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March Onto Land
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816059594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5959-1
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $40.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 06/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 560
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 192

Summary

March Onto Land depicts life’s migration from the sea to the land and the rise of the first terrestrial organisms. Following the appearance of the first land plants and terrestrial invertebrates, some animals with backbones ventured out of the water. After gaining a toehold on dry land, terrestrial vertebrates grew in number and diversity to become the most important large-bodied organisms on the planet. The evolution of the amniotic egg gave vertebrates an adaptive advantage, allowing them to explore habitats beyond those of their water-bound amphibian ancestors. As a result, reptiles arose and rapidly diversified into a variety of distinct families, each with its own peculiarities. Vertebrate groups explored in this full-color volume include early tetrapods, amphibians, and reptiles. By the Middle Triassic Epoch, the evolutionary stage was set for the rise of many new and distinct species, including mammals and dinosaurs.

Specifications

Full-color photographs and illustrations. Sidebars. References. Further reading. Web sites. Glossary. Appendixes. Index.

About the Author(s)

Thom Holmes is a writer who specializes in natural history subjects and dinosaurs. He is noted for his expertise on the early history of dinosaur science in America. He was the publications director of The Dinosaur Society for five years and the editor of its newsletter, Dino Times, the world’s only monthly publication devoted to news about dinosaur discoveries. It was through the society and his work with the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia that Thom developed widespread contacts and working relationships with paleontologists and paleo-artists throughout the world.

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