Survivivors: The Animals And Plants That Time Has Left Behind

Paperback | November 5, 2012

byRichard Fortey

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In this groundbreaking book, prize-winning science writer Richard Fortey chronicles life's history not through the fossil record, but through the stories of organisms that have survived, almost unchanged, through geological time.

Fortey takes us on a journey to ancient worlds: on a moonlit beach in Delaware where the horseshoe crab shuffles its way through a violent romance, we catch a glimpse of life 450 million years ago. Along a stretch of Australian coastline, we bear witness to the sights and sounds that would have greeted a Precambrian dawn. And, in the dense rainforests of New Zealand, where the secretive velvet worm burrows into the rotting timber of the jungle floor, we marvel at a living fossil which has survived unchanged since before the break-up of Gondwana, the ancient supercontinent, over 150 million years ago.

Written with Fortey's customary sparkle and gusto, this wonderfully engrossing exploration of the world's oldest flora and fauna brilliantly combines the best science writing about the origins of life with an explorer's sense of adventure and a poet's wonder at the natural world.

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In this groundbreaking book, prize-winning science writer Richard Fortey chronicles life's history not through the fossil record, but through the stories of organisms that have survived, almost unchanged, through geological time. Fortey takes us on a journey to ancient worlds: on a moonlit beach in Delaware where the horseshoe crab shu...

Richard Fortey is the author of several books including The Earth: An Intimate History. He was elected President of the Geological Society of London for its bicentennial year of 2007, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.88 × 5.13 × 0.94 inPublished:November 5, 2012Publisher:Harpercollins (uk)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0007209878

ISBN - 13:9780007209873

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