By Peter D. Ward, Joe Kirschvink
Charles Darwin's theories, first released greater than one hundred fifty years in the past, shape the spine of ways we comprehend the background of the Earth. actually, the at present permitted heritage of existence in the world is so mistaken, so outdated, that it's previous time we'd like a 'New historical past of Life.'
In their most modern booklet, Joe Kirschvink and Peter Ward will express that a lot of our such a lot loved ideals in regards to the evolution of lifestyles are flawed. collecting and interpreting years of discoveries and examine no longer but well known to the general public, a brand new background of lifestyles proposes a distinct beginning of species than the only Darwin proposed, one that contains eight-foot-long centipedes, a frozen "snowball Earth," and the seeds for all times originating on Mars.
Drawing on their years of expertise in paleontology, biology, chemistry, and astrobiology, specialists Ward and Kirschvink paint an image of the origins lifestyles in the world which are right now too tremendous to visualize and too prevalent to dismiss—and having a look ahead, a brand new heritage of existence brilliantly assembles insights from many of the newest medical learn to appreciate how existence on the earth can and may evolve a long way into the long run.
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Predation produced complex strategies, elaborate traps and the sweetest perfumes to lure unsuspecting victims to their deaths. What could be more inventive than the Angler Fish dangling a tiny fishing rod from its head, complete with wriggling bait in its mouth to catch unsuspecting prey? Given that selection pressure generated by predation has been indispensable to the evolution of a wide range of animals, from snails to whales, it is not unreasonable to suggest that—given the right ecological conditions—predation could result in archaic stone-age hominids transforming into fully modern humans.
12 In effect, these sporadic occurrences of Upper Palaeolithic culture did not spread throughout Africa because they were not essential to survival in that region. So where did the real Upper Palaeolithic revolution begin? Where did the founder group first emerge that was to become today’s global population of humans? The archaeological evidence tells us that our founders came from an area in western Eurasia called the Mediterranean Levant (see map opposite), comprising present-day Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, the Sinai Peninsula and Jordan.
The abrupt metamorphosis of primitive hominids into modern humans that occurred in the Levant is particularly puzzling given that their ancestors in that region and elsewhere had survived for six million years without art, creativity, high intelligence, civilisation or most of the other attributes of 21st century humans. 22,23 Then there are all the peripheral questions. Were Neanderthals and early humans one species? Did they socialise? Did they interbreed? —generates dozens of theories but no consensus.
A New History of Life: The Radical New Discoveries about the Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth by Peter D. Ward, Joe Kirschvink