Evolution: The Story of How Life Developed on Earth
Joanna Cole & Aliki
HarperTrophy, 1989 (1987)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
t begins with a farmer digging in a field. '
He found a rock that looked like a bone. Another time, a child found a stone shaped like a seashell.
' People look at them in wonder, but scientists tell us '
they really are the remains of plants and animals.
oanna Cole explains how these
are formed and where they are found in
. Aliki's illustrations make it all clear - including a wonderful drawing of the kinds of creatures found in rock layers from the Precambrian period to the very recent (relatively speaking) time that humans arrived on the planet. We see through the pictures how '
Life was growing and changing!
he author introduces Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution, putting it in perspective of development that happens '
over millions of years
'. Specifically, Cole shows the lobe-fin evolving into amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, even apes and human beings. She concludes by reminding us that '
No one saw evolution happen ... But we can "read" the story told by the fossils.
is one of an excellent
series, that I enjoyed exploring along with my sons when they were in elementary school.
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