Cover image for Darwin's fossils : the collection that shaped the theory of evolution / Adrian Lister.
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Darwin's fossils : the collection that shaped the theory of evolution / Adrian Lister.
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9781588346179
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Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, c2018.

©2018
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232 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ; 23 cm
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"Copyrighted by the Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London."
Contents:
Preface -- The making of a naturalist -- Giant mammals -- A petrified forest -- Marine life -- Coral islands -- The making of a theory.
Abstract:
Reveals how Darwin's study of fossils shaped his scientific thinking and led to his development of the theory of evolution. -- Provided by publisher.
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Reveals how Darwin's study of fossils shaped his scientific thinking and led to his development of the theory of evolution.

Darwin's Fossils is an accessible account of Darwin's pioneering work on fossils, his adventures in South America, and his relationship with the scientific establishment.

While Darwin's research on Galápagos finches is celebrated, his work on fossils is less well known. Yet he was the first to collect the remains of giant extinct South American mammals; he worked out how coral reefs and atolls formed; he excavated and explained marine fossils high in the Andes; and he discovered a fossil forest that now bears his name. All of this research was fundamental in leading Darwin to develop his revolutionary theory of evolution.

This richly illustrated book brings Darwin's fossils, many of which survive in museums and institutions around the world, together for the first time. Including new photography of many of the fossils--which in recent years have enjoyed a surge of scientific interest--as well as superb line drawings produced in the nineteenth century and newly commissioned artists' reconstructions of the extinct animals as they are understood today, Darwin's Fossils reveals how Darwin's discoveries played a crucial role in the development of his groundbreaking ideas.


Author Notes

Adrian Lister is a Research Leader in the Earth Sciences Department at the Natural History Museum, London. His research is centred on how ice-age mammal fossils enhance our understanding of processes of evolution and species extinction. He has written many articles and contributes regularly to broadcast media and books.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

When Charles Darwin returned to England after five years on the HMS Beagle, he brought back more than the outline of the theory of evolution, as Lister elucidates in this well-researched look at an aspect of Darwin scholarship. As Lister, a scientist in the Earth Sciences Department at the Natural History Museum, London, so well explains, Darwin was also responsible for delivering a huge array of fossils to England that both shaped his ideas on evolution and influenced the thinking of the scientific community at large. Lister also demonstrates that many of Darwin's original hypotheses based on the fossils, such as the geological origin of southern South America and the origin of atolls, continue to prove useful. The range of fossils discussed-from some of the largest mammals ever found in South America (such as the Notiomastodon platensis) to microscopic algae, as well as pieces of petrified wood-speaks to the breadth of Darwin's interests and his ability to meld such divergent data into a coherent whole. This is a welcome addition to the ever-growing body of literature dealing with the life and work of Darwin. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Author's notep. 4
Chapter 1 The making of a naturalistp. 7
Chapter 2 Giant mammalsp. 35
Chapter 3 Petrified forestsp. 93
Chapter 4 Marine lifep. 113
Chapter 5 Coral islandsp. 163
Chapter 6 The making of a theoryp. 183
Sourcesp. 216
Referencesp. 220
Further informationp. 226
Indexp. 227
Picture sourcesp. 232

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