Nov 21, 2010
Paleontology is a set of tools of discovery in science. Explorers look to the rocks, and the quarries and the fossils encased within to read the story of the evolution of life on Earth, from which single-celled beings radiated to what Darwin described as "Endless forms most beautiful." Brian Switek is a science writer and blogger whose new book explains the processes by which paleontologists from the 17th century forward analyzed the bones of past eras and eons to give us avian dinosaurs (we call them birds), whales, elephants and more. Despite creationist claims, there are transitional fossils. Brian's book is written clearly and with an entertaining voice and I have been thoroughly enjoying it.