When Plants Took Over the Planet

The Amazing Story of Plant Evolution

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Pub Date 7 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 10 Sep 2021

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Discover the incredible story of how plant life grew to cover the surface of planet Earth, from long before human life existed up to the present day.

This large-format, highly illustrated book will guide readers through the key aspects of the life of plants, from early ferns which were most certainly munched on by dinosaurs, to carnivorous plants that snap and ‘attack’ their prey, or powerful medicinal plants that can heal ailments and boost health.

Mysterious and wonderful plants and trees are explored through the diverse habitats they’re found in, from the Amazon Rainforest to the Sahara Desert, and through the animals found living on them or amongst them.

This book also explores how humans use – and abuse – our precious plants, and how reliant we all are on the survival of our planet’s network of botanical life.

When Plants Took Over the Planet is the latest in the Incredible Evolution series, a beautifully illustrated set of books rich with facts about how life developed on the planet.

Discover incredible stories of ancient species in When the Whales Walked, and explore the ancestry of the human race in When We Became Humans.

Discover the incredible story of how plant life grew to cover the surface of planet Earth, from long before human life existed up to the present day.

This large-format, highly illustrated book will...

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I want this book!! It is gorgeous with loads of facts about plants, it is suitable for UKS2 - which is perfect for our new science topics that have been put into the curriculum. As science lead for our primary school, I'd recommend it for teachers and students alike. - wow!!

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When Plants Took Over the Planet is a fascinating and informative guide that explains how our planet evolved over billions of years to become swarmed with plant life. Starting right back at the beginning it discusses historical periods, fossil forests, microorganisms, algae, seaweed and the plant life that begun in swamps and waterways before it ever crept onto and conquered land. It talks about the oldest plants on earth and continues through them in chronological order showing exactly when they initially appeared on earth. Filled with tidbits of interesting information on each plant species, there is a lot to learn here and the vivid, full-colour illustrations complement the text magnificently. If you would like to know more about how plant life evolved from the first known plants on earth right through to present day, this is an excellent choice. Highly recommended.

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A lovely book, full of beautiful imagery. It takes you on a journey learning about the ways in which plants began to emerge in different forms. Explores a range of different plants, giving interesting information about each one. This book is perfect for the child (or adult) who is fascinated by plants and wants to know more. It also explore topics such as plants that are in danger, extinction, why plants are important and how you could plant a fossil forest at home. 4 stars

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