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Darwin's Fossils by Adrian Lister

Darwin’s Fossils

Darwin's Fossils by Adrian Lister
Apr 24, 2018 | 160 Pages
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    Apr 24, 2018 | 160 Pages

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This is a welcome addition to the ever-growing body of literature dealing with the life and work of Darwin.

The voyage Charles Darwin took in 1835 to the Galapagos Islands, where he catalogued a colorful variety of finches, is often cited in books about the groundbreaking scientist’s life as the primary inspiration forhis insights into evolution. Yet Darwin’s five-year journey involved many inland excursions, including three trips to the Andes, where he gathered a treasure trove of fossils that also played an enormous role indeveloping his theories. As a researcher at London’s Natural History Museum as well as a fossil expert, Lister takes advantage of his easy access to much of Darwin’s archive to reveal how indispensable thoseassorted skeletal remains and geological artifacts were to Darwin’s research. Lister recounts Darwin’s fullitinerary in chronology, along with descriptions of key findings during each ground-based expedition, including major discoveries about extinct mammals and coral-reef formation. Richly illustrated withphotos from the fossil collection and line drawings produced when Darwin was alive, Lister’s work is an essential acquisition for every library prizing quality books on evolution.

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