- Tapa dura: 96 páginas
- Editor: Firefly Books Ltd (1 de marzo de 2003)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1552977277
- ISBN-13: 978-1552977279
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The Wild World of the Future (Inglés) Tapa dura – 1 mar 2003
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With the help of amazing computer simulations, a companion book to the 2003 Animal Planet series looks at the latest in evolutionary theory--an imaginative and intriguing view of animals in a post-human world who have adapted to massive climate and geological changes. Simultaneous.
Biografía del autor
Claire Pye is an author and editor of non-fiction books for children and adults covering subjects as diverse as healthy eating, computers, sharks and dinosaurs. Before writing The Wild World of the Future for children, she edited the adult version of the book, entitled The Future is Wild.
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From his love of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, he already had a good understanding of evolution and of change on this scale. The idea of taking it into the future is a fantastic one. He understands that these are just ideas, that these are not animals certain to live.
He absolutely loves it. He is always creating the creatures with his legos or making them from all sorts of odds and ends around the house. He also creates other creatures and discusses what their adaptations are and why and how they work. It is great for his imagination as well as his understanding of some scientific principles. We've read the book many times and he really wants a copy of the DVD series.
This is the book my eldest son, now 7, has enjoyed the most. It is not only imaginative but also true to the evolutionary trends observed in our fossil history. This book is thought-provoking and therein readers may find its value. The mostly computer-based illustrations are detailed and realistic, which adds to the reading experience.
There is also a DVD series, btw!
The author, Claire Pye, starts out with an introduction to plate tectonics, evolution, and the major habitats of today's world. This, unfortunately, is probably the only feasible part of the book.
The second section explores how the world might look in 5 million years. They imagine that the Polar Ice will advance again to cover about the same area that it did during the last Ice Age. This, of course, is unlikely to happen in a span of 5 million years, as it took about 40 million years for the last Ice age to reach that point. The Mediterranean Sea has turned into a vast salt flat, the middle of North America has become a desert, and the Amazon Rainforest has become hot, dry grassland.
The Fauna that they exhibit for this time period is not quite as unlikely as the rest of the book, but I have to take issue with one species: The 'Gannetwhale'.
Gannetwhales are large birds that have evolved to suit the place of the seals and sea lions. however, this is one of the many examples of creatures evolving too quickly.
If as their name suggests, they evolved from gannets, I doubt that the change from small, flying seabird to huge, ungainly gannetwhale could not happen in less than 10 million years.
The other creatures are mostly about as unlikely as the Gannetwhale. 100 million years from now, Mammals are almost completely extinct, and the major predators are wasps the size of seagulls which would obviously implode in our gravity.
200 million years in the future is, in my opinion the worst. All advanced species of vertebrate have died out. The major herbivores here are giant terrestrial Squid and hopping snails the size of rabbits, and the Birds have been replaced by 'Flish'.
A word about Flish. According to Claire Pye, Fish have somehow managed to come out of the water (without reevolving legs), have evolved nostrils, and have been able to fly using overgrown fins, all in about 50 million years.
One species, the Ocean Flish, has a pair of jaws that shoot out of its "beak".
Needless to say, this book is only plausible to the young reader or the person with no understanding of evolution, natural selection, and survival of the fittest.
However, for what it's worth, the pictures are interesting.