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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
Richard Fortey retired from his position as senior palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in 2006. He is the author of several books, including ‘Fossils: A Key to the Past’, ‘The Hidden Landscape’ which won The Natural World Book of the Year in 1993, ‘Life: An Unauthorised Biography’, ‘Trilobite!’ and ‘The Earth: An Intimate History’ and Dry Store-room No. 1. He was elected President of the Geological Society of London for its bicentennial year of 2007, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Very well written. The way Fortey ties his narratives of travelling, descriptions of the habitats and information about the organisms keeps the book fresh from cover to cover. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shaun
I'm not an expert so I can't comment on the accuracy of the content but this is a fascinating account of survival of ancient organisms. Read morePublished 5 months ago by james
I think, that I bought an excellent book, that I expected to be in advance. I bought a lot of books, many of them of different topics,
so I cannot Review all of them within a... Read more
I bought this book as there was no DVD of the BBC programme available. I am glad there wasn't because when it was broadcast again I realised how much better the book is. Read morePublished 16 months ago by SPR47
The 'horseshoe crab' (cousin to scorpions), platypus, wollemi pine, velvet worm etc etc etc. There's a lot of info, so this is not a 'light' book, but read cover-to cover or just... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nik
I bought this item as a gift and it arrived to my door in perfect condition. it was thoroughly enjoyed by the reader and i would recommend amazon to my friends for their swift... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Helen O'Brien
The author takes the unusual but very interesting approach to evolution starting at the present and working back to determine why some plants and animals have not evolved over time... Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2013 by G.I.Forbes