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Short Description for Evolution Now available in paperback--an awe-inspiring epic that covers an astonishing 165 million years, and dramatizes the amazing sweep of humankind's evolution from the far past to the distant future.
- Published: 03 February 2004
- Format: Paperback 645 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780345457837 ISBN 10: 0345457838
- Sales rank: 185,024
Full description for Evolution
Stretching from the distant past into the remote future, from primordial Earth to the stars, "Evolution" is a soaring symphony of struggle, extinction, and survival; a dazzling epic that combines a dozen scientific disciplines and a cast of unforgettable characters to convey the grand drama of evolution in all its awesome majesty and rigorous beauty. Sixty-five million years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, there lived a small mammal, a proto-primate of the species "Purgatorius." From this humble beginning, Baxter traces the human lineage forward through time. The adventure that unfolds is a gripping odyssey governed by chance and competition, a perilous journey to an uncertain destination along a route beset by sudden and catastrophic upheavals. It is a route that ends, for most species, in stagnation or extinction. Why should humanity escape this fate?