1. The Origin of Life on Earth.
2. Earth’s Earliest Life.
3. Sex and Nuclei: Eukaryotes.
4. The Evolution of Metazoans.
5. The Cambrian Explosion.
6. Changing Life in a Changing World.
7. The Early Vertebrates.
8. Leaving the Water.
9. Tetrapods and Amniotes.
10. Early Amniotes and Thermoregulation.
11. The Triassic Takeover.
13. The Evolution of Flight.
14. The Modernization of Land and Sea.
15. The Origin of Mammals.
16. The End of Dinosaurs.
17. Cenozoic Mammals: Origins, Guilds and Trends.
18. Geography and Evolution.
20. Evolving Toward Humans.
21. Life in the Ice Ages.
"His material is accessible to even the uninitiated, but is still able to include fairly nuanced arguments. Mr. Cowen's gentle wit is much appreciated. This is a wonderful text, written in an engaging style by an author with both deep and broad knowledge of the history of life."
Emily Buchholtz, Wellesley College <!--end-->
"...the History of Life is a superb book which has no peer among published texts describing the macroevolution of life on Earth and the abiotic and biotic factors that have influenced the evolutionary history of living organisms."
Robert McMahon, U of Texas at Arlington
Praise for the Third Edition:
Anybody interested in the evolution of the Earth and its living organisms, especially animals, will find the content of this book useful and interesting. [...] I would recommend the book to those readers who would like to gain a basic knowledge on the Earth's evolution accompanied with detailed description of the evolution of animals.
L. Natr, Photosynthetica 40
'Should be compulsory for everyone who wants to call him/herself a palaeontologist.' J.W.F Reumer, PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology, (2006)
- Covers the field succinctly with the appropriate depth for the undergraduate market.
- Examines vertebrates in depth, the easiest group of organisms for students to focus on.
- Draws examples from both vertebrate and invertebrate fossil record.
- Focuses more on the evolution of the physical earth and the influences of environmental conditions on evolution.