“Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind” is the title of the book we’re going to take a look at today. This new work by Richard Fortey takes a look at the amazing history of live on our planet Earth. But how is this book different form other books about evolution? Let’s take a look and find out.
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Knopf (April 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307263614
- ISBN-13: 978-0307263612
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
About the Author
Richard A. Fortey (born 1946 in London) is a British palaeontologist and a popular science writer. He is famous for being an author of popular science book about evolution including:
- Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth (1999)
- Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution (2001)
- Earth: An Intimate History (2005)
About the Book
“Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms” is a fascinating chronicle of life’s history told not through the fossil record but through the stories of organisms that have survived, almost unchanged, throughout time. Evolution, it seems, has not completely obliterated its tracks as more advanced organisms have evolved; the history of life on earth is far older—and odder—than many of us realize.
Scattered across the globe, these remarkable plants and animals continue to mark seminal events in geological time. From a moonlit beach in Delaware, where the hardy horseshoe crab shuffles its way to a frenzy of mass mating just as it did 450 million years ago, to the dense rainforests of New Zealand, where the elusive, unprepossessing velvet worm has burrowed deep into rotting timber since before the breakup of the ancient supercontinent, to a stretch of Australian coastline with stromatolite formations that bear witness to the Precambrian dawn, the existence of these survivors offers us a tantalizing glimpse of pivotal points in evolutionary history. These are not “living fossils” but rather a handful of tenacious creatures of days long gone.
Rischard Fortey uses his charisma and extensive knowledge of biology and evolution to tell the great story of live throughout the history of our planet. In conclusion, I would highly recommend this one to all who have an interest in biology.