WTF, Evolution?!

WTF, Evolution?!

A Theory of Unintelligible Design

Book - 2014
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We all have our off days. Why should Evolution be any different? Maybe Evolution got carried away with an idea that was just a little too crazy--like having the Regal Horned Lizard defend itself by shooting three-foot streams of blood from its eyes . Or maybe Evolution ran out of steam (Memo to Evolution: The Irrawaddy Dolphin looks like a prototype that should have been left on the drawing board). Or maybe Evolution was feeling cheeky--a fish with hands? Joke's on you, Red Handfish! Or maybe Evolution simply goofed up: How else to explain the overgrown teeth of the babirusas that curl backward over their face? Oops.

Mara Grunbaum is a very smart, very funny science writer who celebrates the best--or, really, the worst--of Evolution's blunders. Here are more than 100 outlandish mammals, reptiles, insects, fish, birds, and other creatures whose very existence leaves us shaking our heads and muttering WTF?! Ms. Grunbaum's especially brilliant stroke is to personify Evolution as a well-meaning but somewhat oblivious experimenter whose conversations with a skeptical narrator are hilarious.

For almost 4 billion years, Evolution has produced a nonstop parade of inflatable noses, bizarre genitalia, and seriously awkward necks. What a comedian!

Publisher: New York :, Workman Publishing,, 2014
ISBN: 9780761180340
Branch Call Number: 590.207 GRU
Characteristics: 265 pages : colour illustrations ; 14 X 18 cm

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goddessbeth
Sep 09, 2016

In three words: Hilarious. Must read.

This is a quick read, more a coffee table book than anything else. It's filled with gorgeous full-color pictures of bizarre animals, accompanied by facts about their bizarre evolutionary adaptations and a healthy dose of hilarity.

As scientific and educational books go, this may well be my favorite (at least of the short reads). I highly recommend it, even if you aren't into biology.

MelSJCPL Mar 07, 2015

Great facts but surprisingly light on LOLs.

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