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Death on Earth: Adventures in Evolution and Mortality Paperback – 18 May 2017

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Sigma; Reprint edition (18 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472915097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472915092
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 902,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An altogether eye-opening, engaging, and enjoyably humorous (but never distasteful) guided tour through the world of death. (Science)

What becomes clear in this impossibly bouncy, Tiggerish work is that living things have more ways of dying than we could ever imagine. (Daily Mail)

... funny, clever, but also chock full of science ... a book that's a genuine pleasure to read. (Discover Magazine)

A fascinating read that offers incredible snippets about how life is never wasted, and provides a fresh, less gloomy outlook on our ultimate fate. (BBC Wildlife)

Genuinely funny and busy with intriguing detail ... Howard shares with science writers like Ed Yong an aptitude for teaming attention-grabbing zoology with astute and well-researched analysis. (New Humanist)

Death on Earth fizzes with with life. Howard, whether dressed in waterproof trousers to protect him from rotting pig flesh, or clutching a dead magpie to his chest while looking for a suitable place to watch it decay, makes for the most extraordinary psychopomp. I cried with laughter as he tackled this most persistent of taboos, and yet at the same time was strangely moved by the intensity of his care. It has been oddly reassuring to walk alongside Jules on his exploration of the last great frontier. (Katharine Norbury, author of The Fish Ladder)

Jules Howard celebrates wonderful, vibrant life in the face of death. Drawing on what we can learn from the living, from the cells in your body to geriatric clams and naked mole rats, he allows us to approach and even appreciate why lives, like all good stories, have endings. (Brian Switek, author of My Beloved Brontosaurus)

Hidden in a breezy overview of death in the animal kingdom rages a life-and-death war that puts into perspective our human struggles with mortality. Death on Earth gives us insight into who we are and why we are special - and not so special - when compared to our animal brethren. (Megan Rosenbloom, director of Death Salon)

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There is nothing more life-affirming than understanding death in all its forms

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