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The Smaller Majority

The Smaller Majority

by Piotr NaskreckiPiotr Naskrecki


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Smaller, on average, than a human finger, creatures climbing, scampering, and flying out of sight make up 99 percent of all animal life visible to the naked eye. This is the “smaller majority” that we meet eye-to-eye, often for the first time and certainly as never before, in Piotr Naskrecki’s spectacular book. A large-format volume of over 400 exquisite, full-color photographs, some depicting animals never before captured with a camera, The Smaller Majority takes us on a visual journey into the remote world of organisms that, however little known, overlooked, or even reviled, are critical to the biodiversity of the tropics, and to the life of our planet.
Here are the species who truly dominate the tropics, both in terms of their diversity and the ecological functions they play: invertebrates such as insects, arachnids, or flatworms, but also little-known vertebrates such as the pygmy chameleons of Madagascar or legless, underground frog kin known as caecilians; here is behavior never before documented, as in katydids preying upon one another, photographed in places few have visited. Using pioneering camera techniques that allow us to see the world of these creatures from their point of view, the book exposes the environment in which they live, the threats they face, and the devastating impact their disappearance may have. A unique introduction to the marvelous variety of the overlooked life under our feet, Naskrecki’s book returns us to a child’s sense of wonder with a fully informed, deeply felt understanding of the importance of so much of the world’s smaller, teeming life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674025622
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 10/31/2007
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Piotr Naskrecki is an Associate in Entomology at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Table of Contents

  • Prologue: How I Discovered the Smaller Majority
  • Tropical Humid Forests
  • Savannas
  • Deserts
  • Epilogue: New Life
  • Photographing the Smaller Majority
  • Resources
  • Acknowledgments
  • Species Index

What People are Saying About This

Frans Lanting

Piotr Naskrecki is a master at portraying miniature worlds. He combines two skills that are rarely found in one person: as a conservation biologist, he can speak about his subjects with authority and conviction; as a photographer, he makes them come alive with astonishing close-ups. This book is a treasure house of images and information about a world most of us are barely aware of.
Frans Lanting, photographer-in-residence, National Geographic Society, and author of Jungles and Eye to Eye

Edward O. Wilson

The Smaller Majority represents the best kind of nature writing: by a scientific expert of the subject, beautifully illustrated, and with striking, original examples.

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