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Extreme Survivors: Animals That Time Forgot

Extreme Survivors: Animals That Time Forgot

What do the horseshoe crab, chambered nautilus, goblin shark, tuatara lizard, velvet worm, lungfish, tadpole shrimp, and the indestructible beasts called tardigrades (which look like bears but are the size of the period at the end of a sentence) have in common

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ISBN 9780884485001
Barcode 9780884485001
Published 1 July 2019
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Ridley, Kimberly
Series How Nature Works (part: 0)
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ISBN-13 9780884485001
ISBN-10 0884485005
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Tilbury House,U.S.
Publication Date 1 July 2019
International Publication Date 21 November 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Ridley, Kimberly
Series How Nature Works (part: 0)
Category Biology, Life Sciences
Dinosaurs & The Prehistoric World
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 48
Dimensions Width: 208mm
Height: 262mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 430g
Interest Age 5-12 years
Reading Age 5-12 years
Library of Congress Natural selection, Living fossils
NBS Text School Textbooks & Study Guides: Maths, Science & Technical
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 591.3
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Award-winning author Kimberly Ridley presents Extreme Survivors: Animals that Time Forgot, a hardcover nonfiction title introducing young readers to strange and wondrous animal species that have avoided extinction for millions of years. Since they closely resemble their ancestors, they offer modern scientists clues to what life was like in the distant past. Striking, full-color photography offers an up-close and personal glimpse of animals such as the lungfish, the microscopic tardigrade, the chambered nautilus, the ferocious goblin shark, the New Zealand tuatara (closest living cousin of the dinosaurs), and much more. Highly recommended, especially for school and public library children's nonfiction collections. -- Diane Donovan, Editor - Children's Book Watch Ten creatures that make the dinosaurs look like newcomers. Properly noting that evolution works continuously on all life, Ridley profiles multicelled animals that have nonetheless really withstood the test of time without major alteration. These include the lizardlike tuatara (200 million years), the hardy lungfish (300 million years), sponges (600 million years), and possibly even more ancient comb jellies: among the earliest animals to have...a butt. Winning close-ups of a roly-poly tardigrade (530 million years) and luridly snaggle-toothed goblin sharks (125 million years) lead off a spectacular suite of photos to which the author adds pithy descriptive comments and reflections on evolutionary processes, plus insights into just how these survivalists might have endured when 99 percent of all other life forms have gone extinct. Humans (200,000 years), represented here by a picture of a racially diverse group of children, are a long way from demonstrating similar longevity. Perspective-building intros to some of our most ancient relatives. (timeline, summary facts, glossary, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-13) -- Kirkus

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Author's Bio

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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