Books

Animal weapons: Insights From Nature's Most Extravagant Structures

book cover with tiger and a knight

My new book,Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battleis being released this week (Henry Holt, Nov. 11, 2014).  Aimed primarily at non-academic audiences and illustrated lavishly by David Tuss, this book delves into the wonderful world of animals with crazy weapons. By peering into the forests and mountainsides where these animals lurk, and traipsing alongside the biologists who study them, this book weaves together the essential fabric of arms races: what they are, why and when they occur, and why they eventually come crashing down.  Throughout, the lessons learned from animal extremes are applied to our own past, revealing astonishing parallels between the arms races of antelope, beetles, and flies, on the one hand, and galleons, knights, and governments, on the other.

Animal Weapons website

Evolution: Making Sense of Life

book cover with three leaf beetles

by Carl Zimmer & Douglas Emlen

(Roberts & Company Publishers)

Available in Print and as interactive apps for the ipad, 2012.

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A Handbook of Biological Investigation, Seventh Edition

book cover with white caterpillars on brown leaves

By Ambrose, H.W.A. III., Ambrose, K. P., Emlen, D. J. and Bright, K. L.

(Hunter Textbooks Inc., Winston Salem, N.C.)

2007

A Handbook of Biological Investigation, Sixth Edition

book cover green leaf

By Ambrose, H.W.A. III., Ambrose, K. P., Emlen, D. J. and Bright, K. L.

(Hunter Textbooks Inc., Winston Salem, N.C.)

2002