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Natural histories : 25 extraordinary species that have changed our world / Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss.

By: Westwood, Brett.
Contributor(s): Moss, Stephen, 1960-.
Publisher: London : John Murray, 2015Description: xviii, 428 p. : ill., plates ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781473617018 : (hbk.).Subject(s): Natural history -- History | Natural historyDDC classification: 508 Summary: Accompanying Radio 4's landmark six-month-long series presented by Brett Westwood, 'Natural Histories' explores 25 unexpected species that have changed the way we see the world. From cockroaches to coral, and from mammoths to meteorites, their stories are extraordinary and eye-opening: What happened when a pipe-smoking, gin-drinking monkey dined with George IV? What cutting-edge technology have we borrowed from beetles? How could giant squid sink large ships? Why should sharks be scared of us rather than vice versa? Why were butterflies once seen as evil? How have brambles helped solve murders? Each chapter focuses on a different creature or species - the lion offers a starting point to discussing our relationship with power; coral with the idea of paradise; and the nightshade with poisons. Prepare to dive to the depths of the sea with 100-foot-long giant squid, travel through space after the meteorites shooting into our atmosphere and join a dangerous expedition to Antarctica to find the Emperor Penguin egg. Discover fleas dressed by nuns, a defeated prince hiding from his enemies in an oak tree and the plant whose legendary screams could drive you mad ...Accompanying Radio 4's acclaimed six-month series with the Natural History Museum, Natural Histories tells the riveting stories of how our relationships with twenty-five unexpected creatures have permanently changed the way we see the world. Packed full of fascinating science, history and folklore, this beautiful book brings you face to face with nature, in all its wonder, complexity and invention. Fresh from winning the Thomson Reuters prize for Tweet of the Day, Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss have written another imaginative and inspiring book. Each chapter explores a different species or phenomena, often taking a fascinating object in the museum's collection as a starting point. From rock pools and blackberry picking to a shipwreck thousands of miles from land; and from David Attenborough on gorillas to Monty Python on dinosaurs, this is a book for anyone curious about the world we live in. You'll never take nature for granted again.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.


Accompanying Radio 4's landmark six-month-long series presented by Brett Westwood, 'Natural Histories' explores 25 unexpected species that have changed the way we see the world. From cockroaches to coral, and from mammoths to meteorites, their stories are extraordinary and eye-opening: What happened when a pipe-smoking, gin-drinking monkey dined with George IV? What cutting-edge technology have we borrowed from beetles? How could giant squid sink large ships? Why should sharks be scared of us rather than vice versa? Why were butterflies once seen as evil? How have brambles helped solve murders? Each chapter focuses on a different creature or species - the lion offers a starting point to discussing our relationship with power; coral with the idea of paradise; and the nightshade with poisons.
Prepare to dive to the depths of the sea with 100-foot-long giant squid, travel through space after the meteorites shooting into our atmosphere and join a dangerous expedition to Antarctica to find the Emperor Penguin egg. Discover fleas dressed by nuns, a defeated prince hiding from his enemies in an oak tree and the plant whose legendary screams could drive you mad ...Accompanying Radio 4's acclaimed six-month series with the Natural History Museum, Natural Histories tells the riveting stories of how our relationships with twenty-five unexpected creatures have permanently changed the way we see the world. Packed full of fascinating science, history and folklore, this beautiful book brings you face to face with nature, in all its wonder, complexity and invention. Fresh from winning the Thomson Reuters prize for Tweet of the Day, Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss have written another imaginative and inspiring book. Each chapter explores a different species or phenomena, often taking a fascinating object in the museum's collection as a starting point. From rock pools and blackberry picking to a shipwreck thousands of miles from land; and from David Attenborough on gorillas to Monty Python on dinosaurs, this is a book for anyone curious about the world we live in. You'll never take nature for granted again.

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