Coperta “Platypus Matters”

Platypus Matters

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Winner of the Whitley Award for Best Natural History Book 2022 A compelling, funny, first-hand account of Australia's wonderfully unique mammals and how our perceptions impact their future. Winner of the Whitley Award for Best Natural History Book 2022 A compelling, funny, first-hand account of Australia's wonderfully unique mammals and how our perceptions impact their future. Think of a platypus: they lay eggs (that hatch into so-called platypups), they produce milk without nipples and venom without fangs and they can detect electricity. Or a wombat: their teeth never stop growing, they poo cubes and they defend themselves with reinforced rears. Platypuses, possums, wombats, echidnas, devils, kangaroos, quolls, dibblers, dunnarts, kowaris: Australia has some truly astonishing mammals with incredible, unfamiliar features. But how does the world regard these creatures? And what does that mean for their conservation?In Platypus Matters, naturalist Jack Ashby shares his love for these often-misunderstood animals. Informed by his own experiences meeting living marsupials and egg-laying mammals on fieldwork in Tasmania and mainland Australia, as well as his work with thousands of zoological specimens collected for museums over the last 200-plus years, Ashby's tale not only explains the extraordinary lives of these animals, but the historical mysteries surrounding them and the myths that persist (especially about the platypus). He also reveals the toll these myths can take.Ashby makes it clear that calling these animals ‘weird’ or ‘primitive’ – or incorrectly implying that Australia is an ‘evolutionary backwater’ – a perception that can be traced back to the country's colonial history – has undermined conservation: Australia now has the worst mammal extinction rate of anywhere on Earth. Important, timely and written with humour and wisdom by a scientist and self-described platypus nerd, this celebration of Australian wildlife will open eyes and change minds about how we contemplate and interact with the natural world – everywhere. ‘Ashby reveals marvellous creatures, and the mysteries and myths surrounding them’ BBC Wildlife magazine ‘Ashby makes the case that Australia’s wildlife is not a collection of oddities and species that can kill you, as it is most often, and even well-meaningly portrayed. He explores how this traditional narrative about Australia’s native animals arose, how it is incorrect, and shows why it matters. Both serious and fun, Platypus Matters is compelling reading.’ Kristofer M. Helgen, chief scientist and director, Australian Museum Research Institute ‘Platypus Matters is an original, charming book with a contemporary message. Ashby seeks to convince us of the importance of Australia’s mammals, using the platypus as a worthy ambassador. Most importantly, with a combination of beguiling stories and impassioned arguments, he explains the very real consequences of devaluing Australian wildlife for the survival of this unique fauna. Ashby’s raw enthusiasm as a naturalist and love of sharing a good anecdote make for entertaining reading, but the final chapters take a sobering turn, and rightly so. His book is a clear call to action to address the urgency of the current extinction crisis. It's also a bloody good read.’ Katherine Tuft, general manager, Arid Recovery (Australia) ‘Timely, important and multifaceted, Platypus Matters is a lesson in the evolution of mammals, a historical journey and an adventure book packed with exciting stories of Ashby's global travels. Most profound is the book’s intellectual exploration of colonial perspectives and how they shaped the world’s understanding of and subsequent relationship with Australia’s unique fauna – to this day. Fascinating and enlightening. Only Ashby could have written this book, and I absolutely loved it!’ Georgia Ward-Fear, Macquarie University, co-founder, Cane Toad Coalition Jack Ashby is the assistant director of the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, and an honorary research fellow in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London. He is the author of Animal Kingdom: A Natural History in 100 Objects and lives in Hertfordshire. AMAZING ANIMAL ANECDOTES – This book is a round-up of Australia’s fascinating mammal species, packed full of facts about their weird and wonderful lives. Perfect for anyone who enjoys David Attenborough’s Planet Earth series. AN URGENT AND ESSENTIAL CALL TO ARMS to protect the rapidly disappearing biodiversity down under. Highlights current issues of climate change and habitat loss that will resonate with people who care about the environment and understand the importance of action. INSIGHTFUL ANALYSIS of the haunting legacy of colonialism and racial bias that still exists in science and natural history today. Ashby shows that this is doing real harm and must be acknowledged and addressed. FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT FROM AN EXPERT AT THE TOP OF HIS FIELD. Includes fascinating insight into the life of a field scientist. Competition: The;Rise and Reign of the;Life of;Mammals;Beasts Before Us;In a Sunburned Country;secret life of wombats;Last;Tasmanian;Tiger;Devil;Multifarious Mr Banks;Invention of Nature. Steve Brusatte;David Attenborough;Elsa Panciroli;Ann Moyal;Peter;Fitzsimons;Moore;Bill Bryson;Andrea Wulf;Toby Musgrave
Publicat de: HarperCollins Publishers

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