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Pre-history, anthropology, civilizations, evolution.
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See also OCEANOGRAPHY.
The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Sea.
Penguin Books. 2001. ISBN 0-670-03023-6 (hard)
Softcover, 304 pages, mono line drawings. ISBN 0 14 20.0156 (image left)
Ellis is not only a brilliant artist, but also an accomplishedauthor and researcher. This is a superb book, easy to read with a weathof information that anyone with at least the slightest interest in thesea would do well to absorb. Did life evolve from the sulfurous volcanicvents deep at the seabed? What happened to the TrIlobites? (They movedto Parramatta). If you know what a Sacabambaspis is, or are familiar withthe Desmostylians, then perhaps you do not need this book, otherwise readit and appreciate the diversity of marine life that has gone before us.A brilliant book.
Still in print. Available from Oceans Enterprises.
AND THE LIMPET
I was delighted to read this book, wonderfully written by a mrine biologist a reader in zoology at Cambridge University,who takes us on an evolutionary journey whilst on an actual journey. He looks at the evolution of not so much the specific species, but of their physical characteristics - for example buoyancy, sight, protection. How does the apparently brainless sea urchin make decisions - why dont whales get the bends. This is a fascinating book, highly recommended for anyone interested in the creatures of the sea and for those who prefer high quality reading.
The Mysterious Origins of Civiliazation
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