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History of Life, 5th Edition


Wiley is pleased to announce the publication of the 5th Edition of History of Life, an updated, full color text designed for students and anyone with an interest in the history of life on our planet.

Updates in the 5th edition include more photographs, a fully updated account of recent advances, as well as an expanded section on invertebrates. History of Life describes the biological evolution of Earth's organisms and reconstructs their adaptations to the life they led, and the ecology and environment in which they functioned.

The interplay between a changing Earth and its evolving organisms is the underlying theme of History of Life.


History of Life, 5th Edition has a dedicated website which explores additional enriching information and discussion, and provides or points to the art for the book and many other images useful for teaching. See:

To speak to the author or for a review copy of History of Life, 5th Edition please contact: Michelle Martella at Wiley
Tel: +1 201-748-6145/ email:

History of Life, 5th Edition
March 2013 • 312pp
978-0-470-67172-6 • Electronic Edition Available
$99.95; CAN $109.95; €39.95; £49.60

About the Editor

Richard Cowen learned how to write and think critically at Cambridge University, and how to teach and think creatively at the University of California, Davis. He received a campus Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993 and designed the course "History of Life" there. The book was written specifically for that course, and has gone on to become a best-selling textbook.

About Wiley

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