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  • Hardcover
  • 256
  • Planet of the Bugs
  • Scott Richard Shaw
  • en
  • 03 February 2018
  • 9780226163611

10 thoughts on “Planet of the Bugs

  1. says:

    This book is not for the scientifically illiterate If you don't know what a pronotum is or are unwilling to look up the meaning of the word ecdy

  2. says:

    This is a well written work popular science work on the fossil history of insects throughout the world from their origins up until today in terms of their evolution interaction with environments of the past and in some cases extinction With

  3. says:

    This book covers a really interesting subject but the author almost spoils things He's an extremely awkward guide alternately dropping strident monologues about the importance of bugs really bad poetry and journal entries and self aggrandizing preening about his accomplishments with bonus petty digs at his grad students Clearly he or his editor intended to pitch this to a general pop sci audience but they did a lazy job of it and

  4. says:

    The author reviews the development of insects through the geological periods Attention is given to the geological state of the earth and to the other life forms that were prevalent in each period A very interesting and co

  5. says:

    The golden salad days of wasp parasitism Back in the very early days of internal parasitism one of the wasps managed to soi

  6. says:

    This is an interesting look at the evolution and rise of insects from the Cambrian to the present day Professor Shaw details the roles that arthropods and specifically insects have played in evolution and how these creatures affected the evolution of plants and other animal species He takes a look at why oil was was only formed during the Car

  7. says:

    The First StepsFrom the earliest invasion of land to today's uncounted millions the Arthropods have dominated our planet On land the jointed foot clan is mostly represented by the insects and this is their story In Planet of the Bugs biologist Scott Richard Shaw takes the reader on the ultimate field trip; back to those f

  8. says:

    When do children lose their rubbernecked uality? asks Scott Richard Shaw when talking about little children fascin

  9. says:

    So first off if you don't like bugs especially wasps to some degree I wouldn't recommend this Reading some of the numbers off to my husband was probably not wise as he was very uncomfortable with them If you do enjoy insects though I really do recommend this I will admit on my sleepier days it did put me to sle

  10. says:

    I loved this book I am not sure exactly why Maybe it was Shaw's conversational tone and his enthusiasm for the subject Millions of species of bugs with all manner of clever solutions to life challenges

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Planet of the Bugs

Dinosaurs however toothy did not rule the earth and neither do humans But what were and are the true potentates of our planet Insects says Scott Richard Shaw millions and millions of insect species Starting in the shallow oceans of ancient Earth and ending in the far reaches of outer space where Shaw proposes insect like aliens may have achieved similar preeminence Planet of the Bugs spins a sweeping account of insects’ evolution from humble arthropod ancestors into the bugs we know and love or fear and hate today Leaving no stone unturned Shaw explores how evolutionary innovatio. This book covers a really interesting subject but the author almost spoils things He s an extremely awkward guide alternately dropping strident monologues about the importance of bugs really bad poetry and journal entries and self aggrandizing preening about his accomplishments with bonus petty digs at his grad students Clearly he or his editor intended to pitch this to a general pop sci audience but they did a lazy job of it and the tone is an odd mishmash There s not enough detail or explanation of certain points for a lay audience but it s also too breezy for a specialist I wish there had been detailed descriptions of the creatures he describes because I often had to turn to secondary sources to learn about the bugs the author mentions Further the last chapter and postscript are both embarrassing in their own ways one is a gawky paean to the diversity of the insect world and the other is a sweaty fantasy of cosmological importance for the author s chosen field without proof or plausibility Despite these serious faults I enjoyed the book because he s right that the vast proliferation and evolutionary success of arthropods of various kinds is a fascinating topic and a lynchpin for almost every conceivable ecological web on this world

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Ns such as small body size wings metamorphosis and parasitic behavior have enabled insects to disperse widely occupy increasingly narrow niches and survive global catastrophes in their rise to dominance Through buggy tales by turns bizarre and comical from caddisflies that construct portable houses or weave silken auatic nets to trap floating debris to parasitic wasp larvae that develop in the blood of host insects and by storing waste products in their rear ends are able to postpone defecation until after they emerge he not only unearths how changes in our planet’s geology flora a. This is an interesting look at the evolution and rise of insects from the Cambrian to the present day Professor Shaw details the roles that arthropods and specifically insects have played in evolution and how these creatures affected the evolution of plants and other animal species He takes a look at why oil was was only formed during the Carboniferous era Why dinosaurs grew wings to catch insects Why insects don t live in the ocean Why the age of fishes is a misnomer I also found the author s Buggy Universe Hypothesis rather interestingThe book is easy to read but makes extensive use of scientific insect terminology so if that bothers you this is not a book for you

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Nd fauna contributed to insects’ success but also how in return insects came to shape terrestrial ecosystems and amplify biodiversity Indeed in his visits to hyperdiverse rain forests to highlight the current insect extinction crisis Shaw reaffirms just how crucial these tiny beings are to planetary health and human survival In this age of honeybee die offs and bedbugs hitching rides in the spines of library books Planet of the Bugs charms with humor affection and insight into the world’s six legged creatures revealing an essential importance that resonates across time and space. When do children lose their rubbernecked uality asks Scott Richard Shaw when talking about little children fascinated by bugs It s a valid uestion for him because Planet of the Bugs feels like a an eight year old in a toy store switching attention from toy to another without purpose or sense talking excitedly about each of them randomly and abandoning them in the middle of the story to start telling another It s not like the content of the book doesn t have the potential to be interesting the author went to a lot of places and read a lot of material as an enthusiast does but with absolutely no narrative thread and no structure to the chapters Planet of the Bugs serves neither as an anecdotal journey in the world of insects and spiders and the like nor as a possible reference piece I mean even Shaw s reason to get into arthropods feels like a boring version of the Spiderman origin story I am paraphrasing here One day I stumbled upon a bug and from then on I was hooked It was a hook beetle you see Bottom line I really wanted to like this book but it was just not well written


About the Author: Scott Richard Shaw

Professor of Entomology and Insect Museum Curator University of Wyoming Laramie WY July 1993 to present