By Richard L. Thompson

What's so detailed approximately grass? Why do cows have 4 stomachs? while will lions supply their final roar? How do animals plan menus - and co-ordinate hunts? Why do bees dance? what percentage elephants are too many?

This compelling publication explores and reveals solutions to a couple of Nature's such a lot exciting mysteries. Drawing at the African panorama, the writer appears on the biology and body structure of animals and crops, and their diversifications in a global of unpredictable switch. Wide-ranging chapters disguise, between different subject matters, mass extinctions, the world's grasslands, predators and prey, FIV in lions, chemical verbal exchange and that almost all contentious of concerns - animal attention. Playful line drawings illustrate the textual content, to make a bumper learn for an individual with an curiosity within the workings of the flora and fauna.

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P . 42) Nemesis Greek goddess of retribution (p . 42) She-wolf Romulus, the legendary founder of Rome, was said to have been reared by a wolf. A statue of the wolf forms part of the Capitol. (p . 42) one vain man Napoleon - see Glossary. (p . 43) Alcides with the distaff a feminised Hercules (p. 43) And . . conquer'd Echoing Julius Caesar's 'I came, 1 saw, 1 conquered' (4 7BC) (p . 43) flee in the sense of fly towards (p . 43) arch of triumph The Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by N apoleon in 1 806 to mark his victory at Austerlitz.

Curst be the hour when from their isle they rov'd, And once again thy hapless bosom gor'd, And snatch'd thy shrinking Gods to northern climes abhorr'd ! 16 But where is Harold? shall I then forget To urge the gloomy wanderer o'er the wave? Little reck'd he of all that men regret ; No lov'd-one now in feign' d lament could rave; No friend the parting hand extended gave , Ere the cold stranger pass'd to other climes : Hard is his heart whom charms may not enslave ; But Harold felt not as in other times, And left without a sigh the land of war and crimes .

Throughout Canto One Byron uses deliberately archaic language ironically. 3 (p. 1 1 ) h ight called 4 (p. 1 1 ) losel worthless person. Possibly a reference to the 'wicked' 5th Lord Byron ( 1 722-96) . 5 (p . 1 2) Eremite's hermit's 6 (p . 1 2) ee eyes 7 (p. 1 2) Supersti tion . . Paphian The hall, modelled on N ewstead Abbey, changes from a site of Catholic worship to one interested in sexual intrigu e . For Paphian, see Glossary. 8 (p . 1 3 ) lemans mistresses 9 Cp. 1 3 ) feae mate 10 (p . 1 3) cen tral line the Equator 1 1 (p.

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