Evolution of the Earth by Donald R. ProtheroEvolution of the Earth by Donald R. Prothero

Evolution of the Earth

byDonald R. Prothero, Robert H. Dott, Jr.

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Evolution of the Earth reveals the logical framework of geology, shows relations of the science to the totality of human knowledge, and gives some idea of what it is to be a participant in the discipline. In keeping with the preference for a "How do we know?" rather than "What do we know?" approach, the authors stress what assumptions are made by earth historians, what kinds of evidence (and tools for gathering that evidence), and what processes of reasoning and limitations of hypotheses are involved in reconstructing and interpreting the past.

Each chapter begins with a list of highlights entitled "Major Concepts". Many chapters have a summary timeline that puts the entire sequence of events into a quick visual reference frame. The use of dioramas and reconstructions of extinct animals and plants has been greatly expanded, so that students can get a more vivid concept of typical life in any part of the geologic past. In many places, the authors have supplied a full page of color photos of classic fossils from each period to improve the visual recognition of the organisms that give life its distinctive history. The areas of hottest controversy, such as mass extinctions, dinosaur endothermy, the origin of life, and controversies over late Proterozoic tectonics and glaciation, have been given separate sections so that students can appreciate the different sides of the debates.

Title:Evolution of the EarthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 10.8 × 9 × 0.8 inPublished:September 28, 2009Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0072826843

ISBN - 13:9780072826845

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Table of Contents

Preface

About the Authors

Chapter 1: Time and Terrestrial Change

Chapter 2: Floods, Fossils, and Heresies

Chapter 3: Evolution

Chapter 4: The Relative Geologic Time Scale and Modern Concepts of Stratigraphy

Chapter 5: The Numerical Dating of the Earth

Chapter 6: The Origin and Early Evolution of the Earth

Chapter 7: Mountain Building and Drifting Continents

Chapter 8: Precambrian History An Introduction to the Origin of Continental Crust

Chapter 9: Early Life and Its Patterns

Chapter 10: Earliest Paleozoic History: The Sauk Sequence-An Introduction to Cratons and Epeiric Seas

Chapter 11: The Later Ordovician: Further Studies of Plate Tectonics and the Paleogeography of Orogenic Belts

Chapter 12: The Middle Paleozoic: Time of Reefs, Salt, and Forests

Chapter 13: Late Paleozoic History: A Tectonic Climax and Retreat of the Sea

Chapter 14: The Mesozoic Era: Age of Reptiles and Continental Breakup

Chapter 15: Cenozoic History: Threshold of the Present

Chapter 16: Pleistocene Glaciation and the Advent of Humanity

Chapter 17: The Best of All Possible Worlds?

Appendix I: The Classification and Relationships of Living Organisms

Appendix II: English Equivalents of Metric Measures

Glossary

Index