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The Cave Painters
Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists
Written by Gregory Curtis


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7887-5 (1-4000-7887-3)

The Cave Painters is a vivid introduction to the spectacular cave paintings of France and Spain—the individuals who rediscovered them, theories about their origins, their splendor and mystery.

Gergory Curtis makes us see the astonishing sophistication and power of the paintings and tells us what is known about their creators, the Cro-Magnon... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Origin of Species

Written by Charles Darwin
Foreword by Edward J. Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 11, 1998
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75146-2 (0-375-75146-7)

Perhaps the most readable of the great works of scientific imagination, The Origin of Species set forth a theory of evolution and natural selection that challenged contemporary beliefs about divine providence and the immutability of species.

This edition also includes an introductory sketch and a glossary Darwin later added to the original... Read more >

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The Voyage of the Beagle
Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World
Written by Charles Darwin
Introduction by Steve Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75680-1 (0-375-75680-9)

The Voyage of the Beagle chronicles Charles Darwin's five-year journey around the world and especially the coastal waters of South America as a naturalist on the H.M.S. Beagle. While traveling through these unexplored countries collecting specimens, Darwin began to formulate the theories of evolution and natural selection realized in his master... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Evolution

Written by Jean-Baptiste De Panafieu
Photographed by Patrick Gries
Translated by Linda Asher


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 15, 2011
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-368-1 (1-60980-368-X)

Spectacular, mysterious, elegant, or grotesque, the vertebrate skeletons of Earth’s fossil record carry within them the traces of several billion years of evolution. Evolution, a resounding success on its initial publication in 2007, is a unique and beautiful attempt to provide a map of those billion years in time.

Here is a... Read more >

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Dry Storeroom No. 1
The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum
Written by Richard Fortey


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27552-3 (0-307-27552-3)

Aremarkable behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary people, meticulous research, and driving passions that make London’s Natural History Museum one of the world’s greatest institutions.

In an elegant and illuminating narrative, Richard Fortey takes his readers to a place where only a few privileged scientists, curators, and research specialists have been—the hallowed halls... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fossils
The Key to the Past
Written by Richard Fortey


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2002
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-1-58834-048-1 (1-58834-048-1)

This thorough introduction to the world of paleontology has been completely revised and updated, reflecting changes in the ways that fossils are viewed and interpreted. Using the fluid writing style that made Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution such a success, Dr. Fortey brings the study of fossils into the 21st-century.

“In this attractive... Read more >

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


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70261-7 (0-375-70261-X)

From its origins on the still-forming planet to the recent emergence of Homo Sapiens—Fortey's account of how and why life developed as it did is informed with a depth of knowledge and enthusiasm that not only educates but excites the imagination. Interlacing the tale of his own adventures in the field... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Trilobite
Eyewitness to Evolution
Written by Richard Fortey


Format: Trade Paperback, 324 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70621-9 (0-375-70621-6)

With Trilobite, Richard Fortey, paleontologist and author of the acclaimed Life, offers a marvelously written, smart and compelling, accessible and witty scientific narrative of the most ubiquitous of fossil creatures.

Trilobites were shelled animals that lived in the oceans over five hundred million years ago. As bewilderingly diverse then as the beetle... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The First Human
The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors
Written by Ann Gibbons


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7696-3 (1-4000-7696-X)

In this dynamic account, award-winning science writer Ann Gibbons chronicles an extraordinary quest to answer the most primal of questions: When and where was the dawn of humankind?

Following four intensely competitive international teams of scientists in a heated race to find the “missing link”—the fossil of the earliest human ancestor—Gibbons ventures... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ancient Mysteries
Discover the latest intriguiging, Scientifically sound explinations to Age-old puzzles
Written by Peter James and Nick Thorpe


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 30, 2001
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43488-3 (0-345-43488-9)

For centuries, philosophers, scientists, and charlatans have attempted to decipher the baffling mysteries of our past, from Stonehenge to the lost continent of Atlantis. Today, however, DNA testing, radiocarbon dating, and other cutting-edge investigative tools, together with a healthy dose of common sense, are guiding us closer to discovering the truth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lucy's Legacy
The Quest for Human Origins
Written by Dr. Donald Johanson and Kate Wong


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39640-2 (0-307-39640-1)

“Lucy is a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton who has become the spokeswoman for human evolution. She is perhaps the best known and most studied fossil hominid of the twentieth century, the benchmark by which other discoveries of human ancestors are judged.” From Lucy’s Legacy

In his New York Times bestseller, Lucy: The Beginnings of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fossil Plants

Written by Paul Kenrick and Paul Davies


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-156-3 (1-58834-156-9)

Long before there were animals on the earth, many kinds of plants covered the prehistoric planet. The soft remains rarely fossilized, but sometimes leaves, flowers, and branches would fall into soft mud or be encased by the ash of exploding volcanoes. These plants were preserved and now offer a sampling of... Read more >

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Origins Reconsidered
In Search of What Makes Us Human
Written by Richard E. Leakey
Contribution by Roger Lewin


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 1993
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-46792-6 (0-385-46792-3)

Beginning with his stunning discovery of a 1.5 million-year-old skeleton near Kenya's Lake Turkana, world-renowned anthropologist Richard Leakey explores our fossil record and asks fundamental questions about the origins and evolution of the human species.

PRAISE FOR ORIGINS RECONSIDERED

"Readable, exciting and provocative big sky popular science."  --Washington Post Book World

"Crisply written... It is... Read more >

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The Sixth Extinction
Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind
Written by Richard E. Leakey
Contribution by Roger Lewin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-46809-1 (0-385-46809-1)

In this tour de force which will inform your students, Leakey and Lewin examine the five mass extinctions that have taken place in history-each of which claimed 65% of Earth's species. The authors draw parallels between these evolutionary crises and mankind's destruction of 30,000 species per year in the present. The... Read more >

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1491 (Second Edition)
New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Written by Charles C. Mann


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3205-1 (1-4000-3205-9)

In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.

In the last twenty years, archeologists and anthropologists equipped with a battery of new scientific techniques have made far-reaching discoveries that have completely changed their understanding... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs
Soft Tissues and Hard Science
Written by Phillip Manning


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: January 20, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0384-8 (1-4262-0384-5)

Drawing on new breakthroughs and cutting edge techniques to scan and analyze this rare and remarkable discovery, Dr. Manning takes us on a thrilling, globe-spanning tour of dinosaur mummy finds—from the first such excavation in 1908 to a baby dinosaur unearthed in 1980, from a dino with a heart in South... Read more >

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The Fossils of Florissant

Written by Herbert W. Meyer


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2003
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-107-5 (1-58834-107-0)

The most diverse fossil bed in the United States provides a unique picture of what life was like 34 million years ago. In the rocks of Florissant, Colorado, lying in the shadow of Pike’s Peak, is the evidence of a long-lost world. Encased by the ash of volcanoes that erupted tens... Read more >

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Ammonites

Written by Neale Monks and Philip Palmer


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2002
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-047-4 (1-58834-047-3)

The beautiful spiral shells of these long-extinct marine invertebrates are among the most sought after and recognizable of fossils, yet little has been published about ammonites outside of geological journals. Neale Monks and Philip Palmer look at the latest ideas on ammonite biology and ecology to present this detailed picture of... Read more >

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Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliff

Written by Michael Novacek


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 18, 1997
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47775-8 (0-385-47775-9)

Over the past six years Michael Novacek, the Provost of Science at the American Museum of Natural History, has led a team of international scientists to the Gobi Desert on the greatest dinosaur expedition of the late 20th century.

Closed to the West since the 1920's, the remote sands of Mongolia's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Your Inner Fish
A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Written by Neil Shubin


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27745-9 (0-307-27745-3)

Winner of the 2009 National Academy of Sciences Book Award

Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way? To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Your Inner Fish
A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Written by Neil Shubin


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 15, 2008
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-42447-2 (0-375-42447-4)

Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way? To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today's most... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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A History of Life in 100 Fossils

Written by Paul D. Taylor and Aaron O'Dea


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 14, 2014
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-482-3 (1-58834-482-7)

A History of Life in 100 Fossils showcases 100 key fossils that together illustrate the evolution of life on earth. Iconic specimens have been selected from the renowned collections of the two premier natural history museums in the world, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and the Natural History Museum, London. The fossils... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Ptarmigan's Dilemma
An Ecological Exploration into the Mysteries of Life
Written by John Theberge and Mary Theberge


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-8518-5 (0-7710-8518-4)

Drawing on breakthrough research in evolution, genetics, and on their extensive work in the field and lab, wildlife biologists John and Mary Theberge explain for non-scientists the real facts of life.

Birds that suddenly grow gall bladders, when their species has none. Moose with antlers so big they encumber their movement through... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Common Fossil Plants of Western North America, Second Edition

Written by William D. Tidwell


Format: Trade Paperback, 386 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-758-1 (1-56098-758-8)

Illustrated with more than eight hundred drawings and photographs, this informative, hands-on guide will help amateur fossil collectors identify and assess the significance of their finds. Introductory chapters describe the types of plant preservation and outline the development of such groups as ferns, fern allies, and seed plants including cycads, ginkgos... Read more >

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The Wisdom of the Bones
In Search of Human Origins
Written by Alan Walker and Pat Shipman


Format: Trade Paperback, 366 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 2, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74783-3 (0-679-74783-4)

In 1984 a team of paleoanthropologists on a dig in northern Kenya found something extraordinary: a nearly complete skeleton of Homo erectus, a creature that lived 1.5 million years ago and is widely thought to be the missing link between apes and humans. The remains belonged to a tall, rangy adolescent... Read more >
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