In this book Palmer takes the reader on a journey through historical time, exploring the history of the study of fossils, and highlights the major breakthroughs and discoveries which have shaped the science of palaeontology. It is a story of changing perception and also of changing methodology, of spectacular new finds that have changed our understanding of evolution.

Palmer takes us through the history of palaeontological endeavours from the very earliest apparent recognition of fossils by pre-humans, the discovery of many classic fossil sites (including the obligatory romp through the Burgess Shale) right up to the as yet fruitless search...

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