The Species Seekers
Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth
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"This beautifully written book has the verve of an adventure story." —Wall Street Journal
From the mid-eighteenth century to the early twentieth, a colorful band of amateur naturalists explored the most perilous corners of the planet to discover new life-forms. Amid globe-spanning tales of adventure, Richard Conniff recounts a dramatic historical shift, as humans finally discovered the pantheon of life on Earth-and our place within it.
Praise For The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth…
— Outside Magazine
An enduring story bursting at the seams with intriguing, fantastical and disturbing anecdotes.
— New Scientist
[Conniff] chronicles two centuries of adventure, and at the same time illustrates important developments in human thought.
— Christian Science Monitor
A swashbuckling romp…brilliantly evokes that just-before Darwin era.
— BBC Focus
[Conniff’s] enthusiasm for his subject and admiration of these explorers is infectious…an entertaining survey.
— Kirkus Reviews
[This] history of the ‘great age of discovery’ is spellbinding.
— Publishers Weekly
Modern biology and medicine would not be what they are today if not for the death-defying naturalists who set out to travel the world and find new species. In The Species Seekers, Richard Conniff creates a marvelous rogues’ gallery of these brave, sometimes reckless heroes of taxonomy, full of surprising tales of gorillas, platypuses, and disease-laden mosquitoes.
— Carl Zimmer, author of Parasite Rex
A marvelous tribute to the age of wonder.
— Bernd Heinrich, author of The Nesting Season
W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393341324, 464pp.
Publication Date: November 7, 2011