Multcolib My Librarian Tama: Weird, rare and relic animals
Annotation:Edward Wilson and Piotr Naskrecki together in one book is a combo that will get lovers of biodiversity all hot and bothered. I'm betting this makes it to some Best of 2014 lists as we get later into the year. Want want want.
Annotation:Includes current research of the biological avant-garde with language that gets the science girl in me all worked up. Words like extremophile, shadow biosphere, intelligent weird life. The pictures do the same: the methane ice worm, for example. Are you kidding me?
Annotation:A words-and-pictures portrait of earth like no other. Visit habitats and see creatures that have lived nearly untouched for hundreds of millions of years. Dinospiders, goliath tarantulas, horseshoe crabs, and many more are detailed with Naskrecki's brilliant writing.
Annotation:Ninety-nine percent of animal life is smaller than a human finger. Those featured in this gorgeous book, some photographed for the first time, live in threatened biodiversity hotspots: tropical forests, deserts, savannas. Naskrecki's on my Must-Read-Whatever-They-Write list. His photos capture the tiniest critters without making them look like some B-movie monster, but authentic and real.
Annotation:A tour through our environmental moment and the eccentric cultural history of people and wild animals in America. The book is framed by the stories of three currently endangered species: the polar bear, the whooping crane, and the little-known Lange's metalmark butterfly.
Annotation: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.
Annotation:Go to a world of real creatures that seem as if they should be made up, that are more astonishing than anything we can imagine. Great combo of cutting-edge natural history, philosophical meditation and wit. A beautiful book to hold and read.
Annotation:There are many books on rare and endangered animals, but it's the photography that makes this book stand out. All pictures have a background of solid black or white, which makes the photo all about the animal rather than the setting. Gorgeous.
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List of some super interesting resources on the topic of strange, rare, and relic animals. Relic animals are those that have survived for millions of years almost completely unchanged-- the horseshoe crab is a good example. There are many titles on the topics of strange and rare animals, and this list contains just a few, but those herein are read and vetted by the science-girl-at-heart that I am.