What on Earth Happened?: The Complete Story of the Planet, Life, and People from the Big Bang to the Present Day

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Bloomsbury, Oct 7, 2008 - History - 415 pages
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A gorgeously illustrated and wholly comprehensive timeline of the earth's entire history that explains how everything is interconnected.

As comprehensive as the subtitle suggests, What on Earth Happened is a primer for Planet Earth, a giant narrative leap across time and space, one seismic change at a time. Combining the history of earth science and the history of human civilization, What on Earth Happened covers how the earth was formed, how life began, the way the ecosystem works, how species evolved, the rise of man, migration, the development of tools, language, agriculture, art, transportation, architecture, cities, religion, government, global conflicts, and medicine. In short, it shows how everything—from the mountains and flowers and the birds and the bees to the Iraq war and the oil under the Arctic—is all wonderfully, complexly interconnected.

Entertaining and accessible—and gorgeously illustrated with specially commissioned graphs, charts and maps—What on Earth Happened connects the dots of the past to tell a coherent, comprehensive, and compelling story about our very own third rock from the sun.

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Christopher Lloyd graduated from Peterhouse, Cambridge in 1991 with two scholarships and a double first-class degree in history. He was an editor at the Sunday Times and was named the Texaco Science Journalist of the Year in 1994. He was also co-founder of LineOne, a joint venture Internet service provider, and later became a director of New’s International’s Internet activities.

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