The hidden life of life

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the hidden life of life

The Hidden Life of Life: A Walk Through the Reaches of Time by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

An iconoclast and best-selling author of both nonfiction and fiction, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing, thinking, and writing about the cultures of animals such as lions, wolves, dogs, deer, and humans. In this compulsively readable book, she provides a plainspoken, big-picture look at the commonality of life on our planet, from the littlest microbes to the largest lizards.

Inspired by the idea of symbiosis in evolution--that all living things evolve in a series of cooperative relationships--Thomas takes readers on a journey through the progression of life. Along the way she shares the universal likenesses, experiences, and environments of Gaias creatures, from amoebas in plant soil to the pets we love, from proud primates to Homo sapiens hunter-gatherers on the African savanna. Fervently rejecting anthropodenial, the notion that nonhuman life does not share characteristics with humans, Thomas instead shows that paramecia can learn, plants can communicate, humans arent really as special as we think we are--and that it doesnt take a scientist to marvel at the smallest inhabitants of the natural world and their connections to all living things.

A unique voice on anthropology and animal behavior, Thomas challenges scientific convention and the jargon that prevents us all from understanding all living things better. This joyfully written book is a fascinating look at the challenges and behaviors shared by creatures from bacteria to larvae to parasitic fungi, a potted hyacinth to the author herself, and all those in between.
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“A skillfully written, well-informed, and accessible reverie on the nature of life on Earth, both fascinating and highly recommended.” —Susan Waggoner.
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Did you know that trees can smell and even taste? Here is a modest introduction to a truly unique book., Acorns are a dietary staple of white-tailed deer and other species, and in a year bereft of acorns, Thomas decides to feed the deer store-bought corn. She slowly builds a pro-corn case, citing her own reasons, some of which are reasonable more deer will be killed by hunters than by deer feeders , some dubious, like the idea that even though it is perhaps wrong, other people do it, as she soon learns.

An iconoclast and best-selling author of both nonfiction and fiction, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing, thinking, and writing about the cultures of animals such as lions, wolves, dogs, deer, and humans. In this compulsively readable book, she provides a plainspoken, big-picture look at the commonality of life on our planet, from the littlest microbes to the largest lizards. Inspired by the idea of symbiosis in evolution--that all living things evolve in a series of cooperative relationships--Thomas takes readers on a journey through the progression of life. Along the way she shares the universal likenesses, experiences, and environments of "Gaia's creatures," from amoebas in plant soil to the pets we love, from proud primates to Homo sapiens hunter-gatherers on the African savanna. Fervently rejecting "anthropodenial," the notion that nonhuman life does not share characteristics with humans, Thomas instead shows that paramecia can learn, plants can communicate, humans aren't really as special as we think we are--and that it doesn't take a scientist to marvel at the smallest inhabitants of the natural world and their connections to all living things.

Thomas takes on a more skittish and elusive subject. What do deer want? The answer will not be a two-worder. Thomas lives in rural New Hampshire, and she began purposefully observing deer a few winters ago, after a season in which the trees in the Northeast produced a small acorn crop, and deer were starving. She began to leave out corn for them, against the strictures of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, which warned that feeding led to overpopulation and aggression, and drew deer dangerously away from their winter shelters.

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