September 2015 in Missoula, Montana: A Celebration of the Written Word
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Saturday, September 12 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Animal Weapons: Doug Emlen and Illustrator David J. Tuss

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“A great deal of the living world really is red in tooth and claw. That important principle has needed a real biologist to illustrate and explain it, now accomplished dramatically by Emlen's Animal WeaponsThe Evolution of Battle.

—Edward O. Wilson (Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist, Harvard University)

Join biologist Doug Emlen and illustrator David J. Tuss for a discussion on the production of Animal WeaponsThe Evolution of Battle.

About the book:

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, Doug 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. With stunning black and white drawings and gorgeous color illustrations of these concepts at work, 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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Jeanie Riess

For the past few years Jeanie Riess has been a writer and journalist in New Orleans. Most recently, she was a feature writer for The Gambit, but this fall she began graduate work at the University of Montana’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. Before moving home to New Orleans... Read More →

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Doug Emlen

Professor of biology, The University of Montana
Douglas Emlen is a professor of biology at the University of Montana. His adult book, Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle, won the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science in 2015, and his textbook, Evolution: Making Sense of Life, is presently adopted by more than 250 universities and... Read More →
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David Tuss

David J. Tuss is a graphic artist who specializes in blending technical accuracy with vivid, lifelike compositions. His work is featured in scientific articles, textbooks, and science literature. In addition to Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle his work has been featured on... Read More →

Saturday September 12, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm MDT
Holiday Inn - Madison 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

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