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Published: 29 January 2009

288 Pages | 21 halftones, plus full-colour 8pp plate section


ISBN: 9780199205578

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Built by Animals

The natural history of animal architecture

Mike Hansell

  • Shows the amazing constructions that are built throughout the animal world, by social insects, birds and mammals, and even minute amoebae.
  • Reveals the behaviour - both innate and learnt - that creates these structures, and the materials and techniques that different animals use.
  • Highlights how creatures with small brains use simple, repeated actions to produce complex results - achieving building feats that rival our own, but by very different means. In fact it is human building behaviour that turns out to be unusual.
  • Ties in animal behaviour, evolutionary biology, and ecology, and highlights the lively research currently happening in this area of biology.
  • Shows how animal structures may reveal clues to the origins of our own tool use and appreciation of beauty.
  • Reveals how animals interact with each other and with the environment, and puts human habitat alteration into an evolutionary perspective.

New to this Edition:

  • A colour plate section featuring images of the remarkable animal structures discussed in the book

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