Aquagenesis by Richard Ellis
The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Sea

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Life on earth began in the sea, and Richard Ellis traces it from the first microbes and fish to jawless, finless creatures that evolved into the 26,000 species alive today including sharks, whales, penguins, dolphins—and humans. Along the way he raises fascinating post-Darwinian questions and answers others. How did life originate? How do animals change from one form into another? Why do some endure and others die out? Pinpointing, sometimes controversially, what the fossil record can and cannot teach us, Aquagenesis is a beautifully illustrated wonder.

Ellis's authority and verve made his The Search for the Giant Squid a Publishers Weekly Best Book—"a sparkling work of natural history . . . charming, grandly entertaining"—and earned it The Washington Post Book World's praise as "high-grade intellectual entertainment." In Aquagenesis Ellis brings the same exceptional gift for words and images to his exploration of the wonder and mystery of the ocean and a four-billion-year aquatic timeline.

About Richard Ellis

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Richard Ellis is one of America's most celebrated marine artists & writers. The author of ten books, including "The Search for the Giant Squid" & "Men & Whales". Ellis makes his home in New York City.
Published October 1, 2001 by Viking Adult. 320 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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There’s a rogue’s gallery of toothy, spiny creatures (sharks with teeth all over their heads, others big enough and happy to eat a horse) and an equally long list of sideshow marvels, including the wonderful hagfish, which “can emit gallons of nauseating, toxic slime.” The theories tendered for t...

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Elsewhere, Ellis states, without citing evidence to back him up, that ''there simply hasn't been enough time for the tens of millions of life forms now on Earth -- and the billions that are extinct -- to have developed by the gradual, often accidental process that we call evolution.'' He then cla...

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Men and Whales) investigates this phenomenon and many others from bioluminescence to convergent evolution to the origin of life itself in his excellent Aquagenesis: The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Sea (sent too late to PW for review).

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