From Library Journal
The authors (The Emergence of Animals: The Cambrian Breakthrough, Columbia Univ. Pr., 1990) claim that an association exists among terrestrial organisms to the extent that their body fluids commingle and that this connectedness forms a sea through which other organisms (symbionts) and nutrients can move. Authoritative, up-to-date research results are recounted from the areas of paleontology, ecology, physiology, embryology, and evolution to corroborate this radical vision of life. A convincingly clear and upbeat style drives home "hypersea" as both a proposed scientific theory with testable hypotheses and a philosophical viewpoint providing a novel perspective on our living world. Continuing in the symbiogenetics vein of Lynn Margulis and Dorian Sagan's Microcosmos (LJ 1/3/87), this book will spur controversy and is essential reading for the science buff as well as the specialist. Highly recommended.Frank Reiser, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
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This isn't just another scientific survey of life's movement from sea to land: it provides a different interpretation of how live has evolved from calm to harsher environments, considering life's need to evolve more complex relationships in order to sustain itself beyond its simple beginnings. The advanced and detailed science within lends to college-level reading. -- Midwest Book Review