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The Resource Animal weapons : the evolution of battle, Douglas J. Emlen ; illustrated by David J. Tuss

Animal weapons : the evolution of battle, Douglas J. Emlen ; illustrated by David J. Tuss

Label
Animal weapons : the evolution of battle
Title
Animal weapons
Title remainder
the evolution of battle
Statement of responsibility
Douglas J. Emlen ; illustrated by David J. Tuss
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Every animal relies on a weapon of some kind -- cats have claws, eagles have talons, and even the dogs we keep as pets have a respectable set of teeth. But the overwhelming majority of these weapons stay small, proportional to the rest of the animals' bodies. In rare cases, however, we find species whose weapons have become stunningly outsized, some with tusks or horns so massive that the animals who wield them look like they should tip over or collapse under their bulk and weight. Weapons just as extreme have cropped up in walruses and narwhals, crabs, beetles, bugs and flies. What is it about these species? Why are their weapons so big? When does bigger become too big? Biology professor Douglas Emlen pulls readers into the worlds of these remarkable beasts, trekking through rainforests and mountain passes to unravel the mysteries of their weapons. Humans are animals, too, and no book on extreme weapons would be complete without an examination of our own arsenals. The parallels between animal weapons and manufactured weapons run deep, and the same critical conditions trigger arms races in animals and in humans, analogous factors sculpt their evolution, and similar circumstances ultimately bring about collapse -- the sudden, and often dramatic, end of the race. A story that begins with biology becomes the story of all weapons, as readers glide between beetles and battleships, crabs and the Cold War. Ultimately, Emlen seeks to determine where this parallel leaves us today, in a post-Cold War world filled with the deadliest weapons of all time -- nuclear, biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1967-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Emlen, Douglas John
Dewey number
591.47
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Animal weapons
  • Animal defenses
  • Defensive (Military science)
Label
Animal weapons : the evolution of battle, Douglas J. Emlen ; illustrated by David J. Tuss
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-260) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Extremes -- Part I. Starting small -- Camouflage and armor -- Teeth and claws -- Claspers, graspers, and giant jaws -- Part II. Triggering the race -- Competition -- Economic defensibility -- Duels -- Part III. Running its course -- Costs -- Reliable signals -- Deterrence -- Sneaks and cheats -- End of the race -- Part IV. Parallels -- Castles of sand and stone -- Ships, planes, and states -- Mass destruction
Control code
ocn897776053
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Picador Paperback edition.
Extent
xiii, 270 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of color plates
Isbn
9781250075314
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)897776053
Label
Animal weapons : the evolution of battle, Douglas J. Emlen ; illustrated by David J. Tuss
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-260) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Extremes -- Part I. Starting small -- Camouflage and armor -- Teeth and claws -- Claspers, graspers, and giant jaws -- Part II. Triggering the race -- Competition -- Economic defensibility -- Duels -- Part III. Running its course -- Costs -- Reliable signals -- Deterrence -- Sneaks and cheats -- End of the race -- Part IV. Parallels -- Castles of sand and stone -- Ships, planes, and states -- Mass destruction
Control code
ocn897776053
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Picador Paperback edition.
Extent
xiii, 270 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of color plates
Isbn
9781250075314
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)897776053

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