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Nasty, Brutish, and Short: The Quirks and Quarks Guide to Animal Sex and Other Weird Behaviour Paperback – April 13, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771079680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771079689
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,437,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As everyone knows, sex sells�and the author of this new compilation of interesting/bizarre animal behavior exploits this maxim to the max. Senson, producer of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation�s radio science show �Quirks & Quarks,� has turned roughly 100 radio interviews into lively, short essays about some of the astonishing ways animals raise their young, find food, or, yes, have sex. Senson covers a lot of ground in this survey of the weird. In the first section, the battle of the sexes is discussed, with examples such as water-strider females evolving armament to keep males from riding on their backs, or male fish that sometimes eat the eggs they�ve just finished fertilizing. Impressing the other sex can lead to such oddities as home wrecking in bowerbirds or the use of citronella �cologne� in crested auklets. Parenting often creates dilemmas, such as the scarcity of nest burrows that causes band-rumped storm petrels to �time share.� Finding food can inspire creativity, such as the use of cow dung by burrowing owls to attract one of their favorite foods, dung beetles, or squirrels eating rattlesnake skins so they�ll smell like the snakes and be left alone. Based on interviews with scientists studying all walks of natural selection, this lively book is perfect for sampling during a spare moment. --Nancy Bent

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It's the first step in the circle of life. "Nasty, Brutish, and Short: The Quirks and Quarks Guide to Animal Sex and Other Weird Behaviour" looks into the unique ways that the animal kingdom has done in the name of getting it on. Along with other bizarre behavior such as the language of headbutts for termites, "Nasty, Brutish, and Short" provides a fascinating read for the curious as well as those pursuing academic study on the more bizarre aspects of mother nature.
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By Moni on October 10, 2010
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This was a fun and interesting read about all sorts of habits of animals. The descriptions were easy to understand even if you're not a science geek, but not simplistic or condescending. I really enjoyed this.
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