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Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Soooo interesting

    I read the first chapter at work and it is amazing. I was telling everyone what I learned. I love this stuff, I'm thinking about getting his other books now too

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    It can be taken as certain that every organism alive today can p

    It can be taken as certain that every organism alive today can potentially be found represented in the fossil record by the remains of the identical or nearly identical species. Hence, in some sense, all living things are "living fossils." Thus, the central theme of Fortey's Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms is an oxymoron. This point does not evade Fortey any more than it evaded Darwin who was also aware of the phrases absurdity.
    Like much else in natural science, the term "living fossil" is, in fact, shorthand for "organisms found alive today whose remains can be found in nearly identical form in the fossil record of many millions of years ago." As a subset of that definition Fortey, himself, suggests "true living fossils" as those organisms well-known in the fossil record and eventually discovered to be still alive and well in historical times - in that order. Fortey doesn't let the ambiguity of the term stop him however. After quickly dismissing the issue, he launches into a world-wide tour of several dozen examples, "true" or not.
    Fortey's text deals with many more organisms than just horseshoe crabs and velvet worms. The prize-winning author of several other paleontological popular works such as Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution, Fortey writes in a distinctive and engaging style, if a bit peripatetic. Obviously in great command of his subject, the author often jerks the less-informed reader about as he grabs relevant (to him) examples out of thin air. Most of the book is spent describing the anatomy, physiology and ecology of one after another of both plant and animal "living fossils" Deeper analysis of the evolutionary significance of these sort-of-special organisms is reserved for the last chapter in which Fortey hesitatingly ascribes the survival of these "living fossils" not necessarily to any specific, common advantageous characteristic of the group, but simply to luck - being at the right place through geologic time.
    The ebook that is reviewed here is subject to a common limitation of electronic text media - all of the illustrations are addendum at the end of the book instead of being integrated into the text. Given Fortey's poetic and effusive writing this is a constant annoyance.
    Richard R. Pardi Environmental Science William Paterson University

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    It's Not Really a Crab and Here Way before Our Ancestors

    A thoroughly engaging and light-hearted description of the animals of the title. It transforms the reader into an armchair naturalist. It is like having a section of the American Museum of Natural history put into one's livingroom.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Bio den

    The biography aka description place:
    Example: ~~~Silverstar: age-32 moons. Gender-female. Appearance: a silvery shecat with blue eyes. Mate: Windwing but hes gone... kits- songkit mysticalkit and swiftkit but theyre all gone too :( . History: she left HorseClan (the old one) when she had to leave(aka die but starclan granted her life) and has come back to rebuild.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Hawkkit

    Okay

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Emeraldsea

    She padded i and went up to Maplejay. "I need t talk t u. I would like to help out with the medicine cat duties since my paws are still sore from when i sprained them. May i help u out?" (I want to be like a mix between brightheart and briarlight.) ~€~

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Maplejay

    Yes I lik eyour pun, and I'm not going to be on tonight. Last night I wasnt really in a normal happy hyper mood.and tonight I'm not feeling to hot again :/

    •Maplejay•••

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Medicine Den

    On the outskirts of camp, was a small pond. Beyond it was a grove of oak trees, with branches low to the ground, good for placeing herbs on. It was shielded by a rock wall behind it. ~Windwing

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Where is it?

    As Barnes and Noble has failed to deliver this gift in several weeks, I have no idea what my friend thought of it.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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