And a truly great book. For anyone who's interested in our early cousins' transition from aquatic life forms to terrestrial tetrapods, I cannot recommend any but Jennifer Clack's "Gaining Ground". This is a wonderful exposition on this most important of events in prehistoric times. I LOVED this book, and highly recommend it to anyone interested in evolution as I am. Thank you Jennifer, for a wonderful work!
This is an impressive book. Dr. Clack has put together a textbook-quality history of fossils and phylogenies to tell the tale of us tetrapods. Included are detailed comparative anatomy tables that brings amateurs up to speed on, well, everything. 18 color plates add nice context. If you can't get enough Tiktaalik or Ichthyostega, this book is for you. Highly recommended... - lc
I think the book gaining ground was a very interesting book and would recommend to any learned audience. A person should have a background in a related field. I learned alot and found it well written and worth the money spent.
The book is a good read so far. Figures and diagrams are bit of a nightmare. The problems are 2-fold: 1. Can't view diagram and read any accompanying text at the same time. 2. Diagrams and figures are tiny and unreadable. even when you zoom in the image is simply a blown up thumbnail (text in image blurry and unreadable)