An Overview of the Novel -"First Life"
Made to follow the two-part tv show,"David Attenborough's First Life" covers the centuries of time, leading to the evolution of innovative forms of life on the planet. It's a chronological diary, divided into eleven chapters which tells the story of this"slow burning " which resulted in the burst of life in the Cambrian, the maturation of the Phyla of organisms which are still with us now.
There are lots of fantastic photos and a lot of information about the fossil places, though it might have been fascinating to see more about a number of the united kingdom fossil locations like Crail from Scotland and there are too few frightening animals for kids to enjoy. Although, it's amazing to find that the strange and terrific creatures called the Ediacaran fauna (soft-bodied, eccentric organisms). From the late Precambrian, around six hundred thousand decades ago, straightforward food chains had become established with more than thirty distinct genera recognized, this very simple ecosystem is called the Ediacaran fauna after the Ediacara Hills, north west of Adelaide in South Australia, in which a wide range of late Precambrian fossils were found in the late 1940s.
The highlight of this book, was studying about Sir David's own link with Charnwood woods, the website at Leicestershire, the county of Sir David's youth, where the major Precambrian fossil Charnia (Charnia masoni) was detected.
"First Life" - Suitable and Informative Content
At over 285 pages in length, this publication gives an proper balance between academic material and computer generated miracles. Among the qualities of this publication, are the intense close up photos of significant fossils. The huge majority of fossils in the Precambrian and the Cambrian geological period are incredibly modest, but the highly magnified and full color photos help bring the fossil proof"to life"" as it had been. The reader is treated to a terrific pictures, illustrations of this crude sea arenas and a few superb computer created impressions and images in regards to what the flora and fauna of the Burgess Shale site may have looked like (British Columbia, Canada).
In short, a fantastic book, an intriguing read, not ideally suited to kids but a fitting tribute to the work of scientists and also to Sir David himself.