Prehistoric Life Evolution and the Fossil Record by Bruce S Lieberman and Roger Kaesler pdf

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Prehistoric Life Evolution and the Fossil Record by Bruce S Lieberman and Roger Kaesler pdf download

Prehistoric Life Evolution and the Fossil Record by Bruce S Lieberman and Roger Kaesler pdf download. Samuel Clemens, in the form of Huckleberry Finn, remarked that “if I’d a know’d what a trouble it was to make (this) book I never would a tackled it.” Although I would not go quite that far, aspects of this sentiment ring true because I signed on to do this project with my colleague and mentor, Roger Kaesler.

Prehistoric Life Evolution and the Fossil Record by Bruce S Lieberman and Roger Kaesler pdf download

However, not too far into the project Roger became deathly ill with the disease that ultimately took his life. In spite of the fact that he passed away in 2006, certainly his stamp is present throughout the book. For instance, in addition to the contributions he made before he passed away, I endeavored to follow the topics and styling’s that I think (and hope) he would have most preferred. In any event, the book’s genesis was based on a class that both he and I taught (and I continue to teach) at the University of Kansas, the eponymous Prehistoric Life. The fossil record represents a remarkable pageant of life: what historian of science Peter Bowler, paraphrasing the famous paleontologist William Diller Matthew, referred to as “Life’s splendid drama.” It also provides a unique window on the patterns and processes of evolution.

Prehistoric Life Evolution and the Fossil Record by Bruce S Lieberman and Roger Kaesler pdf download

This book focuses on both the patterns and the processes of evolution and how the history of life is intertwined with the geological and climatic history of this planet. Ultimately, what first inspired me to become a paleontologist was a trip via New York City subway to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) when I was three years old. There, accompanied by my parents, I saw the spectacular skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex.

Prehistoric Life Evolution and the Fossil Record by Bruce S Lieberman and Roger Kaesler pdf download

My parents were my first teachers: they instilled in me the wonder of scientific discovery. Later teachers, especially Stephen Jay Gould, my undergraduate advisor at Harvard College, and Niles Eldredge, my PhD advisor at Columbia University and the AMNH, continued to inspire my interest in paleontology and the history of life. This book is dedicated to these four teachers.

Prehistoric Life Evolution and the Fossil Record by Bruce S Lieberman and Roger Kaesler pdf download

Prehistoric Life Evolution and the Fossil Record by Bruce S Lieberman and Roger Kaesler pdf download


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