And How Life Came Ashore but Then Went Back to Sea, Whales with Legs, At the Water's Edge: Fish with Fingers

Written by: Carl Zimmer, Carl Dennis Buell

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Everybody Out of the Pond
At the Water's Edge will change the way you think about your place in the world. The awesome journey of life's transformation from the first microbes 4 billion years ago to Homo sapiens today is an epic that we are only now beginning to grasp. Magnificent and bizarre, it is the story of how we got here, what we left behind, and what we brought with us.
We all know about evolution, but it still seems absurd that our ancestors were fish. Darwin's idea of natural selection was the key to solving generation-to-generation evolution -- microevolution -- but it could only point us toward a complete explanation, still to come, of the engines of macroevolution, the transformation of body shapes across millions of years. Now, drawing on the latest fossil discoveries and breakthrough scientific analysis, Carl Zimmer reveals how macroevolution works. Escorting us along the trail of discovery up to the current dramatic research in paleontology, ecology, genetics, and embryology, Zimmer shows how scientists today are unveiling the secrets of life that biologists struggled with two centuries ago.
In this book, you will find a dazzling, brash literary talent and a rigorous scientific sensibility gracefully brought together. Carl Zimmer provides a comprehensive, lucid, and authoritative answer to the mystery of how nature actually made itself.
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T.
Dec. 21--This book is just outstanding! It is the only book that clearly shows how natural selection and evolution really >work< through macroevolution, or the evolution of large body structures. The story that Zimmer relates of how some critters have gone into the sea, back to the land, and repeated this several times, taught me stuff that even I hadn't heard about (as an eclectic reader of evolutionary biology tomes). There's also a fine amount of the history of paleontology woven into t Dec. 21--This book is just outstanding! It is the only book that clearly shows how natural selection and evolution really >work< through macroevolution, or the evolution of large body structures. The story that Zimmer relates of how some critters have gone into the sea, back to the land, and repeated this several times, taught me stuff that even I hadn't heard about (as an eclectic reader of evolutionary biology tomes). There's also a fine amount of the history of paleontology woven into the book, along with a great review of recent paleotological field work and what it means to our understanding of various dead critters. Read this book not only for the pleasure of the reading, but because it will easily supply you with rebuttal points for some of the creationist/ID drivel that still flutters around the US of A. Tom.
Jordan
I should have read it in consecutive days rather than here and there--I wound up forgetting names and developments in the breaks between readings. Zimmer is a fantastic science writer, still a bit above the everyman in some places but great for people with some background in the subject. I can't wait to read his other books, and I'd love to see a new edition of this book with all of the discoveries made in the past 16 years and how they change the theories in the book.
T.
Dec. 21--This book is just outstanding! It is the only book that clearly shows how natural selection and evolution really >work< through macroevolution, or the evolution of large body structures. The story that Zimmer relates of how some critters have gone into the sea, back to the land, and repeated this several times, taught me stuff that even I hadn't heard about (as an eclectic reader of evolutionary biology tomes). There's also a fine amount of the history of paleontology woven into the book, along with a great review of recent paleotological field work and what it means to our understanding of various dead critters. Read this book not only for the pleasure of the reading, but because it will easily supply you with rebuttal points for some of the creationist/ID drivel that still flutters around the US of A. Tom.
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Jordan
I should have read it in consecutive days rather than here and there--I wound up forgetting names and developments in the breaks between readings. Zimmer is a fantastic science writer, still a bit above the everyman in some places but great for people with some background in the subject. I can't wait to read his other books, and I'd love to see a new edition of this book with all of the discoveries made in the past 16 years and how they change the theories in the book.
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