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If you ever wondered what it is like to be a fish, parrot, dolphin, or an elephant, or thought whether animals experience thoughts that are similar to ours or have feelings of grief and love, you’ll want to check out Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel. You’ll discover that ants teach, parrots converse, rats laugh, cheetahs can die from heartbreak, and much more.

This book takes you on a dazzling odyssey into the inner world of animals and among the pioneering researchers who are leading the way into once-uncharted territory: the animal mind. The author uses her formidable gifts as a storyteller to transport you to field sites and laboratories around the world, introducing you to animal-cognition scientists and their surprisingly intelligent and sensitive subjects. She explores how this rapidly evolving, controversial field has only recently overturned old notions about why animals behave as they do. In this surprising and moving book, Morell brings the world of nature brilliantly alive in a nuanced, deeply felt appreciation of the human-animal bond.

About the Author

Virginia Morell is an author of science and natural history books, and a prolific contributor to Science, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and other publications. She loves writing about the natural world and how scientists are exploring it, and lives in Ashland, Oregon, with her husband and fellow-writer, Michael McRae, her American Working Farm Collie, Buckaroo, and a sweet, but camera-shy Calico kitty, Nini.

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    8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
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    7.68 ounces
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    Virginia Morell
  • Publication Date
    Mar 25, 2014
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    Penguin Random House
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    Wonderful Book!

    By Yesa on Aug 18, 2018

    This book covers the basics of cognition in animals, ranging from fish to mammals. The author has done an excellent job of interviewing experts in their respective field of study and transcribing her accounts to this book. I would recommend this to anyone who has a general interest in the mental lives of animals.

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