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Inside Nature's Giants

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By: David Dugan and Richard Dawkins

318 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations

Harper Collins

Hardback | Sep 2011 | #191124 | ISBN-13: 9780007438808
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Based on the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 TV series, "Inside Nature's Giants" gets under the skin of the largest animals on the planet. See them as you've never seen them before--from the inside out. "Inside Nature's Giants" explores the anatomy of the largest animals on the planet to reveal how these amazing creatures really work. Rather than simply telling you how an animal behaves, the book features dissection, CGI and wildlife photography to show, from the inside out, how millions of years of evolution have enabled animals to thrive in their environmental niches.

Join the "Inside Nature's Giants" team of scientists and anatomical experts, including, among others, veterinary surgeon and physician Mark Evans, enthusiastic, scalpel-wielding anatomist Joy Reidenberg and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, as they unlock the secrets behind some of nature's most extraordinary beasts. Why doesn't a giraffe faint all the time, seeing as it has a human-sized heart and absurdly high blood pressure? Why are crocodiles hopeless at chewing, when they have the strongest bite of all animals, and why does a giant squid have three hearts and pass food through its brain? As the team of experts--literally--delve into the animals, they discover the answers to these, and many more fascinating, questions, revealing how evolution can explain the often baffling biology of elephants, sharks, giraffes, big cats, hippos, crocodiles, camels, whales, kangaroos, giant squids and more.

Using an interactive approach, and featuring innovative new elements in both design and production, the book offers an alternative take on natural history, giving readers a unique chance to see for themselves how evolution has shaped the anatomy of some of nature's most magnificent animals.

Praise for the television series:

"Ironically for a programme about cold, dead beasts, what's great about 'Inside Nature's Giants' is the warm humanism of everyone involved. These people aren't dissecting corpses as part of some dry educational exercise: they're delving, exploring, learning new things themselves, and doing so with palpable excitement. They display such infectious enthusiasm for their work, such quiet admiration of nature, it's impossible not to get drawn in yourself."
- Charlie Brooker's Screen Burn Guardian

"Enthralling, educational and wonderfully weird."
- Daily Telegraph

"Proof yet again that Earth holds creatures vastly stranger than any alien dreamed up for a sci-fi film."
- Sunday Express

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David Dugan is the series producer of Inside Nature's Giants and chairman of the independent production company Windfall Films. He has won many awards for his programmes, including Emmys, RTS Awards, and a BAFTA for Inside Nature's Giants. He is editor and lead author of this book of the TV series. Contributing authors include: Mark Evans, veterinary scientist and presenter; Joy Reidenberg, professor of comparative anatomy; Simon Watt, science presenter, and Jamie Lochhead, Alex Tate, Tom Mustill and Peter Fison from the Inside Nature's Giants production team.

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