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Part I Sensing
1 A Supercharged World 11
2 Good Vibrations 29
3 Sounds for Tracking and Talking 47
4 Tasting and Touching 67
Part II Surviving
5 Alarming Behavior and Survival Strategies 91
6 From Frogcicles to Dreamstates 123
7 Animal Marathons by Land and Sea 137
8 De-stressing the Distress 157
Part III Socializing
9 Wit, Wiles and Good Fun 181
10 Eavesdropping and Deception 211
11 Rhythm, Song and Dance 223
12 Flirting, Courting and Coupling 237
Epilogue: "Human Nature" Reconsidered 259
Notes, References and Further Reading 263
Posted October 13, 2011
Not only do mice giggle and bats sing, but roosters sometimes lie about food being nearby in order to attract mates, monkeys will assume other identities, elephants mimic the sounds of trucks, and plants send out signals that other plants and animals pick up and respond to.
This eye-opening book is full of amazing stories taken from recent natural studies and observations, such as reports of laboratory chimps that go on strike... an amazing description of a hungry, wild polar bear that makes time to play with a sled dog... and accounts of wild birds making eye contact with humans to determine whether nearby food is OK to eat.
"Bats Sing, Mice Giggle" is a captivating read for animal lovers, biologists, and anyone interested in discovering just how much humans have in common with other species. This refreshing summary of plant and animal research illuminates indications of plants and animals engaging areas we've historically considered 'human nature.' When animals show compassion, grief, love and altruism with one another... as well as jealousy, revenge, and competitiveness... we are invited to open our minds to a more complete understanding of who we humans truly are, and how we can best relate to all species of plants and animals who share our beautiful planet Earth.
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Posted December 6, 2011
A great way to start thinking about things we rarely consider. The book shares surprising details about everyday(even lowly) animals and plants that makes one stop and think about human life and what it might take to start to notice (and give credit to) subtle intelligence in nature.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.