The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar
- Evolution's Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life's Biggest Problems
- Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
- Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-09-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Recorded Books
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The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar is an absurdist, comical romp through evolution's weirdest solutions to - appropriately enough - the hazards that evolution itself produces. Each original entry talks about a creature and its amazing adaptation, using Matt Simon's signature blend of scientific accuracy and humor that has made his Wired column and accompanying web show so popular.
The creatures themselves are absolutely mind-blowing, with zombie ants mind-controlled by a fungus; beautiful salamanders that can regenerate any part of their bodies including their brains; the mantis shrimp, which fires its club-like appendage so fast that the surrounding water becomes as hot as the surface of the sun; the Antechinus, whose runaway testosterone levels cause them to have so much sex during their three-week mating session that they bleed internally, go blind, and drop dead; and many more.
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By Philomath on 11-30-17
Very enjoyable and well written
Who ever said science is boring and too complicated should learn from this author.
Probably the most enjoyable book about evolution and biology I have listened to. What an amazing thing life is, and this book opens your eyes to the wonders around us. Don't be fooled, while it is perfect to engage a younger person with its wit and easy to understand conveyance, it is detailed enough even for those that like depth.
Highly recommended, especially for the young people that don't understand how a subject like this can be fascinating and enjoyable.
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