Fletcher, Tom

Today there are 20 million species on our planet. Yet what we see is just a snapshot in time. 99% of Earth’s inhabitants are lost to our deep past. The story of what happened to these lineages – their rise and their fall – is truly remarkable.

Accompanying the ground-breaking Netflix series narrated by Morgan Freeman, Life on Our Planet tells the story of life’s epic battle to conquer and survive on planet Earth, showing in a new light what’s been lost to us, and how life’s future is now being written by us. From ancient ocean worlds and plant life’s first forays onto land, to the rise and fall of the dinosaurs and the devastation of the last Ice Age, this is a sweeping view of evolution, through five extinctions and, with the arrival of humans on earth, the beginning of the sixth…

With over 200 photos and images from the groundbreaking Netflix series, Life on Our Planet is an unforgettable journey to our ancient past, containing powerful lessons to learn about our future.

About the Author:  Tom Fletcher PhD is a vertebrate palaeontologist and wildlife expert, specialising in sharks and fossil fishes. He completed his master’s at the University of Bristol, and his PhD at the University of Leeds, where he developed a love for teaching. As an academic, he has published a variety of scientific papers and continues to collaborate internationally as an Honorary Research Fellow of Palaeobiology at the University of Leicester. Tom now works at Silverback Films as a scientific adviser for a number of big-budget natural history series. He lives in the world-renowned ‘Green Hollywood’ of Bristol, UK with his partner and pets, amongst a jungle of plants, fossils, and books.

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Witness Books, October 2023.  312 pages, hardcover, 200+ colour photos and colour illustrations