Linda Hall Library Discussion of “At the Water’s Edge

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Hello to all with an interest in attending the Periodic Round Table Book
discussion on April 7th. We will be discussing the book, At the Water’s
Edge: fish with fingers, whales with legs, and how life came ashore and
then went back to the sea by Carl Zimmer. It is a fascinating
explanation of two of the most dramatic evolutionary transitions in the
history of life on Earth. I hope that you are enjoying the book as much
as I am.

If you’d like to learn about what has been discovered since the book was
published, check out Carl Zimmer’s suggested articles from his blog.
Some relevant articles are listed, along with additional links, on a web
page that we’ve prepared about the book.

I am developing a list of potential discussion questions. If this list
will be sent to those who’ve registered a few days before the
discussion. If you have some questions that you’d like added to this
list, let me know.

Most of Zimmer’s chapters are quite readable individually. For those
without time to read the whole book, I recommend reading chapters 1 and
2 to learn more about how land animals evolved from fish or chapters 5,
6 and 7 for an introduction to the return of mammals to the sea.

For more information:

Jenny Bruenger
Reference Librarian
Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology
5109 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO 64110
816.926.8725 – bruengej@lindahall.org
fax: (816) 926-8782
www.lindahall.org

Here’s direct link to the Linda Hall library web page on the round table:

http://www.lindahall.org/events_exhib/book/zimmer.shtml 

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