BEASTLY INVENTIONS by Jean Craighead George

BEASTLY INVENTIONS

KIRKUS REVIEW

Every animal is an astonishment" and science, continually, "opens new doors on earth" and this catchall of curiosities in the animal world contains many amazing small items that Mrs. George has apparently been collecting for years. In categorical order, you will learn how some species travel (the hydra has a "sophisticated pogo stick"; dragonflies are jet-propelled by water ejected through their anus); how they court and mate (the turtle taps on the female's shell before entering; the Gnaphoid male spider ties the female down); how they care for (or neglect) the young, build homes, eat (the worm, Convuluta, exists entirely on the algae inside him until he starves to death while the stickflea eats the feces of its parents); how they sense many things often without obvious apparatus; how they adapt to man, etc., etc. Unnatural natural history agreeably presented for its eyestopping eccentricity.
Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1970
ISBN: 0679502297
Publisher: McKay
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1970




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