Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

03 April 2020 | By Stephen Jay Gould | Filed in: palaeontology.

High in the Canadian Rockies is a small limestone quarry formed 530 million years ago called the Burgess Shale It hold the remains of an ancient sea where dozens of strange creatures liveda forgotten corner of evolution preserved in awesome detail In this book Stephen Jay Gould explores what the

Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution

03 April 2020 | By Richard Fortey | Filed in: palaeontology.

With Trilobite, Richard Fortey, paleontologist and author of the acclaimed Life, offers a marvelously written, smart and compelling, accessible and witty scientific narrative of the most ubiquitous of fossil creatures.Trilobites were shelled animals that lived in the oceans over five hundred million

Remarkable Creatures

03 April 2020 | By Tracy Chevalier | Filed in: palaeontology.

In 1810, a sister and brother uncover the fossilized skull of an unknown animal in the cliffs on the south coast of England With its long snout and prominent teeth, it might be a crocodile except that it has a huge, bulbous eye Remarkable Creatures is the story of Mary Anning, who has a talent

When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of all Time

03 April 2020 | By Michael J. Benton | Filed in: palaeontology.

Today it is common knowledge that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a meteorite impact 65 million years ago that killed half of all species then living Far less well known is a much greater catastrophe that took place at the end of the Permian period 251 million years ago 90 percent of life was

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

03 April 2020 | By Elizabeth Kolbert | Filed in: palaeontology.

Over the last half billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid

Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by their Trace Fossils

03 April 2020 | By Anthony J. Martin | Filed in: palaeontology.

What if we woke up one morning all of the dinosaur bones in the world were gone How would we know these iconic animals had a165 million year history on earth, and had adapted to all land based environments from pole to pole What clues would be left to discern not only their presence, but also to

T. Rex and the Crater of Doom

03 April 2020 | By Walter Álvarez | Filed in: palaeontology.

The story of one of the greatest adventures of twentieth century science, told by the central figure It is a great read for both scientist and layperson Richard Muller, author of Nemesis The Death Star Sixty five million years ago, a comet or asteroid larger than Mt Everest slammed into

The Tyrannosaur Chronicles: The Biology of the Tyrant Dinosaurs

03 April 2020 | By David Hone | Filed in: palaeontology.

Adored by children and adults alike, Tyrannosaurus is the most famous dinosaur in the world, one that pops up again and again in pop culture, often battling other beasts such as King Kong, Triceratops or velociraptors in Jurassic Park But despite the hype, Tyrannosaurus and the other tyrannosaurs