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Why the Cheetah Cheats
Author: Lewis Smith

ISBN: 9781906506032
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 25 September 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.0 x 26.0 x 1.9
A fascinating overview of recent research into the animal world by an award-winning author who is fascinated by his subject and knows how to bring it to life.

Life forms long gone before Man walked the Earth, animals and plants freshly discovered, and seemingly familiar everyday creatures all have stories to tell that modern day science has just begun to unravel. Why elephants fear the colour red, why it's an advantage for female cheetahs to be promiscuous, and why wolves are changing colour are just some of the many mysteries of modern animal life.

There are intriguing tales of vanished species, too. The study of newly-discovered remains reveals much about the very different worlds in which they lived, the features and behaviour they evolved to cope with the challenges they faced, and the reasons for their ultimate disappearance. A fanged predator capable of tackling a whale single-handedly, a winged monster that stalked the landscape snapping up its prey, and a snake straight out of a horror film, all reigned as the dominant flesh-eaters of their day; but their formidable armoury failed to ensure their survival.


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