Auteur: Mike Hansell
Bowers gleaming with baubles and beads, delicate webs of silk, towering mounds complete with airconditioning, and graceful cradles sewn from leaves—these are just some of the remarkable feats achieved by animal architects. How do they do it?
How could such smallbrained creatures as wasps and termites work in teams to produce such seemingly complex structures? Mike Hansell uses a range of fascinating examples of animal builders to explore these questions, and considers what the answers tell us about evolution, animal intelligence, and whether we are indeed alone in the animal kingdom in possessing a sense of beauty.