Animals of the Past


Read by Jeffery

(5 stars; 2 reviews)

Prior to the emergence of paleontology and comparative anatomy as scientific disciplines at the end of the 18th century, it was generally known that there were species of animals that had disappeared completely. The term "extinction" originally applied to the extinguishing of fires or erasing of one's debt. It was not until 1784 that the term extinction was used to denote the complete eradication of a species of living being. In 1901, Frederic A. Lucas penned an overview of vertebrate animals whose only evidence of being remained in fossil records. The book focuses primarily on vertebrate animals, from fish to mammals. - Summary by Jeffery Smith (5 hr 54 min)

Chapters

Introductory and Explanatory 8:25 Read by Jeffery
Chapter 1 Fossils, and How They Are Formed 25:44 Read by Jeffery
Chapter 2 The Earliest Known Vertebrates 21:05 Read by Jeffery
Chapter 3 Impressions of the Past 21:35 Read by Jeffery
Chapter 4 Rulers of the Ancient Seas 30:35 Read by Jeffery
Chapter 5 Birds of Old 28:15 Read by Jeffery
Chapter 6 The Dinosaurs 28:36 Read by Jeffery
Chapter 7 Reading the Riddles of the Rocks 40:18 Read by Jeffery
Chapter 8 Feathered Giants 32:01 Read by Jeffery
Chapter 9 Ancestry of the Horse 23:29 Read by Jeffery
Chapter 10 The Mammoth 31:21 Read by Jeffery
Chapter 11 The Mastodon 32:28 Read by Jeffery
Chapter 12 Why Do Animals Become Extinct? 31:04 Read by Jeffery

Reviews

(5 stars)

Interesting and entertaining book. Of course, due to its age, all of the "facts" must be taken with a boatload of salt. But it's still fascinating to learn about what was known back then, and a fun inspiration for looking up the animals mentioned on Wikipedia to see what we know today. Reader is very good, with a pleasant, calm and clear voice.