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Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

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A book by Bernd Heinrich

There cannot be many people who have gone into a beavers' lodge. Heinrich, professor of biology at the University of Vermont, did that in his quest to see how animals survive winter. It was a summer when the pond had dried up and the beavers were not … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Book, Cafe Libri, Nonfiction, Evolution, Natural Science
Author: Bernd Heinrich
Genre: Science
Publisher: Harper Perennial
1 review about Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

The wonders of evolution

  • Jan 1, 2011
Rating:
+3
WINTER WORLD provides an overview of the amazing evolutionary adaptations in both physiology and behaviour that the members of the animal kingdom have made to ensure their survival through bitter northern winters. From the obvious means of hibernation by bears and chipmunks, through the use of torpidity and intense shivering to control body heat in the presence of low external temperatures, to the wood frog which under certain conditions can survive being frozen completely solid! How bizarre is that? Nature and the universe is truly stranger than we might ever mentally ponder even in our wildest fits of imaginative creativity.

Heinrich is that wonderful combination of first rate scientist, skilled outdoorsman and superb writer whose talent makes his science and his passion accessible to those of us less knowledgeable in the field. Heinrich's obvious delight in sharing his discoveries makes the reading of WINTER WORLD at once informative, charming and exciting.

Highly recommended.

Paul Weiss

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