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Beetle Battles: One Scientist's Journey of Adventure and Discovery

By: Douglas J. Emlen

Doug Emlen is a scientist. He studies beetles. Specifically, he studies the evolution of beetle weapons—how their horns and armor change to better suit them in different environments.

This book starts with a mystery: Doug wanted to know why a particular type of beetle developed a massive evolutionary weapon. He wanted to know how these changes happened and what advantages these enormous weapons gave the tiny dung beetles. So, he went to visit.

Part travel diary and part scientific exploration, Beetle Battles takes you deep into the South American rainforest to monitor beetles in their own habitat.

Epilogue. Resources. Index. Full-color photographs, maps, diagrams, and illustrations.

ISBN: 9781250147110

JLG Release: Mar 2020


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Topics: Doug Emlen (1967– ) , Science and scientists , South American rainforest , Barro Colorado Island, Panama , Beetles , Entomology , Insect behavior and characteristics , Field research , Birds , Animals , Military history

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Emlen, the author of the award-winning book Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle, has adapted the same topic for a children’s audience. He initially shares his search for an evolutionary reason for animal weaponry (horns, claws, and tusks) while researching dung beetles in Panama. His daily research routines are interesting; it’s fun to vica Emlen, the author of the award-winning book Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle, has adapted the same topic for a children’s audience. He initially shares his search for an evolutionary reason for animal weaponry (horns, claws, and tusks) while researching dung beetles in Panama. His daily research routines are interesting; it’s fun to vicariously experience his discoveries. The middle of the book derails a bit as Emlen searches for his next discovery. That discovery, the correlation between animal weaponry and military weaponry, brings new excitement to the narrative. The final chapter correlates the evolutionary demise of weapons in nature to the evolutionary demise of military weapons when new technologies emerge, currently reflected in military cyberhacking. The narrative flows well. Color photos highlight the text and provide a visual reference for the animals and the environments encountered while reading. This well-written book may not appeal to all, but it is worth considering for bug lovers, military weapon enthusiasts, and those studying evolution.

Book Details

ISBN

9781250147110

First Release

March 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

595.76

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Page Count

176

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

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N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Roaring Brook

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Doug Emlen (1967– ), Science and scientists, South American rainforest, Barro Colorado Island, Panama, Beetles, Entomology, Insect behavior and characteristics, Field research, Birds, Animals, Military history,

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