The Earth is full of life. From the tiniest microbes to the biggest whales, more than 2 million species call our blue-green planet home. This mind-boggling variety of life is known as biodiversity. But did you know that all living things - from trees to toadstools, from tigers to tiny bacteria and humans too - are part of the same family tree? This giant family tree is known as the 'tree of life' It shows how all living things are related to one another, and to the creatures that roamed our planet in the past. Sometimes it reveals big surprises! For example, did you know that crocodiles and alligators are more closely related to birds than they are to lizards? Or that your ancient ancestors include fish?
In this book you will explore some of the biggest branches of the tree of life and meet some of Earth's most fascinating living things. Every species is unique. Every species is important. We are all part of the same family tree.
This is the kind of book, as a kid, we'd get lost in. Gorgeous full-colour illustrations (by Sara Gillingham) and fascinating facts (from Isabel Thomas) burst out of every page. It's a proper hardback reference that'll top your brain up forever - there's even a beautiful illustration of the tree of life in the inside of the dust jacket.
Size: 203 x 229mm