Unexpected Truth About Animals: Brilliant natural history, starring lovesick hip

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History is full of strange animal stories, invented by the brightest and most influential, from Aristotle to Disney, and they reveal as much about us and the things we believe as they do about the animals they misrepresent. We once thought that eels were born from sand, that swallows hibernated under water, and that bears gave birth to formless lumps that were licked into shape by their mothers. Zoologist Lucy Cooke unravels many such myths, revealing the facts she’s uncovered while sniffing out vultures, snooping on sloths and stalking drunk moose.

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Shortlisted for the 2018 Royal Society Investment Science Book Prize
‘Endlessly fascinating.’ – Bill Bryson ‘Eye-opening, informative and very funny!’ – Chris Packham
‘Well-informed and downright funny’ – Richard Dawkins

History is full of strange animal stories invented by the brightest and most influential, from Aristotle to Disney. But when it comes to understanding animals, we’ve got a long way to go.

Whether we’re watching a viral video of romping baby pandas or looking at a picture of penguins ‘holding hands’, we often project our own values – innocence, abstinence, hard work – onto animals. So you’ve probably never considered that moose get drunk and that penguins are notorious cheats.

In The Unexpected Truth About Animals Zoologist Lucy unravels many such myths – that eels are born from sand, that swallows hibernate under water, and that bears gave birth to formless lumps that are licked into shape by their mothers – to show that the stories we create reveal as much about us as they do about the animals.

Astonishing, illuminating and laugh-out-loud funny.

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Weight 0.373 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.7 × 3 cm
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Paperback

Pages

469

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English

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Dewey

590 (edition:23)

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General – Trade / Code: K