Thad P says:
Life will out. Often after near destruction. Watch form follow function over 4.5 billion years in a witty, easily accessible (and yes, pithy) story.
A senior editor at "Nature" describes the history of the last 4.6 billion years on Earth, from a raging maelstrom in constant chemical flux to the living things that adapted to every possible setback and thrived.
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