The enthusiasm Piotr Naskrecki, an entomologist at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology, feels for visible, tangible signs of Earth's prehistoric past is irresistibly infectious. Combining lively first-person narrative with his own breathtakingly beautiful photographs, the author reveals the holdovers from a lost world (from horseshoe crab to horsetail ferns) that can be found across the globe or right in our own backyards.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…