In Animal Weapons, Douglas J. Emlen takes us outside the lab and deep into the forests and jungles to explain the processes behind the most intriguing and curious examples of extreme animal weapons-fish with mouths larger than their bodies and bugs whose heads are so packed with muscle they don't have room for eyes.
As singular and strange as some of the weapons are, we learn that similar factors set their evolution in motion. Emlen looks at everything, from our armor and camouflage to the evolution of the rifle and the structures human populations have built across different regions and eras to protect their homes and communities.
Animal Weapons brings us the complete story of how weapons reach their most outsized, dramatic potential, and what the results we witness in the animal world can tell us about our own relationship with weapons of all kinds.
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"Emlen compares and contrasts the evolution of animal weaponry such as camouflage, tusks, and antlers with the development of human weapons, including the bow and arrow, body armor, the tank, and the nuclear bomb. Sean Runnette narrates in a warm voice that infuses life into Emlen's anecdotes while projecting authority when explaining the scientific elements of animal and human weaponry. Most importantly, Runnette consistently captures Emlen's awe and curiosityÑwhether heÕs exploring the world of elephants, dung beetles, or humans. RunnetteÕs consistent tone clearly ties the book together and helps listeners understand the value in studying animal weaponry to better appreciate human weaponry. L.E. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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