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A new edition of David Attenborough's groundbreaking Life on Earth was published in October 2018 by William Collins. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the book's original publication, David Attenborough has revisited the text, taken into account new scientific discoveries, and chosen an entirely new set of images. Nature Picture Library is proud to have made a major contribution to this lavishly illustrated landmark publication, which tells in such an enthralling way the story of the development of life on earth. This gallery contains all the images which NPL supplied for the book.

You can buy prints of a selection of the images from this book here.
Axolotl {Siredon / Ambystoma mexicanum} albino, captive. - Jane Burton
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Jane Burton / Axolotl {Siredon / Ambystoma mexicanum} albino, captive.
Strawberry Poison Arrow Frog (Oophaga pumilio) rear view climbing up plant, Costa Rica. These frogs have neurotoxins that are exuded through the skin. The bright colours are a warning to potential pre... - Visuals Unlimited
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Visuals Unlimited / Strawberry Poison Arrow Frog (Oophaga pumilio) rear view climbing up plant, Costa Rica. These frogs have neurotoxins that are exuded through the skin. The bright colours are a warning to potential pre...
'Sinbad' the male Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) curiously peering from the bushes during the day. Codfish Island, Stewart Island, New Zealand, January. Critically endangered. - Brent  Stephenson
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Brent Stephenson / 'Sinbad' the male Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) curiously peering from the bushes during the day. Codfish Island, Stewart Island, New Zealand, January. Critically endangered.
Bee orchid (Ophrys apifera) in flower. Dorset, UK, June. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Bee orchid (Ophrys apifera) in flower. Dorset, UK, June.
Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) male displaying on a lek in snow, Sublette County, Wyoming, USA. April. - Gerrit  Vyn
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Gerrit Vyn / Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) male displaying on a lek in snow, Sublette County, Wyoming, USA. April.
Straw-coloured fruit bats (Eidolon helvum) returning to daytime roost at sunrise. Kasanka National Park, Zambia. - Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Straw-coloured fruit bats (Eidolon helvum) returning to daytime roost at sunrise. Kasanka National Park, Zambia.
Six banded / yellow armadillo {Euphractus sexcinctus} Minas Gerais, Brazil - Luiz Claudio Marigo
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Luiz Claudio Marigo / Six banded / yellow armadillo {Euphractus sexcinctus} Minas Gerais, Brazil
Juvenile Andean mouse opossum (Marmosops impavidus) eating a moth, El Oro, Ecuador. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Juvenile Andean mouse opossum (Marmosops impavidus) eating a moth, El Oro, Ecuador.
Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) in shallow water. South Bimini, Bahamas. The Bahamas National Shark Sanctuary. Gulf Stream, West Atlantic Ocean. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) in shallow water. South Bimini, Bahamas. The Bahamas National Shark Sanctuary. Gulf Stream, West Atlantic Ocean.
Black skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris) fishing by skimming along water surface, Pantanal, Brazil - Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / Black skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris) fishing by skimming along water surface, Pantanal, Brazil
Greater flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) mating, in lagoon, Pont Du Gau, Camargue, France, April 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Allofs
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Allofs / Greater flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) mating, in lagoon, Pont Du Gau, Camargue, France, April 2009
Peringuey's adder (Bitis peringueyi) sidewinding in Namib desert, Namibia. - Emanuele Biggi
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Emanuele Biggi / Peringuey's adder (Bitis peringueyi) sidewinding in Namib desert, Namibia.
Apple moss (Bartrimia pomiformis) with spore capsules, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK - Duncan Mcewan
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Duncan Mcewan / Apple moss (Bartrimia pomiformis) with spore capsules, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK
Portugese man-of-war / Blue Bottle {Physalia physalis}, Indo-pacific - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Portugese man-of-war / Blue Bottle {Physalia physalis}, Indo-pacific
Hourglass treefrog (Dendropsophus ebraccatus) male with inflated vocal sac calling at night, Central Caribbean foothills, Costa Rica - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Hourglass treefrog (Dendropsophus ebraccatus) male with inflated vocal sac calling at night, Central Caribbean foothills, Costa Rica
Bristlecone pine near Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park in winter, Nevada, USA - Kirkendall-Spring
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Kirkendall-Spring / Bristlecone pine near Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park in winter, Nevada, USA
Mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) silverback portrait, Volcanoes NP, Virunga mountains, Rwanda - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) silverback portrait, Volcanoes NP, Virunga mountains, Rwanda
Red-shanked Douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus) small group in canopy eating young leaves, Vietnam - Cyril Ruoso
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Cyril Ruoso / Red-shanked Douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus) small group in canopy eating young leaves, Vietnam
View from below of silhouette of diver and Atlantic sailfish {Istiophorus albicans} attacking bait ball of Spanish sardines / gilt sardine / pilchard / round sardinella {Sardinella aurita} off Yucatan... - Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / View from below of silhouette of diver and Atlantic sailfish {Istiophorus albicans} attacking bait ball of Spanish sardines / gilt sardine / pilchard / round sardinella {Sardinella aurita} off Yucatan...
Panther Chameleon {Furcifer pardalis} climbing along branch on beach, Masoala Peninsula National Park, north east Madagascar. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Panther Chameleon {Furcifer pardalis} climbing along branch on beach, Masoala Peninsula National Park, north east Madagascar.
King bird of paradise (Cicinnurus regius) male performing open wings display, Papua New Guinea - Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / King bird of paradise (Cicinnurus regius) male performing open wings display, Papua New Guinea
RF - Coquerel's sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) jumping, Anjajavy Private Reserve, north west Madagascar. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - David  Pattyn
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David Pattyn / RF - Coquerel's sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) jumping, Anjajavy Private Reserve, north west Madagascar. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera) feeding at an Angel's or Devil's Trumpet Flower (Datura sp.). Yanacocha montane cloud forest, Ecuador. - Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera) feeding at an Angel's or Devil's Trumpet Flower (Datura sp.). Yanacocha montane cloud forest, Ecuador.
Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) making its way down sand bank into to the Rufiji Rivre, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. - Charlie  Summers
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Charlie Summers / Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) making its way down sand bank into to the Rufiji Rivre, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania.
Portrait of Bigfin squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) hovering in open water above a coral reef at night. Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Tropical West Pacific Ocean - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Portrait of Bigfin squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) hovering in open water above a coral reef at night. Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Tropical West Pacific Ocean
Chimpanzee watches mother fishing for termites, Gombe NP, Tanzania 2003 'Fifi' + 'Furaha' - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Chimpanzee watches mother fishing for termites, Gombe NP, Tanzania 2003 'Fifi' + 'Furaha'
Velvet Worm (Peripatus novaezealandiae) known as 'living fossils', having remained the same for approximately 570 million years, New Zealand, Captive - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Velvet Worm (Peripatus novaezealandiae) known as 'living fossils', having remained the same for approximately 570 million years, New Zealand, Captive
Baya weaver (Ploceus philippinus) male with nesting material on nest, female leaving the nest after feeding chicks, Singapore. For sale in the UK only. - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Baya weaver (Ploceus philippinus) male with nesting material on nest, female leaving the nest after feeding chicks, Singapore. For sale in the UK only.
Two-tailed Pasha butterfly (Charaxes jasius) expanding wings after emerging, Podere Montecucco. Orvieot, Umbria, Italy August. Sequence 9 of 9 - Paul Harcourt Davies
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Paul Harcourt Davies / Two-tailed Pasha butterfly (Charaxes jasius) expanding wings after emerging, Podere Montecucco. Orvieot, Umbria, Italy August. Sequence 9 of 9
Panamic Cushion Sea Stars (Pentaceraster cumingi) group on sea floor, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Pacific Ocean. - Brandon Cole
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Brandon Cole / Panamic Cushion Sea Stars (Pentaceraster cumingi) group on sea floor, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Pacific Ocean.
Flatworm (Maiazoon orsaki) Raja Ampat, Irian Jaya, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean - Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Flatworm (Maiazoon orsaki) Raja Ampat, Irian Jaya, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean
A portrait of a nudibranch (Eubranchus tricolor) on the seabed of a Scottish loch. Loch Carron, Ross and Comarty, Scotland, Great Britain. North East Atlantic Ocean. - Alex  Mustard
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Alex Mustard / A portrait of a nudibranch (Eubranchus tricolor) on the seabed of a Scottish loch. Loch Carron, Ross and Comarty, Scotland, Great Britain. North East Atlantic Ocean.
Meadow in flower, with Cork oaks (Quercus suber) in the background, Beja, Portugal, April. - Roger Powell
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Roger Powell / Meadow in flower, with Cork oaks (Quercus suber) in the background, Beja, Portugal, April.
Green tree ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group building nest by pulling on leaves together, Kakadu National Park Northern Territory, Australia.  Commended in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of th... - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Green tree ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group building nest by pulling on leaves together, Kakadu National Park Northern Territory, Australia. Commended in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of th...
Hotspring and surrounding bacteria, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. September 2008. - Floris  van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Hotspring and surrounding bacteria, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. September 2008.
Table corals (Acropora) on remote reef. Komodo National Park, Indonesia, tropical Indo-Pacific ocean. - Brandon Cole
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Brandon Cole / Table corals (Acropora) on remote reef. Komodo National Park, Indonesia, tropical Indo-Pacific ocean.
Pygmy sunbird (Hedydipna platura) adult male on flower, The Gambia,  West Africa. - Melvin Grey
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Melvin Grey / Pygmy sunbird (Hedydipna platura) adult male on flower, The Gambia, West Africa.
Wolf Spiders (Pardosa sp.), male RIGHT waving palps in courtship display. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. May. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Wolf Spiders (Pardosa sp.), male RIGHT waving palps in courtship display. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. May.
Longhorn beetle (Cerambycidae) in flight Rookery Wood, Sussex, England, UK, July. - Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Longhorn beetle (Cerambycidae) in flight Rookery Wood, Sussex, England, UK, July.
Common hawker (Aeshna juncea)  Brackish Moss NNR, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Common hawker (Aeshna juncea) Brackish Moss NNR, County Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Wood Horsetails (Equistetum sylvaticum) Columbia River, Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, USA. - Visuals Unlimited
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Visuals Unlimited / Wood Horsetails (Equistetum sylvaticum) Columbia River, Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, USA.
Coconut (Robber) crab climbing coconut tree, Aldabra Seychelles - Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Coconut (Robber) crab climbing coconut tree, Aldabra Seychelles
Purple sea pen (Virgularia gustaviana) on sandy sea bed. Rinca, Indonesia - Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / Purple sea pen (Virgularia gustaviana) on sandy sea bed. Rinca, Indonesia
Rafflesia flower (Rafflesia keithii) in Gunung Gading NP, Borneo, Sarawak, Malaysia - Jouan & Rius
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Jouan & Rius / Rafflesia flower (Rafflesia keithii) in Gunung Gading NP, Borneo, Sarawak, Malaysia
Massive barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) and diver. Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, Palawan, Philippines, April 2009. Model released. - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Massive barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) and diver. Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, Palawan, Philippines, April 2009. Model released.
Reef manta rays (Manta alfredi formerly Manta birostris) chain-feeding on plankton, Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll, Maldives, Indian Ocean, October - Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Reef manta rays (Manta alfredi formerly Manta birostris) chain-feeding on plankton, Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll, Maldives, Indian Ocean, October
Lyretail anthias / Goldies (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) over coral reef with soft corals (Dendronephthya sp) Egypt, Red Sea. - Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / Lyretail anthias / Goldies (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) over coral reef with soft corals (Dendronephthya sp) Egypt, Red Sea.
Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) underwater. Fernandina Island. Galapagos, Endemic Species. - Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) underwater. Fernandina Island. Galapagos, Endemic Species.
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