By Ridley, Kimberly
These and a very few other animals are extreme survivors. All of them have been around at least 125 million years, surviving mass extinctions like the one that ended the dinosaurs.Evolution may have altered their physiology through the eons, but not their appearance.More than 99 ...percent of all life forms have gone extinct during the 3.6-billion-year history of life on Earth. How have these living fossils these living links with Earth s prehistoric past survived? The search for answers is leading scientists to amazing discoveries not only about the past, but also the future and providing vital clues to how life on Earth evolved.The survival secrets of these ancient creatures could lead to new medicines and treatments for disease.Read more
Science writer Kimberly Ridley is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for children. Her joy is sharing her love of nature and writing with children through her books and school visits. Kimberly's picture books, The Secret Pool (Kirkus starred review) and The Secret Bay, have received honors including Riverby Awards from the John Burroughs Association for outstanding natural history books for young people. Her newest book is Extreme Survivors: Animals That Time Forgot. A former magazine editor, Kimberly has written for publications including The Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, and Downeast Magazine. She holds an MS in Science Journalism.
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