Survivors by Richard Fortey
Outstanding natural history book from one of the great men of our time – superb author, important palaeologist, good TV presenter. This book relates to the TV series of the same name, which was a good watch. The book begins with the horseshoe crab, then goes backwards into Precambrian time to look at a series of animals that have lasted through some or even all of Earth’s major mass extinctions; then the tale goes forward to our own epoch, looking at various plants and animals. Beautifully written and endlessly fascinating.