LINDY'S PEREGRINATIONS ----- Plants and rocks - two of my favourite things! I'm always picking up pebbles and looking at their patterns - some of which are the result of primitive plant traces. This book is a nice one for dipping into and out of, but read front to back traces the development of plant life on the planet. Crisp images cleanly presented and text aimed at the interested general reader, with hidden nuggets of surprising information (I didn't know Marie Stopes was a palaeobotanist, or that one of the first land plants was named in honour of the Australian botanist Isabel Cookson - a fascinating scientist who deserves to be better known). A book easy to get lost in, and one that keeps alive the hopes of one day randomly picking up a rock that bears the imprint of a long ago plant… Lindy Jones
This is the story of plant life on Earth, uniquely retold through a remarkable record of spectacular fossils.
Palaeobotanist Paul Kenrick explains the importance of each fossil and how it marks a crucial inflection point in plant evolution. Each discovery is illustrated with special photography featuring many original specimens from the Natural History Museum, London.
Beginning with the origins of plant life in the sea, when photosynthesis first evolved in bacteria, Paul Kenrick traces the evolution of plants, through ancient forests and grasslands to familiar flowering plants. From petrified tree trunks to grains of pollen, the breadth of the geological record of plants is quite extraordinary and what emerges are forms that are at first puzzling yet frequently striking and beautiful.
The story of each specimen is interwoven with impressions of the Earth's landscapes and environments at various periods of geological time, revealing the dynamic feedback between plants and animals as well as large-scale planetary processes.