A Visitor's Notes | Simon Barnes

February 23, 2015 2:23 PM

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A Visitor's Notes | Simon Barnes

What a long, strange trip it's been. Every step confirmed the truth: that life on earth is not weirder than we imagine: it's weirder than we are capable of imagining. In the course of my journey through the entire animal kingdom I realized that human society would be better if only we were more like vampire bats, and I learned about a six-legged bear that you can boil, freeze and shoot into space without killing it.

I set off to write a book about the entire animal kingdom, a reckless project considering that it contains (conservative estimate) ten million species, hence the book's title. And as I did so I learned not so much about what separates us as what unites us. We humans are animals too: mammals along wi...

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