The Oldest Living Things in the World

The Oldest Living Things in the World

Book - 2014
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Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780226057507
022605750X
Branch Call Number: 571.87902 SU825O 2014
Characteristics: xxxiii, 269 pages : color illustrations ; 27 x 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Zimmer, Carl 1966-
Obrist, Hans Ulrich

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stephaniedchase
Mar 02, 2017

The photos, of course, are beautiful and intriguing, but so are the accompanying essays, which shed light on the "things" and, particularly interesting, how their ages are known.

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wyenotgo
Sep 01, 2015

A magnificent book, combining aspects of travel, exploration, natural history and the celebration of life on this fantastic planet that we've just begun to understand. One of the themes that leapt out at me was how often those life forms that have survived the longest do so in some of the most hostile and unforgiving locales -- total deserts, arctic permafrost, ocean depths. Almost every page of the book reveals new insights, surprising vistas, impressive life strategies and adaptations that have enabled creatures to thrive over thousands of years while seemingly more sophisticated animals and plants died and were replaced by offspring or disappeared altogether. Sussman's patter about her personal adventures are a bit trivial (one can skip over most of it without missing much) but her survey of geologic time and taxonomy of life on Earth are very well done. And the photographs are stunning!

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Frybyte
Mar 26, 2015

Disappointing, both the images and the text.
The concept/title caught my attention but the book itself seems just another coffee table book.
Sigh

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athena14
Mar 25, 2015

Photos of truly amazing plants.

Two criticisms: the font is tiny and the book weighs about 5 pounds. Exhausting for this older reader.

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