The Power of…

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wild World -

RA­DIO 4, BIT.LY/THEPOWEROF We tend to be­lieve that an­i­mals that are big­ger, faster and more com­pet­i­tive will have the evo­lu­tion­ary edge over their ri­vals. But through a series of 28-minute episodes, zo­ol­o­gist Lucy Cooke prises be­neath our pre­con­cep­tions about the nat­u­ral world to find some un­likely truths.

In The Power of Pe­tite, dis­cover why be­ing small can be an ad­van­tage in a world of limited re­sources. While in The Power of Peace, PhD student Dani Rabaiotti ex­plains how African wild dogs are ac­tu­ally the most com­pas­sion­ate and car­ing of ca­nines. And the fastest doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily win the race… if you’re a sloth.

Packed with in­ter­est­ing facts, per­sonal anec­dotes and quips, Lucy’s light touch makes the po­ten­tially weighty sub­ject of evo­lu­tion­ary sci­ence a breeze. Catherine Smal­ley

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