Survivors; The Animals and Plants that Time Has Left Behind
'A true delight: full of awe-inspiring details... the book blends travel, history, reportage and science to create an unforgettable picture of our ancient earth.' Sunday Times
The history of life on Earth is far older and far odder than many of us realise. The author traces this history not through fossil records, but in the living stories of organisms, such as the horseshoe crab and the velvet worm that have survived nearly unchanged for hundreds of millions of years and whose existence today affords us tantalising glimpses of landscapes long vanished.
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.
Utterly compelling, eye-opening and awe-inspiring, this is a book for anyone with an interest in evolution, in nature, in the remarkable scope of geological time and our own modest interaction with it - in short, in life itself.