Sat 05 Dec 2020

The Rusty Honda

In the morning Alice and I went to Scheveningen to pay a visit to Skate Shop Rollerwave. Alice wanted a skateboard and protective gear for her "Sinterklaas" present.

On our way to the shop we encountered a nice looking but rusty Honda motorcycle so I took a photo.

A rusty Honda motorcycle
A rusty Honda motorcycle.

Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters

Donald R. Prothero’s Evolution is an entertaining and rigorous history of the transitional forms and series found in the fossil record. Its engaging narrative of scientific discovery and well-grounded analysis has led to the book’s widespread adoption in courses that teach the nature and value of fossil evidence for evolution. Evolution tackles systematics and cladistics, rock dating, neo-Darwinism, and macroevolution. It includes extensive coverage of the primordial soup, invertebrate transitions, the development of the backbone, the reign of the dinosaurs, and the transformation from early hominid to modern human. The book also details the many alleged “missing links” in the fossil record, including some of the most recent discoveries that flesh out the fossil timeline and the evolutionary process.

Source: Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters.

Evolution second edition by Donald R. Prothero
Evolution second edition by Donald R. Prothero.

In the late afternoon we went to my mother's house to celebrate "Sinterklaas". I got the hardcover of Donald R. Prothero’s Evolution (second edition). I plan to read this book front to back very soon. The book is recommended by Jerry Coyne, the author of Why Evolution Is True which I read, with a lot of pleasure, a few years ago.

Linesman: OK

Just before midnight I finally finished Linesman by S. K. Dunstall, which is the pen name used by Australian sisters Sherylyn and Karen Dunstall. While I love the idea of "lines", to me it's very original, the book was quite a slow read. Only in the end the pace increased. I am not sure yet if I am going to read the sequel.