From Library Journal
The authors (The Emergence of Animals: The Cambrian Breakthrough, Columbia Univ. Pr., 1990) claim that an association exists among terrestrial organisms to the extent that their body fluids commingle and that this connectedness forms a sea through which other organisms (symbionts) and nutrients can move. Authoritative, up-to-date research results are recounted from the areas of paleontology, ecology, physiology, embryology, and evolution to corroborate this radical vision of life. A convincingly clear and upbeat style drives home "hypersea" as both a proposed scientific theory with testable hypotheses and a philosophical viewpoint providing a novel perspective on our living world. Continuing in the symbiogenetics vein of Lynn Margulis and Dorian Sagan's Microcosmos (LJ 1/3/87), this book will spur controversy and is essential reading for the science buff as well as the specialist. Highly recommended.Frank Reiser, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
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The whole is much greater than the sum of the parts. Symbiosis is not an amusing sideshow; it is the only show in town. Discovering this, we lose track of who is the host and who the parasite. All notions of biological hierarchy are turned upside down... Truth or engaging diversion, Hypersea is an illuminating way of looking at the biosphere.
This book is a significant advance in holistic biological thinking. It gives us a new view of the biosphere, in which symbiosis and cooperation are as important as predation and competition.
(Whole Earth Review
Why is life on land such a spectacular success? Because, say Dianna and Mark McMenamin, 450 million years ago life created Hypersea, a vast new ocean of interconnected tissues.
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