Fedonkin, Mikhail A. et al.

Among the major events in evolutionary history, few rival in importance the appearance of animals. This book, a significant reference providing a comprehensive synthesis of the early radiation of the animal kingdom, fully captures this moment in geologic time.  Five of the world’s leading palaeontologists take us on a journey to the most important fossil sites that serve as unique windows to the earliest animal life – including the Ediacara Hills of Australia, the Russian taiga and tundra, the sandy deserts of southwest Africa, and the rugged coasts of Newfoundland.  Each of these places is a rich record of how animals came into existence and how some succeeded and others failed.  The authors also explore the diversification of Animalia into the familiar body plans of today: from simple sponges to complex molluscs, arthropods, echinoderms, and chordates that appear explosively in the Cambrian.  This exquisitely illustrated book is an essential resource for palaeontologists, biologists, geologists, and teachers.

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Johns Hopkins University Press, February 2008.   326 pages, hardcover, dustwrapper, colour photographs, colour illustrations, line drawings, maps.

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Weight 1500 g