What on Earth Evolved?: 100 Species That Changed the World

What on Earth Evolved?: 100 Species That Changed the World

by Christopher Lloyd (Author)

Synopsis

What is life? Why have creatures evolved as they are? Which species have been the most successful? Where does humanity fit in? Christopher Lloyd leads us on an extraordinary journey, from the birth of life to the present day, as he attempts to answer these questions and to explain, in a jargon-free way, the phenomena that we call 'life on Earth'. Lloyd starts off on the early Earth, 'before man', when loose strands of genetic code swarmed the planet, and moves on to explore the creatures that evolved in the murky deep and crept up on the shore to become pioneers of life on land. He then investigates the world 'after man' and how the co-evolution of humans and a range of other key species has transformed the planet over the last 12,000 years. Along the way, he weaves in potted biographies of the one hundred most influential species that have ever lived, with candidates as diverse as slime, sea scorpions, dragonflies, potatoes, ants, tulips, sheep and grapes. Finally, the species are ranked into a table of influence to reveal those that have most changed life on Earth. Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Darwin's On the Origin of Species, this beautifully illustrated, wide-ranging book provides an entertaining and eye opening insight into mankind's place in nature, and our pivotal relationship with the Earth itself: past, present and future.

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: 05 Oct 2009

ISBN 10: 0747599629
ISBN 13: 9780747599623
Book Overview: Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species What On Earth Happened? has sold over 12,000 copies in hardback (BookScan TCM) and has achieved excellent publicity through a 14-part serial in the Independent, author appearances on BBC Breakfast and numerous high profile events Publication will be supported by a new website featuring an interactive quiz and much author publicity including public events to coincide with Darwin celebrations

Media Reviews
PRAISE FOR WHAT ON EARTH HAPPENED? 'A gripping re-telling of the most extraordinary story ever told' INDEPENDENT 'An ambitious history of the planet from the Big Bang to the present day' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'BOOKS OF THE YEAR' 'Compelling ... remarkably far-reaching and even-handed' SUNDAY TIMES
Author Bio
Christopher Lloyd read history at Cambridge, where he graduated with a double-first, before becoming technology correspondent for the Sunday Times. In 1994 he won the Texaco award for the Science Journalist of the Year. After leaving journalism, he ran a number of internet and educational publishing businesses. In 2006 he decided to home-school his two daughters, and the inspiration to write his first book, What On Earth Happened?, published in 2008, came during a four-month tour of Europe with his family.