Why have creatures evolved as they are? Which species are most successful? Where do humans fit in?
Join Christopher Lloyd on an exhilarating journey, from the birth of life to the present day, as he seeks answers to these fundamental questions through the extraordinary stories of 100 of the most successful species ever to have lived
Along the way, take in lively biographies of fifty of the most successful species that have evolved in the wild from slime moulds and sea scorpions to dragonflies and dung beetles followed by fifty species that have thrived as a result of man’s interference from dogs,cats and chickens to wheat, coffee and bananas.
The 100 species are finally ranked in order of their overall impact on the planet, life and people, revealing the ongoing struggle between the forces of nature and the mind of mankind, and our pivotal relationship with the Earth itself – past, present and future.
i really like this book, it gives an excellent well researched account of 100 totally different species. Whilst it is always possible to dispute the selection or ranking I think the author did an excellent job of covering the breadth of life and justifying the selection of each species. The accounts were well judged, succinct enough to remain interesting yet detailed enough to be informative. The pictures and sketches also make it a beautiful book.