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Secret Worlds: The extraordinary senses of animals

Secret Worlds: The extraordinary senses of animals (Hardback)

By Stevens, Martin

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Martin Stevens explores the extraordinary variety of senses in the animal kingdom, and discusses the cutting-edge science that is shedding light on these secret worlds. Our senses of vision, smell, taste, hearing, and touch are essential for us to respond to threats, communicate ...and interact with the world around us. This is true for all animals - their sensory systems are key to survival, and without them animals would be completely helpless. However, the sensory systems of other animals work very differently from ours. For example, many animals from spiders to birds can detect and respond to ultraviolet light, to which we are blind. Other animals, including many insects, rodents, and bats can hear high-frequency ultrasonic sounds well beyond our own hearing range. Many other species have sensory systems that we lack completely, such as the magnetic sense of birds, turtles, and other animals, or the electric sense of many fish. These differences in sensory ability have a major bearing on the ways that animals behave and live in different environments, and also affect their evolution and ecology. In this book, Martin Stevens explores the remarkable sensory systems that exist in nature, and what they are used for. Discussing how different animal senses work, he also considers how they evolve, how they are shaped by the environment in which an animal lives, and the pioneering science that has uncovered how animals use their senses. Throughout, he celebrates the remarkable diversity of life, and shows how the study of sensory systems has shed light on some of the most important issues in animal behaviour, physiology, and evolution.
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ISBN 9780198813675
Released NZ 2 Sep 2021
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Hardback
Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780198813675
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Released 2 Sep 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Stevens, Martin
Category Popular Science
Biology & Life Sciences
Zoology & Animal Sciences
Natural History, Country Life & Pets
Wild Animals
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 160mm
Height: 245mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 591.5
Weight 524g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Animal behavior, Senses and sensation
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade