Architects of Eternity
The New Science of FossilsBook - 2001
Man has always been fascinated by fossils, but it is only relatively recently that we have begun to appreciate fully what they actually tell us about our world. Scattered across eternity, the fossil record is our only tangible link to the vast tracts of Deep Time which precede the advent of humankind. Perhaps predictably, the way fossils have been interpreted in the past often tells us more about the political and moral agendas of the personalities involved than it does about prehistory. But it is these larger-than-life personalities from Othniel Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope battling it out in the wildernesses of nineteenth-century Wyoming right up to the bitter feuds of scientists today that we owe our knowledge about the real origins of life on earth.
Publisher: London : Headline, 2001.
Characteristics: 338 p. :,ill. (some col.), col. maps ;,24 cm.