To call it a book though might be a slightly misleading. In fact this is a wall chart/newspaper/quizbook/intellectual “Where’s Wally”. The amount of information included is quite phenomenal and I have so far only scratched the surface myself.
The book really comes in two parts. Firstly you have a fold out wall chart, this is detachable from the book so you have the choice of whether to pin it on the wall or leave it folded up neatly. When unfolded in full, the wall chart is a massive two metres in length, so the decision about pinning it up or not might come down to whether you have a long enough area of blank wall space! It spans a massive period of time (essentially 4.5 billion years ago to the present day) and pretty much chronicles the development of our planet and eco-system.
From year Zero (when the first signs of life emerge as organic chemicals in the ocean fuse into molecules capable of duplication) to the year 2000 (a population boom where cities such as London require farmland over 125 times bigger than the area of land they occupy to feed their enormous populations) the chart is full of illustrations, each with their own description and explanation.
What on Earth? Wallbook Timelines make fantastic gifts for seriously curious children