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Book Title: Written in Stone: The Hidden Secrets of Fossils and the Story of Life on Earth|
The author of the book: Brian Switek
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Edition: Icon Books
Date of issue: 2012
ISBN 13: 9781848313422
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"Switek seamlessly intertwines two types of evolution: one of life on earth and the other of paleontology itself."--"Discover Magazine"
""In delightful prose, Switek] . . . superbly shows that ' i]f we can let go of our conceit, ' we will see the preciousness of life in all its forms."--"Publishers Weekly"(starred review)
"Highly instructive . . . a warm, intelligent yeoman's guide to the progress of life."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Magisterial . . . part historical account, part scientific detective story. Switek's elegant prose and thoughtful scholarship will change the way you see life on our planet. This book marks the debut of an important new voice."--Neil Shubin
"Elegantly and engagingly crafted, Brian Switek's narrative interweaves stories and characters not often encountered in books on paleontology--at once a unique, informative and entertaining read."--Niles Eldredge
"If you want to read one book to get up to speed on evolution, read"Written in Stone."Brian Switek's clear and compelling book is full of fascinating stories about how scientists have read the fossil record to trace the evolution of life on Earth."--Ann Gibbons
" Switek's] accounts of dinosaurs, birds, whales, and our own primate ancestors are not just fascinating for their rich historical detail, but also for their up-to-date reporting on paleontology's latest discoveries."--Carl Zimmer
"After reading this book, you will have a totally new context in which to interpret the evolutionary history of amphibians, mammals, whales, elephants, horses, and especially humans."--Donald R. Prothero
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.
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Read information about the authorBrian Switek has loved fossils and natural history since he was knee-high to a Stegosaurus, and he's turned that passion into a writing career encompassing articles, blogs, and books for outlets ranging from National Geographic and Nature to Slate and the Wall Street Journal.
His first book, Written in Stone, was published in 2010, followed by My Beloved Brontosaurus (2013), the National Geographic special issue When Dinosaurs Ruled (2014), and the children's book Prehistoric Predators (2015). His next book, about the evolutionary stories wrapped up in our very bones, will be published by Riverhead in 2017.
Brian lives in Salt Lake City with a clowder of four cats, his faithful canine companion Jet, and his wife Tracey. When not tapping away at the desk, he can usually be found wandering the desert with museum crews looking for what's left of the non-avian dinosaurs.