Evolutionary biologist Christopher Wills—author of the The Runaway Brain and the Aventis Prize finalist Children of Prometheus: The Accelerating Pace of Human Evolution—here takes us on a series of photo-illustrated adventures that demonstrate how ecology and evolution have created the world we live in. Some of these, like his scuba dives in Indonesia's ecologically diverse Lembeh Strait or his encounter with a wolf cub in western Mongolia, might have occurred to any reasonably intrepid traveller. Others, like his experience of being hammered by a severe earthquake off the island of Yap while filming manta rays in 60 feet of water, stand far outside the ordinary, and Wills relates them in an engaging style.
"Wills ... offers an armchair world ecotour to the nth degree.... Chock-full of wonderful photographs, this book is strongly recommended for readers seeking insight into their world and the ecological places they visit."—Library Journal