Friday, January 7, 2011
1) Switek, Brian. Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature. 2010. Bellevue Literary Press. Paperback: 320 pages. Price: $17.95 U.S.
SUMMARY: Spectacular fossil finds make today’s headlines; new technology unlocks secrets of skeletons unearthed a hundred years ago. Still, evolution is often poorly represented by the media and misunderstood by the public. A potent antidote to pseudoscience, Written in Stone is an engrossing history of evolutionary discovery for anyone who has marveled at the variety and richness of life.
RECOMMENDATION: A readable introduction to the fossil record and evolution. You can visit the author's blog here: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/laelaps