Nature Strange and Beautiful (Hardcover)

How Living Beings Evolved and Made the Earth a Home

By Egbert Giles Leigh, Jr., Christian Ziegler

Yale University Press, 9780300244625, 304pp.

Publication Date: August 20, 2019

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About the Author

Egbert Giles Leigh, Jr., is a biologist for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and has resided on Barro Colorado Island in Panama as the staff scientist since 1972. Christian Ziegler is a celebrated nature photographer whose work focuses on ecologically oriented themes.


Praise For Nature Strange and Beautiful: How Living Beings Evolved and Made the Earth a Home

“A truly fine piece of work, one that should be on the reading list of all students and practitioners of evolutionary biology.”—Geerat J. Vermeij, author of The Evolutionary World: How Adaptation Explains Everything from Shells to Civilization

"Nature Strange and Beautiful is an exceptionally comprehensive and clear portrait of the origin and functioning of ecological communities, founded on Egbert Leigh’s career in tropical biology. The photographs by Christian Ziegler and other detailed drawings add to the book’s richness and appeal."—Douglas Futuyma, Stony Brook University

“Not just a linear narrative of evolutionary history – but a wonderful walk through the world. Leigh demonstrates how the evolutionary lens enriches all of human experience and deepens our appreciation for the strange and beautiful world in which we live.”—Noel Michele Holbrook, Harvard University