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Animal Earth: The Amazing Diversity of Living Forms (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 16. September 2013

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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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Ross Piper, PhD, is a zoologist and writer based in the United Kingdom. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.


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Auch als Diplombiologe fand ich in diesem faszinierenden Buch viele neue Informationen. Gerade für Biologen ist das Konzept, alle Tierstämme gleichberechtigt, mit in etwa der gleichen Menge an Daten und Bildern, vorzustellen ein Augenöffner. Als Laie sollte man allerdings einige Grundlagen mitbringen, um den Text zu verstehen; aber jeder kann die vielen großartigen Fotos genießen.
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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
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
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
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
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 Astonishing images and prose; a singular achievement. 28. Oktober 2015
Von Saganite - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This book is an astonishment in every way that matters, but starting with the simple fact that vertebrates are not the star of the show, finally letting the other "endless forms most beautiful" their due stage time. And what forms they are. Crazy, graceful, spiky and spiny, fluffy, puffy, bulbous, blobby, flabby, serpentine. In every hue, including pastels and neons. That's the photography. The writing maintains a nice scientific rigor--I especially liked that birds were referred as what they simply are, extant fluffy dinosaurs--and is seasoned wisely with throwaway colloquialisms that help keep the reading brisk and accessible. Animal Earth, more than any other book I've seen in recent memory, reignite fascination with the other animals we share this planet with. I cannot recommend it highly enough. A singular achievement.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Zoologist recommended 21. Februar 2014
Von Wakita46 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I got my PhD in Zoology in 1982 and I was curious about the latest thoughts on the many odd phyla and the relationships between phyla, especially in regards to info that has been gained by DNA evidence. I read the entire book just for fun and it seemed accurate to me. The photography is stunning and the price of the book is quite a bit less than all the graduate level zoology textbooks I have seen. The title is slightly off, however, as you can see from the picture that the title says the "The Amazing Diversity of Living Creatures". Curious that they changed the name Pogonophorans to Siboglinids with no cross reference. It used to be a phylum but is now in the Annelida.
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