Ape (Animal) by John Sorenson

By John Sorenson

Apes—to examine them is to determine a replicate of ourselves. Our shut genetic kinfolk fascinate and unnerve us with their comparable habit and social character. the following, John Sorenson delves into our conflicted courting to the nice apes, which regularly finds as a lot approximately us as people because it does concerning the apes themselves.

From bonobos and chimpanzees to gibbons, gorillas, and orangutans, Ape examines the various methods those notable animals usually function types for people. Anthropologists use their habit to aid clarify our basic human nature; scientists make the most of them as matters in biomedical study; and behavioral researchers test with methods apes emulate us. Sorenson explores the demanding situations to the advanced department among apes and ourselves, describing language experiments, efforts to cross-foster apes by way of elevating them as human teenagers, and the moral demanding situations posed via the nice Ape undertaking. in addition, Ape investigates representations of apes in pop culture, fairly motion pictures and ads during which apes are frequently portrayed as human caricatures, monsters, and clowns.

Containing approximately 100 illustrations of apes in nature and tradition, Ape will entice readers drawn to animal-human relationships and someone curious to grasp extra approximately our closest animal cousins, a lot of whom teeter close to extinction.

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Attracting beetles with baited and unbaited pitfall traps or a black light and sheet will also maximize your efforts in the field. Forceps made of spring aluminum, known as “featherweights,” are extremely useful for picking up small beetles, while camelhair brushes are used to probe for and dislodge beetles from their resting and hiding places. Aspirators are used suck up small beetles into a glass or plastic vial. Hand lenses are small and compact devices for revealing beetle anatomy and other details that might otherwise escape notice by the naked eye.

Although September marks the beginning of the wet season in northern California, the southern part of the state usually must wait another month or more. The amount of rainfall generally decreases from north to south and increases with elevation. Good winter rains stimulate plant growth from late March through early June, which in turn triggers a flush of insect activity, especially of plant-feeding beetles. Spring The sudden profusion of spring flowers in the Colorado and Mojave Deserts in March and April creates a haven for pollen- and flower-feeding beetles, as well as those that scour the desert floor for dried bits of plants or animal remains.

Go to 3 3a Head with snout (a distinctly elongated region in front of eyes) Weevils (Curculionidae) Net-winged beetles (Lycidae) Seed beetles (Bruchinae, Chrysomelidae) Leaf-rolling weevils (Attelabidae) Narrow-waisted bark beetles (Salpingidae)* Pine weevils (Nemonychidae)* Fungus weevils (Anthribidae)* Straight-snouted weevils (Brentidae)* 3b Head without snout . . . . . . . . . . . ) I L L U S T R AT E D K E Y T O FA M I L I E S 31 4a Elytra short, exposing one or more complete segments, or elytra absent .

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