Win a Copy of 'Relics': A Gorgeous New Photo Book About Creatures That Have Existed for Millennia

Win a Copy of 'Relics': A Gorgeous New Photo Book About Creatures That Have Existed for Millennia

Scientist and photographer Piotr Naskrecki reveals the traces of the ancient earth hidden all around us.

By the Audubon Editors
Published: 02/03/2012


We've teamed up with the University of Chicago Press to give away 10 copies of Relics: Travels in Nature's Time Machine, by Piotr Naskrecki; each winner will also receive one print of their choice from the hundreds in the book. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below, and be sure to include a viable email address (it won't show up on the page). The official rules are below. The contest ends at midnight, Sunday, February 12, 2012. In the meantime, here's a little about the book. Click on the image above to see a slideshow of these stunning images.


On many nights in May and June, if you stand on the right beaches of America's East Coast, you can travel back in time all the way to the Jurassic. For as you watch, thousands of horseshoe crabs will emerge from the foam and scuttle up the beach to their spawning grounds, as they've done, nearly unchanged, for more than 440 million years.

Horseshoe crabs are far from the only contemporary manifestation of Earth's distant past, and in Relics, world-renowned zoologist and photographer Piotr Naskrecki leads readers on an unbelievable journey through those lingering traces of a lost world. With camera in hand, he travels the globe to create a words-and-pictures portrait of our planet like no other, a time-lapse tour that renders Earth's colossal age comprehensible, visible in creatures and habitats that have persisted, nearly untouched, for hundreds of millions of years.

Naskrecki begins by defining the concept of a relic--a creature or habitat that, while acted upon by evolution, remains remarkably similar to its earliest manifestations in the fossil record. Then he pulls back the Cambrian curtain to reveal relic after eye-popping relic: katydids, ancient reptiles, horsetail ferns, majestic magnolias, and more, all depicted through stunning photographs and first-person accounts of Naskrecki's time studying them and watching their interactions in their natural habitats. Then he turns to the habitats themselves, traveling to such remote locations as the Atewa Plateau of Africa, the highlands of Papua New Guinea, and the lush forests of the Guyana Shield of South America--a group of relatively untrammeled ecosystems that are the current end point of staggeringly long, uninterrupted histories that have made them our best entryway to understanding what the prehuman world looked, felt, sounded, and even smelled like.

The stories and images of Earth's past assembled in Relics are beautiful, breathtaking, and unmooring, plunging the reader into the hitherto incomprehensible reaches of deep time. We emerge changed, astonished by the unbroken skein of life on Earth and attentive to the hidden heritage of our planet's past that surrounds us. 


Relics: Travels in Nature's Time Machine, by Piotr Naskrecki, The University of Chicago Press, 2011.




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3) The "Piotr Naskrecki/Relics Giveaway" ("Contest") is open from 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") on February 6, 2012 through 11:59 p.m. ET on February 12, 2012;

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Some interesting species and

Some interesting species and great images.

My students would love this book!

My middle-school exploratory class on nature and the environment just watched that great PBS video on horseshoe crabs and Red Knots -- my students would LOVE this book. Oh, and we eBird! [Class and individual students in the top 50 for our SoCal county.]

Fantastic looking book ...

Fantastic looking book ...

I can't wait to see this

I can't wait to see this beautiful book.

please enter me

What a beautiful book. I would love to win one.

What a beautiful book, would

What a beautiful book, would love to win one.


Fantastic photos! What a rare privilege to be able to see such beautiful creatures up close, in pictures if not in person.

What a beautiful book. There

What a beautiful book. There are going to be 10 very lucky people, and I'm hoping I'll be one them! Thank you, Audubon.


Very intriguing!

Relics book

I would love to win a copy of this book. Growing up in Tampa, FL I used to watch the horseshoe crabs come ashore along the Courtney Cambell Beach at night. I would love to learn more about them and other organisms of ancient origins!

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