Strange New Species: Astonishing Discoveries of Life on Earth

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Adventure and discovery await in the depths of the oceans, on the Earth’s varied surfaces, in the vast expanse of sky, and beyond. Advanced technologies have enabled scientists to study new species in parts of the world that were once impossible to visit. Researchers estimate that between five and 100 million new species still await discovery. Strange New Species takes young readers into the field with intrepid researchers as they use everything from submarines to spaghetti strainers to find wondrous new life ...

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Overview

Adventure and discovery await in the depths of the oceans, on the Earth’s varied surfaces, in the vast expanse of sky, and beyond. Advanced technologies have enabled scientists to study new species in parts of the world that were once impossible to visit. Researchers estimate that between five and 100 million new species still await discovery. Strange New Species takes young readers into the field with intrepid researchers as they use everything from submarines to spaghetti strainers to find wondrous new life forms. Highlights include the black-headed Sagui dwarf monkey; deep-sea tubeworms, clams, and shrimp that flourish in 800ºF heat; and previously unseen microbes that survive in the oxygen-deprived mud of Mono Lake, California. Elin Kelsey’s vivid text and the book’s stunning photographs make this fascinating frontier of science both exciting and enlightening.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This colorful, photo-filled book examines the environmentally-important issue of identifying new species. Kelsey divides the book into seven sections. The first introduces the science of classification, including an explanation of current taxonomy. The next several sections examine the locations where new species are being discovered today, emphasizing the reasons why many fascinating creatures have long escaped scientific identification. This also shows the reader why conservation is important. Vivid photographs accompany these unusual examples from the rainforest, deep sea, and other extreme climates. Kelsey also notes that species are often identified from the past through new fossil discoveries. Finally, she encourages the reader to look closely at the biological world, reminding one that new discoveries of species are sometimes made even in modern cities. She also encourages the reader to consider a career in the biological sciences by including short biographies of a number of current scientists in the field. Dynamic, vibrant, and intriguing photography and page layout draw the reader easily into the fascinating world of biology. This book does an excellent job of opening one's eyes to the natural world in all of its diversity. Furthermore, it engenders a feeling of excitement in the possibilities of nature, by reminding the reader that the classification of the natural world is not finished. New discoveries are being made all of the time, and not just in exotic locations. 2005, Maple Tree Press Inc, Ages 10 to 14.
—Laura Ruttig
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-You may think there is nothing new under the sun, but Kelsey shows readers that there's a lot that is "new"-and there's plenty more out there, not yet seen and/or classified by scientists. Beginning with a captivating foreword that describes the discovery of a finger-long monkey absolutely new to science, the text then presents the Linnaean system and the role of DNA in scientific classification. Kelsey then sails through a variety of habitats, from the expanse of tropical rainforests to the tiny ecosystem of the human mouth and its teeming populations of microbial life. From dime-sized lizards to gulper fish, from orcas that prey on seals to others that eat only fish, the lively narrative provides glimpses of what is going on in the classification side of science. Boxes introduce scientists currently at work in the field and the lab, while "Hot Debate" sections present topics from endangered plants to mosquitoes that call the London Underground home. Color photos and glossy pages catch the eye, and the brief text areas are inviting to less-than-excellent readers. While not an in-depth work, this title could certainly be consulted by report writers, and it's full of tidbits to entice browsers into further investigations, and perhaps lure them into scientific careers of their own.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Despite its rather sensational title, this offering presents many species that are neither strange nor new, but are rather hitherto undiscovered by science. This cavil aside, there's a wealth of information presented, from "new" species of just about every kind of life form-including those that belong to the newly designated kingdom of Archaea-to the DNA analysis that has helped to differentiate between "old" and "new" species to the genetic manipulation that is creating genuinely new life forms. And more! It's an astoundingly busy volume, each spread illustrated with color photographs and illustrations, bright sidebars and boxes competing for attention with the primary text. Such a treatment prohibits in-depth exploration, but that's not really the point here; rather, it gives readers a kaleidoscopic view of the seemingly infinite possibilities of biological research. Quick biographical snippets on the various scientists always include their childhood interests (or lack thereof) in their chosen fields, lending a "you can do it too" enthusiasm to the whole affair. Kelsey's infectious eagerness and her eye for the kid-friendly detail may have what it takes to convert the most confirmed science-phobes. (glossary, Web sites, index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897066317
  • Publisher: Owlkids Books
  • Publication date: 9/9/2005
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 852,473
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1190L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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