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There is no way I can effectively review Richard Fortey’s Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind; but I can recommend it with gusto to those who have a bit of science in their background.  It was originally published in Great Britain as Survivors, so this should tell you something of the mind-set at Alfred A. Knoph in the United States.

The sweep of time in the book is beyond calibration by the human mind.  We don’t know what the bacteria and archaea are capable of, at least Fortey does not speculate.  I have a feeling that for those who are prepared to understand far more than I, they too will be enlightened and delighted.  Charles Marlin

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