Fearsome Fauna

A Field Guide to the Creatures That Live in You

Roger M. Knutson

Henry Holt and Co.

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Hypochondriacs beware-- would you believe the nastiest creatures in the known universe live inside our bodies? Not content to just find a home and produce offspring in our internal space, parasites will drink our blood, eat our cells, and infest our muscles. There is very little that can be said in their favor, with perhaps one exception-- they are truly fascinating!

Fearsome Fauna is a wickedly amusing and startlingly informative look into the secret world of these fascinating creatures. Perhaps the greatest biological success story of all time (there are more kinds of parasites than insects), parasites have found homes in the vast majority of people on earth and have learned to live in their environment without destroying it (usually). For readers who would like to meet these hardworking beasts-- or learn how to avoid them-- Fearsome Fauna tells you everything you always wanted to know about parasites but were too disgusted or terrified to ask.

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Fearsome Fauna
1Is There Room for All Those Parasites?A proper Victorian lady is supposed to have thought of herself as being of solid wood from the neck down. Whatever problems that vision of the human body might have caused or prevented in a previous century, I suspect that it is closer to the way most of us think of the inside of ourselves than teachers of anatomy would like to believe. Sure, we know that some people have internal parts removed or even replaced, and we know the names of a number of things that are in there somewhere and maybe even approximately where they are located.

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"You might want to spend the rest of the day scrubbing yourself under a hot shower after you read Furtive Fauna."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"This off-beat guide reads like a science textbook that comedian Jerry Seinfeld and "The Far Side" cartoonist Gary Larson got ahold of before it went to press."--Santa Barbara News-Press

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Roger M. Knutson

Roger M. Knutson is professor emeritus of biology at Luther College in Iowa. He is author of the now-classic Flattened Fauna: A Field Guide to Common Animals of Roads, Streets, and Highways and Furtive Fauna: A Field Guide to the Creatures Who Live on You.

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Fearsome Fauna
A Field Guide to the Creatures That Live in You
Roger M. Knutson

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Henry Holt and Co.
April 2011
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ISBN: 9781429933773
ISBN10: 1429933771
124 pages
$7.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
W. H. Freeman
April 1999
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780716733867
ISBN10: 0716733862
4 1/4 x 8 inches, 124 pages
$9.95
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