The Garden of Ediacara: Discovering the First Complex Life PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Mark A. S. McMenamin

The Garden of Ediacara: Discovering the First Complex Life

Columbia University Press
Publication date: June 1998
ISBN: 9780231500302
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Including twenty-two photographs and more than fifty drawings of these strikingly beautiful early life forms, this book presents a mesmerizing documentary of a major scientific discovery. During an expedition in Sonora, Mexico, McMenamin unearthed fossils of creatures dated at approximately 600 million years old making them the oldest animal fossils ever discovered. These circular fossils, known as Ediacarans, seemed to defy classification. A marine life form that existed in Precambrian times, as much as fifty million years before life on earth began to diversify rapidly, they bore a special resemblance to jellyfish. McMenamin's research profoundly impacts our understanding of evolutionary biology, for it indicates that the path toward intelligent life was embarked upon more than once on this planet.
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