The Big, Bad Book of Beasts: The World's Most Curious Creatures

By Michael Largo

The world's wildest number of animal wisdom and lore!

Lions, and tigers, and bears . . . and dinosaurs, dragons, and monsters. Oh my!

For enormous quantities of years, the most well-liked books within the Western international subsequent to the Bible have been "bestiaries," fanciful encyclopedias amassing all of human wisdom and mythology concerning the animal country. In those pages, eagles and elephants lived subsequent to griffins and sea monsters. Now, in The vast, undesirable publication of Beasts, award-winning writer Michael Largo has up to date the medieval bestsellers for the twenty-first century, illuminating little-known proof, stunning secrets and techniques, and peculiar superstitions in regards to the beasts that inhabit our world—and hang-out our imaginations. you are going to know about the most important malicious program ever, the smallest animal on the planet, and the genuine creatures that encouraged the fabled unicorns. you will find how birds discovered to fly, why cats rub opposed to your legs, and 1000 different evidence that might make you examine nature in a superbly new way.

Did you know?

The quickest animal on the planet is the peregrine falcon, which reaches speeds of over two hundred miles in step with hours.

Circus ringmaster P.T. Barnum fooled many whilst he displayed a "mermaid" carcass that was once later proved to be monkey bones sewed including the physique of a fish.

Discovered in a distant volcanic crater in New Guinea, the Bosavi wolly rat grows to the scale of a cat.

President Andrew Jackson acquired an African grey parrot to maintain his spouse corporation. The poultry outlived them either and was once faraway from Jackson's funeral for cussing in either English and Spanish.

A to Z: From Aardvark to Zooplankton!

For all ages!

Includes 289 illustrations!

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This seahorse grows from eight to 18 inches and eats lice, plankton, shrimp, and small fish that it catches simply with a protracted, dragonlike snout. Predators or prey can hardly see it, not just since it feels like a plant, but in addition since it has the facility to alter colour at will to check the colorations of its aquatic atmosphere. a definite vitamin can have an effect on colour alterations, however the leafy sea dragon may also flip a special colour whilst under pressure, starting from brown, light red, blue, green-yellow, and reddish. It chooses various colour combos while feeling content material or for mating, and it could possibly even make itself obvious whilst, probably, it doesn't are looking to be troubled through something. the drawback of hiding in undeniable sight and a go-with-the-flow way of life happens while a unexpected wave flushes a seahorse from the reef, making it very unlikely for it to come to the habitat the place it truly is such a lot suitable. in contrast to different seahorses that experience gripping curled tails, the leafy sea dragon can't anchor itself in the course of turbulent stipulations, and it really is both blown out to sea or washed ashore. Leafy sea dragons, if very fortunate, dwell within the ocean not more than 3 to 5 years. * * * methods of Camouflage a few animals have fur that alterations colour based upon the season. for instance, the arctic fox sheds its summertime darker coat to at least one of snow white as wintry weather units in. Environmental temperature alterations and shortening of sunlight set off an animal’s hormones to aid make its normal camouflage extra adaptive. For fish, reptiles, and color-changing amphibians, many have cells referred to as “chromatophores,” every one containing a definite colour pigment. one other grasp of marine camouflage, the cuttlefish, has minuscule muscular tissues surrounding each one of its chromatophore cells. it might probably willfully constrict the muscle tissues connected to the colour mobile of its settling on, altering its dermis the best way an artist squeezes paint from a tube. * * * LESOTHOSAURUS fowl Dinosaur This two-legged little dinosaur gave the look of a featherless bird scurrying approximately, and, based on its hipped-bone constitution, it used to be most likely an early ancestor of numerous chicken species. It was once approximately three ft tall and ran on legs. it always traveled in huge packs or flocks, darting approximately from boulder to shadow in a frenzied demeanour. Its anxious and swift-footed disposition was once an important version because it used to be a bite-sized nugget to the various huge carnivorous dinosaurs that have been approximately. Lesothosaurus used to be a herbivore that turned extinct approximately sixty-five million years in the past, whilst it's theorized that asteroid affects darkened the sky and polluted the earth’s surroundings for a minimum of a decade, most probably killing off the lesothosaurus’s favourite vegetation. LEUCROTA pace Demon This legendary hybrid beast lived in India. Its badgerlike head had a large mouth that may open from ear to ear just like the Cheshire cat’s. It was once so long as a donkey however the peak of a puppy, with deer legs and a lion’s tail. Leucrotas lacked the teeth and as a substitute had not easy, bony-ridged planks that served as jaws to mash and observed its prey into items.

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