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A Polar Affair Antarctica's Forgotten Hero and the Secret Love Lives of Penguins

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By: Lloyd Spencer Davis(Author)
382 pages, 24 plates with colour & b/w photos and b/w illustrations
Publisher: Pegasus Books
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Revisiting the bizarre story of the scientific reports that shocked Victorian England, Spencer Davis updates the reader with current knowledge on the sex lives of penguins and other ornithological findings.
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A captivating blend of true adventure and natural history by one of today's leading penguin experts and Antarctic explorers.

George Murray Levick was the physician on Robert Falcon Scott's tragic Antarctic expedition of 1910. Marooned for an Antarctic winter, Levick passed the time by becoming the first man to study penguins up close. His findings were so shocking to Victorian morals that they were quickly suppressed and seemingly lost to history.

A century later, Lloyd Spencer Davis rediscovers Levick and his findings during the course of his own scientific adventures in Antarctica. Levick's long-suppressed manuscript reveals not only an incredible survival story, but one that will change our understanding of an entire species.

A Polar Affair reveals the last untold tale from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. It is perhaps the greatest of all of those stories but why was it hidden to begin with? The ever-fascinating and charming penguin holds the key. Moving deftly between both Levick's and Davis's explorations, observations and comparisons in biology over the course of a century, A Polar Affair reveals cutting-edge findings about ornithology, in which the sex lives of penguins are the jumping-off point for major new insights into the underpinnings of evolutionary biology itself.

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New
By: Lloyd Spencer Davis(Author)
382 pages, 24 plates with colour & b/w photos and b/w illustrations
Publisher: Pegasus Books
NHBS
Revisiting the bizarre story of the scientific reports that shocked Victorian England, Spencer Davis updates the reader with current knowledge on the sex lives of penguins and other ornithological findings.
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