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Switek seamlessly intertwines two types of evolution: one of life on earth and the other of paleontology itself.--Discover MagazineIn delightful prose, Switek] . . . superbly shows that i]f we can let go of our conceit, we will see theMoreSwitek seamlessly intertwines two types of evolution: one of life on earth and the other of paleontology itself.--Discover MagazineIn delightful prose, Switek] . . . superbly shows that i]f we can let go of our conceit, we will see the preciousness of life in all its forms.--Publishers Weekly(starred review)Highly instructive . . . a warm, intelligent yeomans guide to the progress of life.--Kirkus ReviewsMagisterial . . . part historical account, part scientific detective story. Switeks elegant prose and thoughtful scholarship will change the way you see life on our planet. This book marks the debut of an important new voice.--Neil ShubinElegantly and engagingly crafted, Brian Switeks narrative interweaves stories and characters not often encountered in books on paleontology--at once a unique, informative and entertaining read.--Niles EldredgeIf you want to read one book to get up to speed on evolution, readWritten in Stone.Brian Switeks clear and compelling book is full of fascinating stories about how scientists have read the fossil record to trace the evolution of life on Earth.--Ann Gibbons Switeks] accounts of dinosaurs, birds, whales, and our own primate ancestors are not just fascinating for their rich historical detail, but also for their up-to-date reporting on paleontologys latest discoveries.--Carl ZimmerAfter reading this book, you will have a totally new context in which to interpret the evolutionary history of amphibians, mammals, whales, elephants, horses, and especially humans.--Donald R. ProtheroSpectacular fossil finds make todays headlines- new technology unlocks secrets of skeletons unearthed a hundred years ago. Still, evolution is often poorly represented by the media and misunderstood by the public. A potent antidote to pseudoscience, Written in Stoneis an engrossing history of evolutionary discovery for anyone who has marveled at the variety and richness of life.