Nature Made Ridiculously Simple; or How to Identify Absolutely Everything Paperback – 13 Dec 1984
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In the world of biologists there are "splitters", always trying to subdivide species into more species (eg over 400 British dandelions), and "lumpers", who chuck lots in together as just varieties of one species (eg no more than about 8 British dandelions). This book is the absurd result of extreme lumping of species: everything in nature is reduced to 15 "genera", each with just 10 "species", amusingly named and wryly observed. This book is guaranteed to keep splitters in contact with the real world, and to remind lumpers not to go too far.
Flying suitcase beetle
WWI single-seater biplane insect (identified by the accompanying cry "Hey look at that drag...." – but then it's gone).
Great white seabird (and its variant, the great black landbird)
The last bush (always found on its own at the top of a mountain or on a clifftop)
Dog-eared mousy chickenfeed (this is so nearly a real plant!)
Blind man's moustache (any plant so near the ground you have to get on your hands and knees to see it)
Things which can't fly in straight lines (includes butterflies, bats and of course also dead leaves)
Things which can swim a width underwater
I regularly buy several copies of this book, so I always have one handy to give away to any naturalist who has not come across it before. The best thing Miles Kington ever did.
This book is guaranteed to lighten up even the most depressing and gloomy day.
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