My internet acquaintance Ross Piper had a copy of his new book sent to me and it’s exactly what I’d expect from him.
This book takes you through EVERY phylum in the animal kingdom with gorgeous illustrations and seldom-seen photographs.
Things 90% of people have probably never heard of in their lives, and that might be a conservative estimate.
Want to know just how perfect a cross-section this single book offers of the Animalia?
Between my fingers, here, after the Siphonophores and before the Peanut Worms, is the book’s ENTIRE section on vertebrates.
Animals with skeletons occupy about as much of this book as they represent the actual diversity of Earth’s animal life.
Even Arthropods aren’t given a much larger section, because while they could easily fill entire books themselves, they already do. People generally know what insects and arachnids are, and you can find plenty about them.
"Animal Earth" gives the rest of the world’s animals a spotlight. No phylum is reduced to a single footnote or graph as it would be in countless other texts.
It’s only around $30.
PUT IT ON YOUR KRAMPUS WISH LIST
In a perfect world, every child would get to thumb through this book as their true introduction to what the word “animal” means.