Why the Lion Grew its Mane
A Miscellany of Recent Scientific Discoveries from Astronomy to Zoology
The Times science reporter Lewis Smith presents a fascinating collection of recent discoveries that overturn popular conceptions, enter realms that were previously the preserve of science fiction or simply add to the sum of human knowledge.
300 x 240 mm
Longlisted for Royal Society Science Books 2008
IPPY Bronze Medal 2009 – Science
What is it about a lion's mane that tells the females if they're looking at the cream of the pride? Why is there a hole in the Earth's crust and are volcanoes still erupting on the moon? Did Hobbits really exist, could genetic engineering hold the key to eradicating malaria and how are cricket bats helping to secure the future of the koala bear? These and many other modern mysteries are questions that are being tackled and unravelled by scientists today. Science comes in many guises but from the study of animal behaviour to the creation of batteries powered by tree sap, it is constantly making new discoveries about the world around us. Stunningly illustrated and in clear, straightforward language, this book will amaze both young and old. It is a must-read for anyone curious about the diet of Neanderthals, the presence of life on Mars, and — of course — what a mane means to a lion.Purchase on Amazon
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