Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth by Richard Fortey

A wonderful journey through the history of life on this planet. The author takes the time to dally over interesting diversions and injects autobiographical life lessons and amusement to help keep our feet firmly in the present day.

So we get to know more about our current understanding of the huge vistas of time the stretch behind us and what our relatives were up to and we get an inkling of the kinds of people who are doing the research.

Fortey's obvious delight in his subject shines through and this book is great for both the layman and scientist alike.

If you are at all curious about why and how we we got here then this book is great start in exploring such a vast topic.

4 out of 5 stars.


  1. cool. although i think i'm more interested in "your inner fish" at the moment. but i have more books that i'm reading now so i probably won't even get to that any time soon :(

    hey i was wondering if you've looked at either of these: http://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Jean-Baptiste-Panafieu/dp/1583227849/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207675397&sr=8-2


    i want a beautiful coffee table book visually representing evolution for visitor to my home. any idea if one of these would do?

  2. Hi Mark,

    Sorry, but I am unfamiliar with either of those books.

    I do have the hardback of Ancestors Tale by Dawkins. That could possibly do the trick although at 500 odd pages it is definitely not a "picture book" it does have some cracking illustrations.

    Worth a look see anyway.

    Let me know what you decide on - if you get something and like it (or not) keep me posted - sounds like an excellent idea.



  3. just ran into the big black book called evolution.

    it's gorgeous! coffe-table worthy, indeed.