Nature emerges as a realm where truth is stranger than fiction, e.g. 100-ton mushrooms, egg-swapping birds, extinct ground sloths, and microbes inside our bodies. 'Rummage around for a genetic peek at some beguiling creatures, and thereby gain a sense of nature's bounty and the eclectic lifestyles of some of its more outlandish occupants'.
John C. Avise, an award winning geneticist, guides this voyage around the planet in search of answers to nature's mysteries. He demonstrates how scientists directly examine DNA to address long standing questions about wild animals, plants, and microbes. Through dozens of stories that span the earth from the Arctic to tropical jungles to the depths of the ocean, nature emerges as a realm where truth can be far stranger than fiction.