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'Fortey is one of the world's most acclaimed natural history writers.' Tim Flannery, New York Review of Books '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 'Dazzling!.Richard Fortey is without peer amongst science writers.' Bill Bryson "a pleasure to read!erudite and engaging" TLS


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An awe-inspiring journey through the eons and across the globe, in search of visible traces of evolution in the living creatures which have survived from earlier times and whose stories speak to us of seminal events in the history of life.

The history of life on Earth is far older – and far odder – than many of us realise. In ‘Survivors’, acclaimed author Richard Fortey traces this history not through fossil records, but in the living stories of organisms that have survived nearly unchanged for hundreds of millions of years and whose existence today affords us tantalising glimpses of landscapes long vanished.

For evolution has not obliterated its tracks. Scattered across the globe, strange and marvellous plants and animals have survived virtually unchanged since life first began. They range from humble algal mats dating back almost two billion years to hardy musk oxen, which linger as the last vestiges of Ice Age fauna.

Following in Fortey’s questing footsteps, ‘Survivors’ takes us on a fascinating journey to these ancient worlds. On a moonlit beach in Delaware where the horseshoe crab shuffles its way through a violent romance, we catch a glimpse of life 450 million years ago, shortly after it diversified on the ocean floor. Along a stretch of Australian coastline, we bear witness to the sights and sounds that would have greeted a Precambrian dawn. Finally, in the dense rainforests of New Zealand where the secretive velvet worm burrows into the rotting timber of the jungle floor, we marvel at a living fossil which has survived unchanged since before the dissolution of the Gondwana supercontinent.

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.


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  • Dateigröße: 51170 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperPress (1. September 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005H0NVVS
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HASH(0xa1312ed0) von 5 Sternen another fine story from Prof Fortey 25. März 2014
Von Dr. John N. Hooper - Veröffentlicht auf
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Like his previous books Trilobite, Earth and (my favorite) Dry Storeroom Number 1 (amongst others), Richard Fortey makes natural history engaging and even amusing, without compromising factual accuracy. Impatiently waiting for the next one!
HASH(0x9fc411b0) von 5 Sternen Ancient life and evolution for both general public and those with some science 4. Juli 2015
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All the book about science by Fortey are well researched, written for both general public and those with some science. This is no exception!!
Entertaining, informative, and a good book to pass around to your family and friends.
HASH(0x9fc41090) von 5 Sternen Four Stars 21. Januar 2015
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Interesting presentation of material previously unfamiliar to me.
4 von 50 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
HASH(0x9fed0454) von 5 Sternen Didn't even get through the Sample version 27. August 2012
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I've always been interested in so called "living fossils" and having read a few books on this topic before, Amazon suggested this book to me. I downloaded the sample version onto my Kindle and began reading.

Unfortunately I didn't even get through the sample before I decided this book isn't worth reading. As I read the book I was put off by the style. The author, Fortey starts the book with narrative about traveling to a gathering in Delaware where people are going to research the mating of horseshoe crabs. While learning about the crabs I was interested but when Fortey attempts to set the scene and moves away from information and towards the more narrative elements I felt the book struggled.

All of the sudden though, 10 pages into the book, I ran into the brick wall and refused to read further. The following is an excerpt from the book:

"Delaware car number plates bear the legend "the first state" acknowledging the fact that it was the first to sign up for the Declaration of Independence."

Delaware was however, not the first state to "sign up" for the Declaration of Independence. All 13 colonies resolved that they would declare independence on July 2nd, 1776, and then two days later, all 13 approved the wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. All states approved both measures at the same exact time, Delaware was in no way first.

The reason why Delaware is called the first state is because on December 7th, 1787 Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution.

Now I know this is not a history book, but the author felt compelled to include this information for some reason in a book about living fossils and unfortunately this information absolutely incorrect. A simple google search or a cursory look through a third grade textbook would have prevented such an error. The fact that this ridiculously incorrect fact has somehow made it through the review process shows the quality of said process.

If an error like that exists right in the front of the sample copy of a book, you can be damn sure I'm not going to pay to buy the full edition. If the book contains that mistake, who knows how many more it contains?
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