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    The story of our world and the different living things that have populated it is an amazing epic with millions of species, exotic settings, planet-wide cataclysms, and surprising plot twists. 

    These 36 lectures tell the all-embracing story of life on Earth - its origins, extinctions, and evolutions - in a manner that assumes no background in science. At half an hour per lecture, you’ll cover the entire 4.54-billion-year history of Earth in 18 hours, averaging 70,000 years per second! 

    Professor Sutherland notes that if the story of Earth is compared to the height of the Washington Monument, then all of human history is the thickness of a sheet of paper balanced at the top. He devotes most of these lectures to the incredible happenings beneath that piece of paper, including stirring episodes such as Earth’s “snowball” phase, which should have been permanent according to some theories; the Cambrian explosion, after which life’s complexity soared in an explosion of genetic diversification; and the age of giant insects, where dragonflies had 30-inch wingspans and cockroaches reached 20 inches in length. By the time you reach the origin of humans in Lecture 35, you’ll appreciate our species in the widest possible context. Why does the Earth have continents? What causes periodic mass extinctions? How did animals move from water to land? What are the oldest fossils? Experience the thrill of scientists searching for answers to questions such as these. 

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

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    Lots of new facts

    This was a fascinating update for me as my last serious commitment with paleontology lies some 30 years in the past. There are so many new founds and ideas - it's mind staggering. And so much more interesting than the creationist nonsense of biblical fundamentalists! You can hear Professor Sutherlands enthusiasm in each sentence and it is infectious. The written material is excellent and would be understandable even without hearing the audio. The only minus: This course was intended to be a video. And most of the graphical material is just missing. It would be really nice to expand the pdf even more and to show all the specimens mentioned in the audio. It's just too much work to look them all up in the internet.

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