The Story of Life in 25 Fossils: Review of New Book by Donald R. Prothero

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This fall has brought another book by famed Paleontologist Donald Prothero entitled, The Story of Life in 25 Fossils: Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution and published by Columbia University Press. This book recounts some of the most important events in the history of biodiversity by taking the reader through 25 especially noteworthy species from the fossil record. Last month, I spoke with him about the book and these exciting days for paleontology.

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The title of the book is somewhat misleading. While the book is organized into 25 chapters, each bearing a subtitle of a specific extinct species, Prothero provides abundant evolutionary and historical context for each species, often explaining many other species and fossils along the way. Readers will learn about many more than just 25 fossil species.

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