Ten Million Aliens: A Journey Through the Entire Animal Kingdom

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 17, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
This fascinating scientific foray into the animal kingdom examines how the world’s creatures—weird, wonderful, and everything in between—are inextricably linked.

Life on planet earth is not weirder than we imagine. It’s weirder than we are capable of imagining. And we’re all in it together: humans, blue whales, rats, birds of paradise, beetles, mollusks the size of buses, gladiator slugs, bdelloid rotifers that haven’t had sex for millions of years, and water bears—creatures that can be boiled, frozen, and fired off into space without dying.

We’re all part of the animal kingdom, appearing in what Darwin called “endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful.” In this audacious book, Simon Barnes brings together all of the world’s creatures, seeking not what sets them all apart but what unites all. He explores arcane knowledge from the works of Darwin to James Joyce and David Attenborough to Sherlock Holmes, in addition to telling his own wild, don’t-try-this-at-home adventures in humorous and compulsively readable prose.

Fascinating, entertaining, and perfect for Discovery Channel enthusiasts, Ten Million Aliens will open your eyes to the real marvels of the planet we live on.
 

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TEN MILLION ALIENS: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE ENTIRE ANIMAL KINGDOM BY SIMON BARNES More info about this book at powells.com (new window) Fact: Octopuses are the only known invertebrates to use tools ... Read full review

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Sports, nature, and travel writer Barnes (formerly Times of London and Bird Watching with Your Eyes Closed) aims to teach that humans are related to all animals and to "the planet that supports us ... Read full review

Contents

Endlessness
15
Slugs19
22
Allspice antkiller
28
My family and other family
36
Spineless Primates 42 Lemurs and archbishops
48
The profile of WinniethePooh
61
Neon Meate Dream of
65
Octafish Glass sponge 65 Il buono il brutto e il cattivo
72
Do I know you?
101
bright Flatworm 104 The elephant in the corridor
113
Unkillable bears Aardvark
119
Cans and cans of worms Idiurus
127
Tipping the velvet worm Rodents
134
Velvet worm 134 Dirty rats
142
earthworm Earthworm 149 Nightleaper
153
That breathtaking breath
162

More coral72 The halfandhalfers
81
Sea anemones81 Wimbledon champion
89
Song of the
168
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About the author (2015)

Simon Barnes is the multi-award-winning chief sportswriter for The Times (London). He is also a nature writer, horseman, and the author of a dozen books, including the bestselling How to Be a Bad Birdwatcher and The Meaning of Sport (Short Books). He lives in Suffolk with his family.

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