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Origins: The Search for Our Prehistoric Past

Frank H. T. Rhodes

Abstract

Fossils are the fragments from which, piece by laborious piece, the great mosaic of the history of life has been constructed. Here and there, we can supplement these scraps by the use of biochemical markers or geochemical signatures that add useful information, but, even with such additional help, our reconstructions and our models of descent are often tentative. This book explores the origin and evolution of living things, the changing environments in which they have developed, and the challenges we now face on an increasingly crowded and polluted planet. The book argues that the future well- ... More

Keywords: fossils, history of life, living things, prehistoric life, origin of life, primates, evolution, modern human

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501702440
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702440.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank H. T. Rhodes, author
Cornell University