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Living Fossils: Survivors from Earth's Distant Past

By: Rebecca E. Hirsch

In the history of life on this planet, 99.9 percent of all species have gone extinct. But a few have survived almost unchanged. Author Rebecca E. Hirsch introduces readers to six living fossils, including the chambered nautilus, the horseshoe crab with its sticky blue blood, and venomous platypuses that sting, as well as a comprehensive explanation of evolution and extinction for readers who may not be familiar with the terms yet. Readers will also discover a a spectacular timeline of the history of animal life on Earth. Dive into the stories of these incredible animals and find out how they help scientists piece together evolutionary history.

Author’s note. Source notes. Glossary. Resources. Selected
bibliography. Index. Full-color photographs.

ISBN: 9781541581272

JLG Release: Nov 2020


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Topics: Living fossils , Animal fossils , Evolution , Animal adaptation , Animal behavior and characteristics

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Gr 4-8–Life on Earth has existed for nearly 3.5 billion years, but 99.9 percent of the species that have ever lived have gone extinct. Six of these living fossils are described in engaging, easy-to-read, and beautifully illustrated chapters. These living fossils include horseshoe crabs, which climb ashore from their deep-sea habitat to lay thousa Gr 4-8–Life on Earth has existed for nearly 3.5 billion years, but 99.9 percent of the species that have ever lived have gone extinct. Six of these living fossils are described in engaging, easy-to-read, and beautifully illustrated chapters. These living fossils include horseshoe crabs, which climb ashore from their deep-sea habitat to lay thousands of eggs from Florida to Maine; the West African lungfish, which has a dual system of gills and lungs; and the tuatara lizard of New Zealand, which can slow its heart to seven beats an hour and live to at least 100 years. Full-color drawings, charts, and photographs spotlight these living fossils, their fragile habitats, and the scientists who study them. A time line details the history of life on Earth. A glossary, an index, sources, and websites are included. VERDICT Recommended for all libraries. This illustrated title is a fascinating overview of animals that are the last or almost the last of their kind within the context of evolution and extinction.–Frances E. ­Millhouser, ­formerly at Fairfax County P.L., VA

Book Details

ISBN

9781541581272

First Release

November 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

591.3

Trim Size

10 5/8" x 8 7/8"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition

Publisher

Millbrook Press

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Living fossils, Animal fossils, Evolution, Animal adaptation, Animal behavior and characteristics,

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