Title: WTF, Evolution?!: A Theory of Unintelligible Design
Author: Mara Grunbaum
Genre: Nonfiction, Science, Humor
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Release Date: September 8th, 2014
Source: Borrowed from the library
We all have our off days. Why should Evolution be any different? Maybe Evolution got carried away with an idea that was just a little too crazy—like having the Regal Horned Lizard defend itself by shooting three-foot streams of blood from its eyes. Or maybe Evolution ran out of steam (Memo to Evolution: The Irrawaddy Dolphin looks like a prototype that should have been left on the drawing board). Or maybe Evolution was feeling cheeky—a fish with hands? Joke’s on you, Red Handfish! Or maybe Evolution simply goofed up: How else to explain the overgrown teeth of the babirusas that curl backward over their face? Oops.
In three words: Hilarious. Must read.
This is a quick read, more a coffee table book than anything else. It’s filled with gorgeous full-color pictures of bizarre animals, accompanied by facts about their bizarre evolutionary adaptations and a healthy dose of hilarity.
As scientific and educational books go, this may well be my favorite (at least of the short reads). I highly recommend it, even if you aren’t into biology.
I’m a coffee-fueled, hobby-addicted bibliophage who makes cruelty-free mineral eye shadows (inspired by novels). I’m usually in front of a screen (writing, reading, or gaming), but I’ve been known to emerge for geekery, good food, and dark chocolate.