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Beautiful Survivor — 500 Million Years of Evolutionary History



224 Pages, 11.75 x 10

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $65.00 (US $65.00) (CA $88.00)

Publication Date: October 2016

ISBN 9780992974022

Rights: US & CA

At One Communications (Oct 2016)

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The Chambered Nautilus is one of the oldest living things on our planet. Since the dawn of civilization its form has inspired artists, designers and architects. Nautilus has survived whatever the world has thrown at it for more than 500 million years, persisting even as dinosaurs and many other life forms vanished. Now, however, some believe it could become extinct within a generation. This book celebrates the long history of Nautilus, its role in human culture and the realities of its life today. Extensive reviews available at


"I've always been entranced by Nautilus - alive and long dead - and had hours of delight studying [Wolfgang Grulke's] wonderful book. Magnificent. Incomparable."  —Sir David Attenborough

Author Biography

Wolfgang Grulke is an author and collector, previously an IBM executive and entrepreneur. Perpetually curious about the future, and the distant past, he lives in the space between the two. His business career has been largely focused on the future, as an IBM executive, a world-renowned futurist, speaker and author, and currently Chairman Emeritus of FutureWorld International, a global think tank. His business books include: • 10 Lessons from the Future: Your future is a matter of choice, not chance. • Lessons in Radical Innovation: Out of the box, straight to the bottom line. Both published by Financial Times/Pearson. Also available in Spanish, Chinese and Arabic. At the same time, Wolfgang has devoted much time to understanding vast expanse of life that stretches behind us. His life-long passion for the natural world has included marine biology, palaeontology, scuba diving, travel writing and underwater photography. His natural history books include: • Aldabra: World Heritage Site - the marine biology chapter • Heteromorph: The rarest ammonite fossils – Nature at its most bizarre • Nautilus: Beautiful survivor - 500 million years of evolutionary history • Beyond Extinction: The eternal Ocean.Climate Change & the Continuity of Life Wolfgang has established what is now regarded as one of the world's premier fossil and natural history collections. Indeed, Sir David Attenborough was 'truly lost for words' on viewing this cabinet of curiosity. Wolfgang's natural history books share his passion and all-embracing sense of wonder. They reflect how nature is increasingly a source of inspiration for artists, architects, interior designers and product designers. More information at