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The story behind the stunning, extreme weapons we see in the animal world—teeth and horns and claws—and what they can tell us about the way humans develop and use arms and other weapons

In Animal Weapons, Douglas Emlen takes us outside the lab and deep into the forests and jungles where he’s been studying animal weapons in nature for years, to explain the processes behind the most intriguing and curious examples of extreme animal weapons—fish with mouths larger than their bodies and bugs whose heads are so packed with muscle they don’t have room for eyes. As singular and strange as some of the weapons we encounter on these pages are, we learn that similar factors set their evolution in motion. Emlen uses these patterns to draw parallels to the way we humans develop and employ our own weapons, and have since battle began. He looks at everything from our armor and camouflage to the evolution of the rifle and the structures human populations have built across different regions and eras to protect their homes and communities. Animal Weapons brings us the complete story of how weapons reach their most outsized, dramatic potential, and what the results we witness in the animal world can tell us about our own relationship with weapons of all kinds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Outstanding…Emlen’s book on animal warfare reveals a world far more fascinating and intriguing than one we could summon with our imagination.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A skilled storyteller, Emlen takes the reader to Panama to observe dueling Harlequin beetles; to Tanzania to collect elephant excrement—and other dung beetles that live on it; and to tropical forests, where stalk-eyes flies defend their harems of females.”


  • “Sean Runnette narrates in a warm voice that infuses life into Emlen’s anecdotes while projecting authority when explaining the scientific elements of animal and human weaponry. Most importantly, Runnette consistently captures Emlen’s awe and curiosity—whether he’s exploring the world of elephants, dung beetles, or humans. Runnette’s consistent tone clearly ties the book together and helps listeners understand the value in studying animal weaponry to better appreciate human weaponry.”


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