Weird Nature: Science Is Stranger Than Myth

Weird Nature: Science Is Stranger Than Myth by John Downer
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ISBN
9780563534242
Date Released
Binding
Hardcover
Pages
168
Dimensions
218 x 278mm
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An Astonishing Exploration of Nature's Strangest Behaviour.

This book explores the most fantastic and unusual natural behaviours in the animal world. It is a journey into a surprising and magical natural world inhabited by animals with real characters, distinct personalities and the oddest of behaviours.

Features:
- Fantastic Feeding - all life relies on food for fuel, but nature has devised many fantastic ways of finding it, including worms that eat themselves!
- Devious Defences - to avoid being eaten, nature has developed a dazzling array of defences, including skunks that do headstands, porcupine fish that inflate into spiny balls, and mantis shrimps with a punch that can knock a hole in a glass.
- Marvellous Motion - to find food or a mate, or to escape from predators, animals use extraordinary ways of moving around: flattened snakes, flying fish and otters making snow-slides.
- Extraordinary Equipment - the Mallee fowl has a thermometer in its bill and dolphins use sponges to protect their beaks when feeding in the sand.
- Strange Structures - animal architects create an assortment of bizarre buildings, from fruit bats that make tents from palm leaves to a Namib spider that builds a Stonehenge circle around its burrow.
- Weird and Weirder - witness an extraordinary array of social interactions, including courtship and mating.
ISBN:
9780563534242
Publication Date:
07 / 07 / 2003
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
218 x 278mm

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