Through the long ages since life began on this planet, plants and animals have evolved, their forms changing with the changing conditions of their world. But not all forms of life have undergone such change. Some have survived, forgotten by time. These are the living fossils, subjects of this fascinating and instructive book.
As strange as the duck-billed platypus and the armadillo, as familiar as the cockroach and the gingko tree, these living fossils were old when the dinosaurs appeared. Like boulders in the swift-running stream of time, they serve to mark its passage.
Robert Silverberg has told their story skillfully, weaving description and history into an account that illuminates the whole tale of the evolution of life. Leonard Everett Fisher's striking illustrations make both the exotic and the commonplace living fossils dramatic. This unusual book brings the young naturalist a new and exciting understanding of the world around him.