Mother Nature is trying to kill you: a lively tour through the dark side of the natural world

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It may be a wonderful world, but as Dan Riskin explains, it's also a dangerous, disturbing, and disgusting one. At every turn, it seems, living things are trying to eat us, poison us, use our bodies as their homes, or have us spread their eggs. In Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You, Riskin is our guide through the natural world at its most gloriously ruthless. Using the seven deadly sins as a road map, Riskin offers dozens of jaw-dropping examples that illuminate how brutal nature can truly be. From slothful worms that hide in your body for up to thirty years to wrathful snails with poisonous harpoons that can kill you in less than five minutes to lustful ducks that have orgasms faster than you can blink, these fascinating accounts reveal the candid truth about 'gentle' Mother Nature's true colors. Riskin's passion for the strange and his enthusiastic expertise bring Earth's most fascinating flora and fauna into vivid focus. Through his adventures- which include sliding on his back through a thick soup of bat guano just to get face-to-face with a vampire bat, befriending a parasitic maggot that has taken root on his head, and coming to grips with having offspring of his own-Riskin makes unexpected discoveries not just about the world all around us but also about the ways this brutal world has shaped us as humans and what our responsibilities are to this terrible, wonderful planet we call home.
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subject_facet NATURE / General, Nature, Parasites, Predation (Biology), Predatory animals, Predatory insects, SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology, SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
title_display Mother Nature is trying to kill you : a lively tour through the dark side of the natural world
title_full Mother Nature is trying to kill you : a lively tour through the dark side of the natural world / Dan Riskin, PhD, Mother Nature is trying to kill you : a lively tour through the dark side of the natural world [electronic resource] / Dan Riskin
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title_sub a lively tour through the dark side of the natural world
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