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Posted December 13, 2012
Delightful, Informative, and Entertaining
Chasing Doctor Dolittle is a fascinating book on animal communication and language. Con Slobodchikoff has been studying and researching animal behavior and communication for the last 40 years, and in this book he shares his observations and experiences in a very readable and enjoyable way. The science is neatly and understandably interwoven with entertaining -- and relevant -- personal anecdotes and a huge number of examples of different sorts of animal communication or language which were so interesting I couldn't put the book down. (Do you know, for example, that the "push-ups" you often see lizards doing are actually a communication tool, or language? He talks about communicating with them --and evidently, after a while boring them -- by imitating their head bobs and push-ups.) The animals discussed range from bees to lizards to various birds and a wide range of mammals, including dogs, bats, apes, monkeys, hippos, hyenas, foxes, deer and of course prairie dogs, whose language he discovered and which he has studied most intensively. This is good stuff!
If you like animals, and especially if you are interested in animal behavior and communication, you can't go wrong with this book. (I read a few sample pages on Amazon and I was hooked.)
Now I just wish he'd write a book giving me details of how to really converse with my dog...
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