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Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms

The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind
Fortey, Richard A. (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms
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Former Natural History Museum (London) paleontologist Fortey gives us the stories of those plants, animals, and other creatures that have survived from Earth's early days--the planet's "true marathon runners."
Authors: Fortey, Richard A.
Title: Horseshoe crabs and velvet worms
the story of the animals and plants that time has left behind
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: xv, 332 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Richard Fortey
Notes: "Originally published as Survivors in Great Britain by HarperPress, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, London."
Summary: Former Natural History Museum (London) paleontologist Fortey gives us the stories of those plants, animals, and other creatures that have survived from Earth's early days--the planet's "true marathon runners."
ISBN: 0307263614
9780307263612
Branch Call Number: 595 F738h 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Plant conservation Worms Limulus polyphemus Conservation Invertebrates Conservation Arthropoda Conservation
Topical Term: Plant conservation
Worms
Limulus polyphemus
Invertebrates
Arthropoda
LCCN: 2011039941
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Former Natural History Museum (London) paleontologist Fortey gives us the stories of those plants, animals, and other creatures that have survived from Earth's early days .

The history of life on earth told through the stories of animals that have survived, almost unchanged, for millions of years. Evolution has not completely wiped out its tracks as more advanced organisms came to be. And that history is far older, and much stranger, than many of us would ever guess.


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Oct 27, 2012
  • Rachelene_Biblio rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A fine book about the history of life and those species that have survived mass extinction events to stay on this world up to the present. Richard Forthey brings us wonderful insights about the origins of life, and why some species make it thru the eons relatively unchanged, and why some (most?) don't.

His writing style can be objectionable to some, but his ability as a vulgarisator in not to be denied. A worthy and enlightening read!

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