the very origins of life four million years ago to the extraordinary diversity of species around the globe today.
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An Introduction to Grand Canyon Fossils

Author: Dave Thayer

Publisher: Grand Canyon Association

ISBN: 9780938216957

Category: Science

Page: 64

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The Grand Canyon is famous for its rock layers, multihued bands of limestones, shales, sandstones, granites, and schists that have made the canyon one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. But in many of those layers, the Grand Canyon contains a veritable sea of fossilized life, from ancient stromatolites in the Grand Canyon Supergroup layers to trilobites in the rimrock Kaibab Formation to ancient reptile trackways preserved in the Coconino Sandstone. An Introduction to Grand Canyon Fossils introduces readers to the vast evidence of ancient life in the canyon and to paleontology, the study of fossilized life. Written in an easy-to-read style and heavily illustrated with diagrams and photographs, the book offers readers access to worlds of ocean shallows, windswept sand dunes, and swampy forests that once covered the Grand Canyon region and have left evidence of their presence in fossils. An Introduction to Grand Canyon Fossils is the only book of its kind focusing on the fossils of the national park, and it will be a delight to readers young and old fascinated by evidence of life hardened in stone.
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Geologie für Dummies

Author: Alecia M. Spooner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 3527687483

Category: Education

Page: 376

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Fragen Sie sich auch manchmal, warum die Erde so aussieht wie sie aussieht? Eiszeiten, Vulkanismus, Erosion, Meteoriteneinschläge - unser Planet hat in seiner Geschichte schon einiges mitgemacht. Und so vielgestaltig die Erde aussieht, so umfangreich und komplex ist auch das Thema Geologie. Aber keine Sorge, Alecia Spooner erklärt Ihnen leicht verständlich alles Wichtige, was es zum Thema Geologie zu wissen gibt: von den chemischen Grundlagen und der Bedeutung von Wind und Wasser für die Geowissenschaften bis zur Bildung und Bestimmung von Gesteinen. Sie erfahren alles Wissenswerte zu Konvektion, Plattentektonik, Mineralien, Fossilien, Erdbeben, Oberflächenprozessen, den geologischen Zeitaltern und vieles, vieles mehr. Nehmen Sie das Buch zur Hand und bringen Sie die Steine ins Rollen!
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Paläontologie für Neugierige

was Sie schon immer über Fossilien, Erdgeschichte und Evolution wissen wollten

Author: Patrick Wyse Jackson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783863123215

Category:

Page: 95

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Kompakte, leicht verständliche Einführung in die Paläontologie, die wichtige Themen behandelt. Im allgemeinen Teil geht es u.a. um Fossilisation, Klassifikation und Methoden; im speziellen Teil werden die einzelnen Fossiliengruppen erläutert.
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Der Rushhour-Killer

Thriller

Author: Mason Cross

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 364114390X

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Wie stoppt man einen Killer, dessen einziges Motiv die pure Lust am Töten ist? Als bei einem Überfall auf einen Gefangenentransport der berüchtigte „Chicago Sniper“ Caleb Wardell entkommen kann, herrscht beim FBI die höchste Alarmstufe. Wardell, der nur zwei Wochen später hingerichtet werden sollte, gilt als völlig unberechenbar und sucht sich seine Opfer bevorzugt in großen Menschenmengen. Das FBI zieht den externen Berater Carter Blake hinzu, der einst während eines Militäreinsatzes im Irak eine äußerst verstörende Begegnung mit Wardell hatte. Wird es Carter diesmal gelingen, den gemeingefährlichen Killer zu stoppen?
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Life on a Young Planet

The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth

Author: Andrew H. Knoll

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400866049

Category: Science

Page: 288

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Australopithecines, dinosaurs, trilobites--such fossils conjure up images of lost worlds filled with vanished organisms. But in the full history of life, ancient animals, even the trilobites, form only the half-billion-year tip of a nearly four-billion-year iceberg. Andrew Knoll explores the deep history of life from its origins on a young planet to the incredible Cambrian explosion, presenting a compelling new explanation for the emergence of biological novelty. The very latest discoveries in paleontology--many of them made by the author and his students--are integrated with emerging insights from molecular biology and earth system science to forge a broad understanding of how the biological diversity that surrounds us came to be. Moving from Siberia to Namibia to the Bahamas, Knoll shows how life and environment have evolved together through Earth's history. Innovations in biology have helped shape our air and oceans, and, just as surely, environmental change has influenced the course of evolution, repeatedly closing off opportunities for some species while opening avenues for others. Readers go into the field to confront fossils, enter the lab to discern the inner workings of cells, and alight on Mars to ask how our terrestrial experience can guide exploration for life beyond our planet. Along the way, Knoll brings us up-to-date on some of science's hottest questions, from the oldest fossils and claims of life beyond the Earth to the hypothesis of global glaciation and Knoll's own unifying concept of ''permissive ecology.'' In laying bare Earth's deepest biological roots, Life on a Young Planet helps us understand our own place in the universe--and our responsibility as stewards of a world four billion years in the making. In a new preface, Knoll describes how the field has broadened and deepened in the decade since the book's original publication.
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Der Turing Omnibus

Eine Reise durch die Informatik mit 66 Stationen

Author: A.K. Dewdney

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3642788726

Category: Computers

Page: 496

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Der Turing Omnibus macht in 66 exzellent geschriebenen Beiträgen Station bei den interessantesten Themen aus der Informatik, der Computertechnologie und ihren Anwendungen.
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A colour guide to paleosols

Author: Greg John Retallack

Publisher: John Wiley & Son Ltd

ISBN: 9780471967118

Category: Nature

Page: 175

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Buried soils (paleosols) are becoming widely recognized in sedimentary rock sequences and are generating much interest among Earth scientists. One reason why paleosols have not been widely recognized until recently is that soil scientists have had little opportunity to consider paleosols in sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Another reason may be the profound alteration of paleosols after burial, so that few paleosols look exactly like surface soils. Colour is an obvious and important feature of paleosols, which are among the most colourful of all rocks, as can be seen from Petrified Forest and Badlands National Parks, USA. With its spectacular colour plates this book serves as an introduction to the colourful world of paleosols. This volume is also a handbook. With concise text and supporting illustrations, it introduces the basic problems of recognizing paleosols in the field and through laboratory studies, unravelling alteration of paleosols after burial, and interpreting ancient environments and life from paleosols. With its extensive index and glossary it is also a gateway to the terminology of geology and soil science. This book will provide an excellent reference for advanced students, researchers and professionals in the areas of sedimentology, stratigraphy, soil science, palaeontology, oil geology, and other related disciplines.
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Walford's Guide to Reference Material: Science and technology

Author: Albert John Walford,Library Association

Publisher: London : Library Association Pub.

ISBN: N.A

Category: Reference

Page: 687

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A revised and updated guide to reference material. It contains selective and evaluative entries to guide the enquirer to the best source of reference in each subject area, be it journal article, CD-ROM, on-line database, bibliography, encyclopaedia, monograph or directory. It features full critical annotations and reviewers' comments and comprehensive author-title and subject indexes. The contents include: mathematics; astronomy and surveying; physics; chemistry; earth sciences; palaeontology; anthropology; biology; natural history; botany; zoology; patents and interventions; medicine; engineering; transport vehicles; agriculture and livestock; household management; communication; chemical industry; manufactures; industries, trades and crafts; and the building industry.
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Guide to reference material

Science & technology

Author: A. J. Walford

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780853653264

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 615

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West Coast Fossils

A Guide to the Ancient Life of Vancouver Island

Author: Rolf Ludvigsen,Graham Beard

Publisher: Harbour Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 216

View: 8153

A guide to the ancient life of Vancouver Island.
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