Survivors: The Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind

Survivors: The Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind

Richard Fortey


An awe-inspiring trip during the eons of time and around the globe, looking for noticeable lines of evolution in dwelling creatures that have survived from earliest occasions and whose tales communicate to us of seminal occasions within the heritage of existence. 'Reading Richard Fortey is often natural pleasure' invoice BRYSON The heritage of existence in the world is way older -- and much odder -- than many folks fully grasp. during this ebook, acclaimed writer Richard Fortey lines this historical past no longer via fossil files, yet within the dwelling tales of organisms that experience survived approximately unchanged for hundreds of thousands of hundreds of thousands of years and whose life this day offers us tantalising glimpses of landscapes lengthy vanished. For evolution has no longer obliterated its tracks. Scattered around the globe, unusual and marvellous crops and animals have survived almost unchanged because existence first started. they vary from humble algal mats relationship again virtually billion years to hardy musk oxen, which linger because the final vestiges of Ice Age fauna. Following in Fortey's questing footsteps, Survivors takes us on interesting trip to those historic worlds. On a moonlit seashore in Delaware the place the horseshoe crab shuffles its manner via a violent romance, we seize a glimpse of lifestyles 450 million years in the past, almost immediately after it different at the ocean ground. alongside a stretch of Australian sea coast, we endure witness to the attractions and sounds that will have greeted a Precambrian sunrise. ultimately, within the dense rainforests of recent Zealand the place the secretive velvet trojan horse burrows into the rotting bushes of the jungle flooring, we surprise at a residing fossil which has survived unchanged in view that sooner than the dissolution of the Gondwana supercontinent. Written with Fortey's time-honored sparkle and gusto, this splendidly engrossing exploration of the world's oldest wildlife brilliantly combines the simplest technological know-how writing concerning the origins of existence with an explorer's experience of event and a poet's ask yourself on the wildlife. completely compelling, eye-opening and awe-inspiring, this can be a ebook for somebody with an curiosity in evolution, in nature, within the impressive scope of geological time and our personal modest interplay with it -- in brief, in existence itself.

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