“A marvelous museum of the past four billion years on earth--capacious, jammed with treasures, full of learning and wide-eyed wonder.”
— Boston Globe on Life
From its origins on the still-forming planet to the recent emergence of Homo sapiens—one of the world’s leading paleontologists offers an absorbing account of how and why life on earth developed as it did. Interlacing the tale of his own adventures in the field with vivid descriptions of creatures who emerged and disappeared in the long march of geologic time, Richard Fortey sheds light upon a fascinating array of evolutionary wonders, mysteries, and debates. Brimming with wit, literary style, and the joy of discovery, this is an indispensable book that will delight the general reader and the scientist alike.