Ancient Life in Alabama

Dr. Bill Deutsch, a retired researcher and educator at Auburn University who recently delighted readers with his ability to communicate scientific concepts to an audience of laypersons, has followed up his acclaimed work on Alabama rivers with a new book titled "Ancient Life in Alabama: The Fossils, the Finders & Why It Matters."

Alabama has fossil-bearing rocks from the Cambrian Period to the more recent past when the world we know now was beginning to emerge, a time frame spanning approximately 500 million years, i.e., “deep time.” Note here that recorded history, which is considered to have begun with the Bronze Age, spans a period of approximately 5,000 years, beginning with the Sumerian cuneiform script. 

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