- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (October 25, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014312868X
- ISBN-13: 978-0143128687
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Matt Simon is a science writer at Wired magazine, where he specializes in zoology, particularly of the bizarre variety. He is one of just a handful of humans to witness the fabled mating ritual of the axolotl salamander, as is detailed in this here book that he suggests you buy.