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PALEONTOLOGY

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Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 10/14/2014

Price: $34.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34482-3

A History of Life in 100 Fossils showcases 100 key fossils that together illustrate the evolution of life on earth. Iconic specimens have been selected from the renowned collections of the two premier natural history museums in the world, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and the Natural History Museum, London. The fossils have been chosen not only for their importance in the history of life, but also because of the visual story they tell. This stunning book is perfect for all readers...

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Written by JEAN-BAPTISTE DE PANAFIEU
Translator LINDA ASHER
Photographer PATRICK GRIES

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 11/15/2011

Price: $50.00

ISBN: 978-1-609-80368-1

Spectacular, mysterious, elegant, or grotesque, the vertebrate skeletons of Earth’s fossil record carry within them the traces of several billion years of evolution. Evolution, a resounding success on its initial publication in 2007, is a unique and beautiful attempt to provide a map of those billion years in time.

Here is a powerful pairing: two hundred stark black-and-white photographs produced by Patrick Gries in collaboration with the Museum of Natural History in Paris are accompanied by...

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AN ECOLOGICAL EXPLORATION INTO THE MYSTERIES OF LIFE
Written by JOHN THEBERGE

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

On Sale: 04/05/2011

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-771-08518-5

Drawing on breakthrough research in evolution, genetics, and on their extensive work in the field and lab, wildlife biologists John and Mary Theberge explain for non-scientists the real facts of life.

Birds that suddenly grow gall bladders, when their species has none. Moose with antlers so big they encumber their movement through the forest. Butterflies that risk extinction by overwintering en masse. These are just a few stories the Theberges tell in their examination of what the mechanisms...

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Written by WILLIAM D. TIDWELL

Format: Trade Paperback, 386 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 06/22/2010

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-1-560-98758-1

Illustrated with more than eight hundred drawings and photographs, this informative, hands-on guide will help amateur fossil collectors identify and assess the significance of their finds. Introductory chapters describe the types of plant preservation and outline the development of such groups as ferns, fern allies, and seed plants including cycads, ginkgos, conifers, and flowering plants. Generic accounts include brief characterizations; one or more line drawings; lists of formations in...

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THE QUEST FOR HUMAN ORIGINS

Format: Trade Paperback, 344 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 06/01/2010

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-39640-2

“Lucy is a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton who has become the spokeswoman for human evolution. She is perhaps the best known and most studied fossil hominid of the twentieth century, the benchmark by which other discoveries of human ancestors are judged.” From Lucy’s Legacy

In his New York Times bestseller, Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind, renowned paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson told the incredible story of his discovery of a partial female skeleton that revolutionized the study of...

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THE SECRET LIFE OF THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Written by RICHARD FORTEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/08/2009

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27552-3

Aremarkable behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary people, meticulous research, and driving passions that make London’s Natural History Museum one of the world’s greatest institutions.

In an elegant and illuminating narrative, Richard Fortey takes his readers to a place where only a few privileged scientists, curators, and research specialists have been—the hallowed halls that hold the permanent collection of the Natural History Museum. Replete with fossils, jewels, rare plants, and...

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SOFT TISSUES AND HARD SCIENCE
Written by PHILLIP MANNING

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: National Geographic

On Sale: 01/20/2009

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-426-20384-8

Drawing on new breakthroughs and cutting edge techniques to scan and analyze this rare and remarkable discovery, Dr. Manning takes us on a thrilling, globe-spanning tour of dinosaur mummy finds—from the first such excavation in 1908 to a baby dinosaur unearthed in 1980, from a dino with a heart in South Dakota to titanosaur embryos in Argentina. And he discusses his own groundbreaking analysis of Dakota that will intrigue dinosaur loving readers of all ages.

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A JOURNEY INTO THE 3.5-BILLION-YEAR HISTORY OF THE HUMAN BODY
Written by NEIL SHUBIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/06/2009

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27745-9

Winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science
Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Book Award
Finalist for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books
A Library Journal Top Science Title


Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way? To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today's most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpected...

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A JOURNEY INTO THE 3.5-BILLION-YEAR HISTORY OF THE HUMAN BODY
Written by NEIL SHUBIN

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 01/15/2008

Price: $24.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-42447-2

Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way? To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today's most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpected sources: worms, flies, and even fish.

Neil Shubin, a leading paleontologist and professor of anatomy who discovered Tiktaalik—the “missing link” that made headlines around the world in...

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PROBING THE MYSTERIES OF THE WORLD'S FIRST ARTISTS
Written by GREGORY CURTIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 10/09/2007

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-07887-5

The Cave Painters is a vivid introduction to the spectacular cave paintings of France and Spain—the individuals who rediscovered them, theories about their origins, their splendor and mystery.

Gergory Curtis makes us see the astonishing sophistication and power of the paintings and tells us what is known about their creators, the Cro-Magnon people of some 40,000 years ago. He takes us through various theories—that the art was part of fertility or hunting rituals, or used for religious...

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THE RACE TO DISCOVER OUR EARLIEST ANCESTORS
Written by ANN GIBBONS

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 04/10/2007

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-07696-3

In this dynamic account, award-winning science writer Ann Gibbons chronicles an extraordinary quest to answer the most primal of questions: When and where was the dawn of humankind?

Following four intensely competitive international teams of scientists in a heated race to find the “missing link”—the fossil of the earliest human ancestor—Gibbons ventures to Africa, where she encounters a fascinating array of fossil hunters: Tim White, the irreverent Californian who discovered the partial...

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NEW REVELATIONS OF THE AMERICAS BEFORE COLUMBUS
Written by CHARLES C. MANN

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/10/2006

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-03205-1

In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.

In the last twenty years, archeologists and anthropologists equipped with a battery of new scientific techniques have made far-reaching discoveries that have completely changed their understanding of what the Americas were like before Columbus's arrival. Most of us learned in school that Indians crossed the Bering Strait...

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