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Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the Rise of Insects

Planet of the Bugs Evolution and the Rise of Insects 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

  • Title: Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the Rise of Insects
  • Author: Scott Richard Shaw
  • ISBN: 9780226163611
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 preeminenceDinosaurs, 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 innovations 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 aquatic 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, and 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.

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    1. The golden, salad days of wasp parasitism: "…Back in the very early days of internal parasitism, one of the wasps managed to soil its own hypodermic ovipositor with some virus… particles were injected, along with a wasp egg, into a hapless host insect. The virus replicateddisabling the immune system Once immune systems were disabled eggs and larvae could wallow in insect blood."Parasitic wasps, particularly the wicked tiny ones, are Shaw's particular thing in Entomolgy so it's no surprise th [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 sleep but on the whole it was a fascinating and insightful read.Scott Richard Shaw has a great conversational tone with his writing that really makes it approachable. He also has a gen [...]

    4. 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 more 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 foun [...]

    5. 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.

    6. 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 concise book.Rise of the Arthropods - Cambrian (541-485 mya) and Ordovician (485-444 mya) periods- the arthropods developed in the early Cambrian, featuring the external skeleton, segmented body and multi-jointed legs- trilobite diversity peaked during the late Cambrian, then de [...]

    7. 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 "ecdysis" in the middle of reading a paragraph, this is not the book for you. There's nothing WRONG with that, that's just your style of reading.If you like science and have a passing familiarity with insects and some related terminology, this is an interesting look at how early proto-insects might have come about and their subsequent species explosions. I [...]

    8. A surprisingly accessible account of the history of life on earth. Humans are shown to be egocentric interpreters of fossilized evidence. Shaw details the roles that "bugs" and other micro-organisms have played in evolution. As a lifelong amateur entomologist, I was thrilled that the narrative went far beyond the pop culture stories of insect curiosities. Who knew that every state has an official state fossil? Why oil was was only formed during one era? Why dinosaurs grew wings (to catch insects [...]

    9. The author's over-eager attempts at populism were a little off-putting. I think that he could have given his readership a little more credit at being able to understand things from a more technical perspective, given some explication. Still, pretty interesting. I wished he'd taken a broader view, rather than using the lens of history to slowly zoom in on his chosen research speciality (parasitic wasps).

    10. I really loved this book. I am fascinated by the world of entomology, and if I had to choose a field to go into (other than what I am doing now), I would no doubt be an entomologist. I found Shaw's writing to be so easy to read, scientific yet written like a story. This is a book that could be enjoyed by someone who knows absolutely nothing about insects, but also stimulating enough for a trained entomologist.

    11. Not bad and quite pleasant to read but rather for absolute beginners in the matter. For a laymen with some knowledge already about insect philogeny may be dissapointing and far too superficial. I wish there would be more for example about my favorite group Dipterans, who are mentioned on only 5 pages while dinosaurs on many, many more.

    12. The book presents a history of the evolution of insects. It starts with a discussion on how species are defined and classified, and then proceeds chronologically through the geological periods, with roughly a chapter on each. While the main topic is insects, each chapter provides the necessary context about the environment (the other forms of life, the geology).

    13. Disappointing, as much as I hate to say that of a book about insects. The writing style was often labored & rather over-cute, as if the author wasn't quite accustomed to a general audience, and he seemed to present a great many assumptions that weren't backed up by facts (such as saying a dinosaur with big jaws must have been a predator, not a scavenger, because after all it had big jaws).

    14. Finally, a book on the evolutionary history of insects! Learn about cute insect precursors such as human-sized scorpion-like Eurypterids, leggy 6 foot long Carboniferous Period Millipedes and the nasty habits of parasitic wasps. Everything is here to warm the hearts of armchair entomologists!

    15. Very nice overview of the evolution of our crawling friends. Very readable style and I not only learned some things, but it helped build some context for the information nicely. Good science and a good book.

    16. Bugs have been around a long time and there are lots of them. And they're probable on other planets too (or something very much like them).

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