Books focusing on life during the Cambrian are not a rarity: Simon Conway Morris’s The Crucible of Creation and Stephen Jay Gould’s Wonderful Life (and to a lesser degree, McMenanim & McMenamin’s The Emergence of Animals) each deal with various aspects of what is now generally referred to as the ‘Cambrian Explosion’. While each of these volumes is interesting and intriguing in its own right, none of them gets down to the ‘nitty gritty’ of what the Earth was like during the uprising of these Cambrian animal faunas, what it was like to be alive during the Cambrian. The...

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