Darwin's Fossils: Discoveries that Shaped the Theory of Evolution
Darwin's Fossils: Discoveries that Shaped the Theory of Evolution

Darwin's Fossils: Discoveries that Shaped the Theory of Evolution

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In On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin credited his discoveries of fossils, as much as those of living creatures, as the stimulus for his theory of evolution. Darwin's Fossils is an accessible account of his pioneering work, his adventures in South America and his relations with the scientific establishment.

While Darwin's work on Galapagos finches is celebrated, his pioneering work on fossils is much less well known. 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 was fundamental in leading him to his theory of evolution. Many of Darwin's fossils survive, at the Natural History Museum and elsewhere, and recent years have seen a surge of scientific interest and research.

Richly illustrated with high definition photography, superb 19th century line drawings, and newly-commissioned artists' reconstructions of the extinct animals as understood today, Darwin's Fossils reveals how fossils played a crucial role in the development of his revolutionary ideas.
  • Author: Adrian Lister
  • ISBN: 9781486309450
  • Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
  • Date of Publication: April 2018
  • Number of Pages: 224
  • Product Dimensions (cm): 17.3 x 23.0

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