美国著名科技杂志《连线》专栏“怪诞生物每周科考”改编。

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好莱坞最奇幻的想象,都无法与自然选择的奇观相提并论,本书将带你见识生物圈里那些身怀绝技、怪癖十足、残忍却又迷人的奇特角色。

在海参肛门里反客为主的隐鱼,被砍掉任何部位都能复原的钝口螈,激情至死的袋鼩……它们上演了无数刺激、烧脑的生存戏码,令本书充满让人折服的生物智慧。 同时,书中穿插了大量可爱又令人毛骨悚然的精美插画。

作者马特·西蒙是著名科技杂志《连线》的专栏作者,他天才的故事视角和机智的洞察力,使得本书成为近年来十分新潮的趣味生物读本。

Biographical Note:

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.

Review Quotes:

Winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award“A veritable parade of eccentric animal profiles that make you laugh so hard you won’t even realize you’re learning a thing or two about niche distribution and adaptive camouflage.”
 Wired (“Required Science Reading from 2016″)”A bizarre collection of evolution tales . . . the weirder, the better.”
Entertainment Weekly“A quick, fun read that’s . . . heavy on snark. . . . The book is packed full of fascinating facts that will both impress and creep out.”
Science News“An entertaining look at evolution’s frightening billion-year arms race. . . . Simon’s wit, combined with the geniune eccentricity of his subjects, make this a fun and accessible book.”
Publishers Weekly

Publisher Marketing:

“A bizarre collection of evolution tales . . . the weirder, the better.” —Entertainment WeeklyA fascinating exploration of the awe-inspiring, unsettling ingenuity of evolution from Wired writer Matt Simon, author of Plight of the Living Dead (coming soon from Penguin Books)On a barren seafloor, the pearlfish swims into the safety of a sea cucumber’s anus. To find a meal, the female bolas spider releases pheromones that mimic a female moth, luring male moths into her sticky lasso web. The Glyptapanteles wasp injects a caterpillar with her young, which feed on the victim, erupt out of it, then mind-control the poor (and somehow still living) schmuck into protecting them from predators.These are among the curious critters of The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar, a jaunt through evolution’s most unbelievable, most ingenious solutions to the problems of everyday life, from trying to get laid to finding food. Join Wired science writer Matt Simon as he introduces you to the creatures that have it figured out, the ones that joust with their mustaches or choke sharks to death with snot, all in a wild struggle to survive and, of course, find true love.Winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award
Review Citations:
  • Publishers Weekly 09/12/2016 (EAN 9780143128687, Hardcover)
  • Booklist 10/01/2016 pg. 6 (EAN 9780143128687, Hardcover)
  • Shelf Awareness 11/08/2016 (EAN 9780143128687, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Nonfiction Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9780143128687, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Senior High Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9780143128687, Hardcover)

 

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