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Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You: A Lively Tour Through the Dark Side of the Natural World

 
 
Author
Dan Riskin.
Publisher Touchstone  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9781476707549
Pages/Publication Date 262/2014
Daedalus Item Code 61229
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It may be a wonderful world, but as evolutionary biologist Dan Riskin explains here, it's also a dangerous, disturbing, and disgusting one; at every turn, it seems, living things are trying to eat us, poison us, use our bodies as their homes, or have us spread their eggs. The host of Animal Planet's Monsters Inside Me and co-host of Discovery Canada's Daily Planet, Riskin reveals just how brutal nature can be, using the seven deadly sins as a road map. From slothful worms that hide in your body for 30 years to wrathful snails with poisonous harpoons that can kill you in less than five minutes, and lustful bedbugs that drink our blood before being stabbed by their mates, these fascinating accounts reveal the candid truth about "gentle" Mother Nature's true colors.

"Riskin has endured his share of unsavory encounters with Mother Nature's predatory side. As he recounts at the beginning of this absorbing and witty, if sometimes stomach-churning, catalog of nature's more gruesome proclivities, a botfly maggot once took up residence in his scalp. Far from repelling him, the episode ignited a fascination for all creatures rapacious and parasitical whose close study, Riskin compellingly argues, is necessary to fully appreciate the complexity of life on Earth. Using the seven deadly sins as a whimsical roadmap, Riskin here describes the unsettlingly 'sinful' behaviors of not only parasites but all manner of plants and animals, from ducks to hyenas and (the author's favorites) bats. 'Greed,' for instance, showcases newborn birds and sharks that bump off their siblings, 'Gluttony' is embodied in the toxins plants use to avoid being eaten.... An entertaining and informative close-up look at the ingenious tricks nature's creatures use to survive."Booklist

 
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