`Relics' can be an absolute education and for just the photographs alone can create an interest in the very young who enjoy the "creepy" realism. Those captivated by biology and in nature would appreciate the concentrated information given in the text. The photos are done in splendid colour with exquisite close-ups. In a sense they are not what one could call beautiful, but they are superb in their intensity and realism that pops off of the page. The photographs are more daunting in some instances than any Hollywood special effects or make-up person could dream of creating. Among the subjects covered are; the unexpected in New Guinea, travels in New Zealand, a mother's care, South Africa, the rain queen's garden, Atewa, Guiana shield, Notoptera, the ocean, in the sagebrush and the Estabrook Woods. Most amazing is the section on the Atlantic horseshoe crab on the New Jersey shore. These pictures of the horseshoe crabs emerging from and in the surf are some of the most astonishing naturalist photos I have seen in my life.
The information in the text covers the natural world in these remarkable spots...the arachnids that can be traced back 300 million years and not to be forgotten amongst all of the living creatures is the ginkgo. There are interesting notes at the end of the book to give more information and a detailed index. This is both a coffee table book and a text on the living fossils and natural surroundings of the wilds of this earth.
This is a book for even the young - potential biologists and naturalists and of course anyone else interested in that world or the realms of naturalist photography.