What on Earth happened? 9780747594598, 0747594597

Christopher Lloyd tells our story from the very beginning of time to the present day, taking giant narrative leaps acros

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What on Earth happened?
 9780747594598, 0747594597

Table of contents :
PART 1: MOTHER NATURE (13.7 billion-7 million BC) --
1. Chrunch, bang, ouch! --
2. First twitches --
3. Tectonic teamwork --
4. Fossil fuss --
5. Davy Jones's locker --
6. Friends of the Earth --
7. Great egg race --
8. Dino-wars --
9. Flowers, birds and bees --
10. Prime time --
PART 2: HOMO SAPIENS (2 million-5000 BC) --
11. Ice box --
12. Food for thought --
13. Humanity --
14. The great leap forward --
15. Hunter-gatherer --
16. Deadly game --
17. Food crops up --
PART 3: SETTLING IN (5000 BC-c.570 AD) --
18. Written evidence --
19. Divine humanity --
20. Mother goddess --
21. Triple trouble --
22. Dragon's lair --
23. Peace of mind --
24. East-West divide --
25. Olympic champions --
26. Conquerors of the world --
27. Hurricane force --
28. Timbuk-taboo --
29. Amazing Americas --
PART 4: GOING GLOBAL (C.570 AD-present day) --
30. What a revelation! --
31. Paper, printing and powder --
32. Medieval misery --
33. Treasure hunt --
34. Moules Mariniere --
35. Fancy a beer? --
36. New Pangaea --
37. Mixed response --
38. Free reign --
39. Monkey business --
40. White man's race --
41. Back to the future --
42. Witch way? --
Further reading --
Notes --
Index.

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