From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, and from torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies on some staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who must alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions.
Examining everything from food sources in the extremely barren winter land-scape to the chemical composition that allows certain creatures to survive, Heinrich's Winter World awakens the largely undiscovered mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.
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There’s the role of camouflage, as in the weasel turning white, and the unique architecture of birds’ nests (“the more different or exotic the nest appearances there are for different species, the less any one would stand out to predators”), not to mention the many insects, whose “success is deri...| Read Full Review of Winter World: The Ingenuity o...
When he wants to test the insulating quality of the cedar-and birch-bark lining of flying squirrel nests, Heinrich "heated a potato to simulate the body of a squirrel and examined its cooling rates."Jan 11 2003 | Read Full Review of Winter World: The Ingenuity o...
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