THE LANGUAGE OF ANIMALS by Millicent E. Selsam
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The instincts of a researcher and the power to evoke them in youngsters comprise only a small part of this author's talent, once again demonstrated in a book which explodes long standing myths about animals and replaces them with some startling scientific data. The snake is not charmed by the music but by the movements of the snake charmer. Turtles are sto deaf and bees vary their ""dance"" in relation to the proximity of food. The development of electronic machines for recording the extent and type of communication among animals has given rise to a totally new science. Many of the experiments performed on frogs, snakes, alligators, birds, dogs and mammals are repeated here and succinctly interpreted. Courtship signals of birds, the meaning of fish sounds, sight and smell signals of frogs, voice signals of gulls and light codes of fireflies are a minute indication of the complexities and nuances of animal language.

Pub Date: April 4th, 1962
Publisher: Morrow