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    DescriptionFrom medieval bestiaries to Borges's "Book of Imaginary Beings," we've long been enchanted by extraordinary animals, be they terrifying three-headed dogs or asps impervious to a snake charmer's song. But bestiaries are more than just zany zoology--they are artful attempts to convey broader beliefs about human beings and the natural order. Today, we no longer fear sea monsters or banshees. But from the infamous honey badger to the giant squid, animals continue to captivate us with the things they can do and the things they cannot, what we know about them and what we don't. With "The Book of Barely Imagined Beings," Caspar Henderson offers readers a fascinating, beautifully produced modern-day menagerie. But whereas medieval bestiaries were often based on folklore and myth, the creatures that abound in Henderson's book--from the axolotl to the zebrafish--are, with one exception, very much with us, albeit sometimes in depleted numbers. "The Book of Barely Imagined Beings "transports readers to a world of real creatures that seem as if they should be made up--that are somehow more astonishing than anything we might have imagined. The yeti crab, for example, uses its furry claws to farm the bacteria on which it feeds. The waterbear, meanwhile, is among nature's "extreme survivors," able to withstand a week unprotected in outer space. These and other strange and surprising species invite readers to reflect on what we value--or fail to value--and what we might change. A powerful combination of wit, cutting-edge natural history, and philosophical meditation, "The Book of Barely Imagined Beings" is an infectious and inspiring celebration of the sheer ingenuity and variety of life in a time of crisis and change.

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    The Book of Barely Imagined Beings
    A 21st Century Bestiary
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Caspar Henderson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    ISBN 13: 9780226213200
    ISBN 10: 022621320X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: AGN
    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.2
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 560
    BIC subject category V2: WNC, PSV
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Approval Code: A31010200
    BISAC V2.8: SCI070000
    LC classification: QH
    BISAC V2.8: ART050030
    DC22: 591.68
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26750
    Abridged Dewey: 590
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: NAT001000
    DC21: 591.68
    B&T Approval Code: A63010200
    BISAC V2.8: SCI100000
    Thema V1.0: AGN, WNC, PSV
    University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    12 November 2014
    Author Information
    Caspar Henderson is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in the "Financial Times," the "Independent, " and "New Scientist. "He lives in Oxford, UK.
    Review quote
    "A rich mixture of science, mythology, and literature, whose plethora of entertaining digressions left me impressed."--Richard Fortey, author of Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms