Almost done with chapter 3 and so far, so fluffy and easily digestible. It reminds me a lot of some of the animal-related science programs on TV that I used to be glued to as a kid (and that I sometimes still enjoy watching) — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; they did / do get quite a bit of interesting information across, even if somewhat superficial in actual science terms. As a result, there are a number of things I already knew going in (e.g., the Komodo dragon’s bite and the garter snakes’ fake-female pheromenes featured in a program I watched just recently), but there’s enough that I hadn’t heard about before to keep me interested.
The humor was funny for about 5 pages, then it got a bit much and I started getting a sort of “one-upmanship” vibe between the two authors as to who could come up with the funnier turn of phrase, and it began to intrude into the text. I’m glad that by the beginning of chapter 3 they seem to have been over it and are now keeping it to more bearable levels.
Props for mentioning a scientist from my (German) alma mater, Bonn University! (Prof. Helmut Schmitz, he of the scorched-wood-detecting fire beetles — whose actual research paper can incidentally be read HERE, in case anybody is interested.)
The building where Bonn University’s Institute of Zoology is located (an erstwhile palace of the Archbishop / Electoral Prince of Cologne)