How the zebra got its stripes : tales from the weird and wonderful world of evolution / Léo Grasset ; translated by Barbara Mellor.
Publication year: 2017
Publisher: London : Profile Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9781781256299 (pbk.) :
Translated from the French.
This translation originally published: 2016.
Why do giraffes have such long necks? Why are zebras striped? Why are buffalo herds broadly democratic while elephants prefer dictatorships? What explains the architectural brilliance of the termite mound or the complications of the hyena's sex life? And why have honey-badgers evolved to be one of nature's most efficient agents of mass destruction? Deploying the latest scientific research and his own extensive observations on the African savannah, Léo Grasset gives some answers to these and many other intriguing questions. Having shown that natural phenomena are rarely simple and that often they get more complex the more you look at them, he brings to bear a mix of evolutionary biology and lateral thinking to explain the mysteries of animal behaviour in terms that are simple but never simplifying.
Original title: Coup de la girafe. English
154 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm
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