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Animal Earth: The Amazing Diversity of Living Forms [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Ross Piper

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16. September 2013
Animal Earth is an unbiased tour of the animal kingdom in all its staggering diversity. Animals that most easily spring to mind the tigers, elephants, eagles and crocodiles, or perhaps amphibians, fish and even humans account for only a tiny proportion of known species. Whats more, there are estimated to be many tens of millions still unknown to science. Animal Earth highlights the bizarre appearances, hidden lives and mostly small scale of the creatures we share our planet with. The bewildering number of animal species are all offshoots from a relatively small number of lineages, all sharing a common body plan and evolutionary history. This book provides a broadly equal summary of each of these lineages, and is structured according to the latest research on the evolutionary relationships of the animals. How they all fit on the tree of life is a topic that has been debated for decades, not least because new species are being discovered and described all the time and some lesser-known lineages, such as Chaetognatha (arrow worms) and Xenoturbellida (strange worms) continue to defy classification. As humans, we are in a uniquely privileged position as the only species that can appreciate and marvel at our fellow animals. But, as this book makes plain, we are very far from being above nature we are utterly dependent on it. Every species is an integral component of the ecosystem we live in, and as intelligent beings it is our duty to protect and understand animal diversity not only for its own sake but also to maintain the natural systems that keep us and everything else alive.

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Of the 540 color illustrations in this biospecific tome, most could be confused for selections of modern art photography or graphic design, so visually arresting are the creatures here. "

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5.0 von 5 Sternen This should be an international bestseller, and a classic 13. Dezember 2013
Von Anna Tambour - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This should be an international best-seller. The problem is that the pictures are so spectacular, they overwhelm the deep thoughtfulness of the book, Piper's commentary and the purpose of the book itself: to show how interconnected we all are: the rotifer to the human with the giant brain. I especially love how the human is so closely related to the sea squirt. My sole criticism of this book is that "amazing" in the subtitle--it's been so overdone by boring presenters that I wouldn't have picked up this book if I hadn't seen it. But if "amazing" helps the book to gather notice, I'm all for it being in the subtitle.

Open the book, and it's hard to breathe, it's often so beautiful and surprising. The water bear on page 142 is, well, amazing enough, till one looks to the facing page, and sees the otherworldly, "thick-shelled, dormant water bear egg" (all common names are accompanied by their scientific ones, which help to differentiate while never getting in the way). And although the information is exhaustive, it is always conveyed with elegant simplicity, such as in "sea cucumbers use their tube feet to collect edible particles from the seabed."

I rate this as highly as I do, that classic, W. J. Dakin's _Australian Seashores_; and, in its passion and precision, Rachel Carson's monumentally beautiful and important but almost ignored, The Sea Around Us.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen So many more animals than I knew, so much more to discover 21. Dezember 2013
Von The Planetary Society - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ross Piper's Animal Earth has been a wonderful, eye-opening book to read, and not just because of its glorious color photos. It explores the full breadth of animal life on Earth, devoting chapters to each of 35 "lineages" on the family tree of kingdom Animalia. Only one of those lineaegs contains vertebrates. Yes, this enormous, beautiful, 320-page book devotes only 14 pages to Craniata. Most of the rest are varieties of life forms I’ve hardly heard of, from Acoelomorpha to Xenoturbidella, astonishing in the diverse ways that they approach the problems that face all living things: eating, excreting, and reproducing. Reading this book has made me appreciate how important it is that scientists recognize the diversity of expressions of life on Earth before we can begin to look for it elsewhere in the universe. This book can be appreciated for its pictures alone, but it's a good read, too. The text starts out a bit on the dry side, even a bit stuffy. But as I’ve continued reading the book it seems that the author’s enthusiasm for his subject has become unbound, until, by the chapter on that largest of animal groups, the arthropods, he can hardly contain his amazement and wonder at the creativity and variety of creeping, crawling, squirming, flapping, soaring, burrowing, floating, parasitizing life on Earth.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Excellent Overview of the Animal Kingdom 21. April 2014
Von Manuel Sanchez - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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1) The pictures are stunning.

2) Many of the pictures are of animals that are rarely seen in photographs.

3) The book splits the entire animal kingdom into 35 groups of equal importance—the phyla. This approach provides a manageable account of animal diversity, with at least one good look at each "province" of the kingdom. The resulting sense of completeness is well worth the price of a few oversimplifications (which are acknowledged in the text).

4) Although the text deserved better copyediting, it is accessible and full of interesting details.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very nice book 26. Dezember 2013
Von SJD - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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this book has it all, amazing photography, high quality reprints and lots of information. i bought this book for my son for christmas and he loved it. Read it cover to cover all Christmas day, astounding photos and facts! enjoy
5.0 von 5 Sternen I highly recommended this 8. Juli 2014
Von Oswens Lo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Very fascinating photos for the microscopic animals and comprehensive description of each animal lineages, I highly recommended this book
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