Parsman's Natural World Quiz
Parsman on 01/03/2007
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The remarkable insights into animal behaviour given to us by evolutionary biology provide an astonishing perspective on the diversity and complexity of life.
One book which has renewed my wonder at the natural world is Olivia Judson's "Dr Tatiana's sex advice to all creation: the definitive guide to the evolutionary biology of sex", which is fascinating, insightful and highly entertaining. This quiz features a few of the stories from that book (inevitably, without Judson's illuminating explanations). I hope that you will share my amazement at the richness of the behaviours that different species have evolved, and that, if you haven't already read the book, it will encourage you to do so.
The picture shows a bowerbird. The male of these species construct large bowers which can be 13 feet wide or 10 feet high, decorated with coloured objects. Some species even chew berries to create paint which they smear to colour their bowers. And all only to impress the females!
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