The Trials of Life: A Natural History of Animal Behavior

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The Trials of Life: A Natural History of Animal Behavior

The Trials of Life A Natural History of Animal Behavior Watching and filming animals world wide has occupied most of my working life By the end of the s the marvels and wonders I had witnessed had become a dazzling almost confusing kaleidoscope and

  • Title: The Trials of Life: A Natural History of Animal Behavior
  • Author: David Attenborough
  • ISBN: 9780002199407
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • Watching and filming animals world wide has occupied most of my working life By the end of the 1970 s, the marvels and wonders I had witnessed had become a dazzling, almost confusing kaleidoscope and I began to feel a need to put them in some kind of order, to try to produce a coherent survey of the natural history of the planet So I started on a decade of work which wa Watching and filming animals world wide has occupied most of my working life By the end of the 1970 s, the marvels and wonders I had witnessed had become a dazzling, almost confusing kaleidoscope and I began to feel a need to put them in some kind of order, to try to produce a coherent survey of the natural history of the planet So I started on a decade of work which was to result in three books and three 13 part television series Life on Earth, The Living Planet and The Trials of Life Between them, they looked at the three major aspects of natural history that can be studied simply by observing living wild animals their diversity, their ecology and their behaviour.The Trials of Life surveys the last and most dramatic of these Every animal, whether rat or rattlesnake, lobster or llama or a human being, must during the course of its life face a series of problems growing up and collecting food, finding its way around and defending itself against enemies, getting along with its fellows and finding a mate But though the problems may be the same, the solutions are astoundingly varied Ants in the Sahara find their way across the featureless sand by taking repeated observations on the sun, fireflies attract their mates by flashing signals like Morse code, and teams of chimpanzees hunt down monkeys in west African forests, collaborating in the most complex way yet observed in the animal world David Attenborough, January 1992

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    1. Pramod Nair on said:

      David Attenborough, a man with an insatiable passion to witness, wonder and study our fascinating living planet, made natural history approachable for layman through a series of highly informative and engaging documentaries and companion books, of which the ‘Life’ trilogy, I consider as my favorite. In ‘Trials of Life’ the third work in the trilogy, Attenborough take us on a journey around globe telling us about ‘Ethology’ or the objective study of animal behavior, in his signature s [...]

    2. Greg on said:

      A short review, a longish aside with some personal ramblings and pictures of animals!I really really liked this book. I thought about giving it five stars, but because I'm class-ocentric and I enjoyed Life of Mammals better, I felt my star ratings should show this distinction. Currently, or as current as when I was reading this, I am reading two animal books. One was great and one so far sucks. This is the great one. Note: If David Attenborough would make a beautiful book / five part BBC documen [...]

    3. Cindy on said:

      Excellent examination of the natural world and animal behavior. The narrative is organized well and looks at animal behavior starting with birth and ending with 'continuing the line' (sexual behavior). In between, there's a look at growing up, finding food, hunting, making a home, living together, fighting, friends and rivals, talking, and courting. It is a fascinating look at the wide variety of animals and the adaptations that they've made to their environment. The photos are lovely and illust [...]

    4. Alyssa on said:

      You know, most of the time reading nonfiction is boring. But this was actually interesting! All the stages of different animals throughout the time they were born to when they die. EVERY DETAIL(of their life)!

    5. Amy on said:

      Really interesting. This is the companion book to the documentary series that came out when I was a teen. I love David Attenborough!

    6. Sam on said:

      An exciting and indepth look it how life on earth begins, survives and passes on its knowledge to the next generation, this book looks at the different adaptations, skills and methods used by species and species groups to survive and pass on its genes. Attenborough takes the reader through life chapter by chapter revealing the different styles and methods used for each with descriptive and readable language without losing any of the drama or knowledge that comes with it. This book covers everyth [...]

    7. Dark-Draco on said:

      This book is excellent. It charts the trials that animals have to face during their life, from growing up, to finding food and a mate, from defence to making a home. It is fascinating stuff, especially the amazing colour plates that are included throughout the text. And although some of the stuff Attenborough is describing is pretty complicated, it comes across in a good, easy way, so the reading of this book is a pleasure rather than a chore. Well worth the read.

    8. Frank Ashe on said:

      David Attenborough is magnificent. This book is at the level of his previous works. It doesn't get 5 stars simply because he's been consistently so good that 5 stars has to be reserved for something more than exceptional!

    9. Noah Jensen on said:

      this book is realy interesting, i love the anumal kingdom so this book is perfect 4 me. 2 interesting facts i learned 2day kangaros have a musle in their pouch that closes in watter so the baby is in no danger of drouning, and that a baby goat is a kid.

    10. Nilu R. on said:

      If you love animals and natural history, this is a great light read. It is written well, and organized like a nature show. I have re-read this book several times, enjoying it each time.

    11. Maryanne on said:

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