“Relics is an exciting, adventure-filled, and scientifically important presentation by one of the world's best naturalists and photographers.”
—E. O. Wilson
“This book is smart yet easy to understand, funny yet sobering. Truly a wakeup call to save what's left, while there's still time. In pages bound by both conscience and a plausible anxiety about what's coming next if we don't change our destructive ways, Naskrecki shares discoveries from decades spent combing the planet. Here are amazing stories that not only entertain, but also can save the Earth. Now it's up to all of us to listen.”
—Joel Sartore, contributing photographer, National Geographic Magazine
Travels in Nature’s Time Machine
|Publication Date: November 15, 2011 ||$45.00 • £29.00 |
|International publication date: December 19, 2011 ||978-0-226-56870-6 (cloth) |
This book is an invitation—a unique invitation to peer into the vast, dizzying recesses of deep time, to see the ancient, pre-human world, as it still exists, remarkably, in our own era. Acclaimed wildlife photographer and scientist Piotr Naskrecki has traversed the globe to bring readers stunning photos of what he has named “relics”—creatures and habitats that have existed, essentially unchanged, for millennia. From the fearsome armor of the horseshoe crab to the delicate elegance of the katydid, the baleful eye of the Papuan Forest Dragon to sweeping glory of majestic magnolias, Naskrecki presents these relics in their settings, revealing the traces of the ancient Earth hidden all around us. His words-and-pictures portrait will forever change the way we see the world, and the way we understand our place in the long, long history of life on our planet.
Piotr Naskrecki is an entomologist and a research associate with the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. He is the author of The Smaller Majority. He is available for interviews.