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Why the Cheetah Cheats: and Other Mysteries of the Natural World
 
 
Author
Lewis Smith.
Publisher Firefly  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 10.25 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9781554075348
Pages/Publication Date 240/2009
Daedalus Item Code 11182
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Why do female cheetahs risk their lives for an opportunity to cheat on their partners? How did wild dolphins learn trick behavior seen only in their captive relatives? Are the recently discovered fossilized remains of a seal-like creature the fabled missing link? And will the Emperor penguin, star of two Oscar-winning films, soon become extinct? With 100 illustrated articles offering compelling stories and long-kept secrets of the animal world, this book examines current threats to wildlife, how some species adapt, and how humans can help them recover, as well as exploring the fossil record and data on invasive species.

"Science journalist [Lewis] Smith ... begins with reports on invasive species that read like warped fairy tales on the theme of unintended consequences. When humans bring cats to Macquarie Island, they very nearly devour entire bird species, so the cats are killed, but then the rabbits multiply unchecked and eat all the vegetation. Smith showcases less harrowing studies of animal adaptation, including that of the fence lizard that grew longer legs and learned to twitch to fend off invasive red ants. Scientists have also found species thought extinct to be thriving; species new to humankind, among them a bright pink, poisonous millipede; and new evidence of long-vanished creatures, including an eight-foot-long sea scorpion. Whether the subject is dire (bats, trees, and corals are dying due to global warming) or fascinating (why female cheetahs are intrepidly promiscuous), Smith writes with equanimity, making for an intriguing, instructive, and up-to-date book of discoveries."Booklist

 
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