Why Animals Talk is an exhilarating journey through the untamed world of animal communication. Drawing on the author's extensive research and observations of animals in the wild, the book shatters conventional wisdom and invites you to experience communication through the eyes of animals themselves.
From the majestic howls of wolves and the enchanting chatter of parrots to the melodic clicks of dolphins and the spirited grunts of chimpanzees, these diverse and seemingly bizarre expressions are far from mere noise. In fact, they hold secrets that we are just beginning to decipher. For example, wolves – just like humans – possess unique accents that distinguish their howls, and not only do dolphins give themselves names, but they also respond excitedly to recordings of the whistles of long-lost companions.
Why Animals Talk unravels the mysteries of animal communication, and in doing so reveals profound insights into our own language and how it relates to the world around us.
Dr Arik Kershenbaum is a zoologist, College Lecturer and Fellow at Girton College, University of Cambridge. He has researched animal vocal communication for over a decade in Europe, Israel and the United States and has published more than twenty academic publications on the topic. His previous book, The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy, was a Times/Sunday Times Book of the Year and was published in nine languages.
A wonderfully insightful sidelong look at Earthly biology -- Richard Dawkins, on The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy
Crawls with curious facts * Sunday Times, on The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy *
A fascinating insight into the deepest of questions: what might an alien actually look like -- Lewis Dartnell, author of Origins, on The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy
If you don't want to be surprised by extraterrestrial life, look no further than this lively overview of the laws of evolution that have produced life on earth -- Frans de Waal, author of Mama's Last Hug, on The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy
A fascinating plunge into the deep-time history of life on Earth and animal evolution in all its glorious diversity * The Times, on The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy *
Entertaining . . . the real joy springs from Kershenbaum's exploration of the laws of biology that have shaped the bizarre variety of living creatures on our own world - and will do so on any other * The Times/Sunday Times, Science Books of the Year, on The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy *