The common house turtle is awarded its due status in this careful examination of his structure, history and species. How many turtle owners realize how similar their pets are to the species that lived alongside the dinosaur? How many know that there are over 200 types of turtles on earth including the snapping, soft-shelled, stinkpot and spotted varieties. Diamond back terrapin turtles, now almost extinct, were once avidly consumed and brought 90 dollars a dozen. The Galapagos tortoises helped Darwin formulate many of his theories on evolution. The leatherback species spends its entire life underwater. The differences among these related brethren are analyzed and artfully illustrated by an eminent science team in a book that should not only please the turtle owner (there is a timely chapter on turtle care) but anyone interested in animals.