It’s giveaway time!! In honor of surpassing 12,000 likes on Facebook (thank you SO MUCH you guys! & please like me if you haven’t already) I’m giving away 3 copies of Quentin Wheeler and Sarah Pennak’s new book What on Earth?: 100 of Our Planet’s Most Amazing New Species. It’s basically The Featured Creature in book form!! < Maybe one day I will be able to have my own book to give away πŸ™‚

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The book features visually striking images alongside surprising facts about each new species. What on Earth? is a testament to the incredible and ever-evolving diversity of our planet.

Some highlights include:

β€’ A dangerous cobra that can spit its venom almost ten feet
β€’ A miniscule orchid that is less than a half-inch wide
β€’ A rainforest mushroom named after the cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants
β€’ A beautiful seahorse that changes colors to protect itself from predators
β€’ A stick insect that is as long as a man’s arm

To be eligible for a chance to win a free copy of What on Earth? please do the following:

1. tweet me @ftcreature using the hashtag #featuredcreaturegiveaway OR Facebook me @The Featured Creature using the same hashtag.
2. leave a comment below that you have done so! Include your twitter/facebook username.

I will randomly choose 3 winners from the comments section in three days so don’t forget to leave a comment after you’ve tweeted/facebooked me! πŸ™‚

A little about Quentin Wheeler, the author:

Quentin Wheeler is a scientist, author, lecturer, professor, and science administrator. He is currently professor, jointly appointed in the School of Sustainability and School of Life Sciences, at Arizona State University where he is also a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Global Institute of Sustainability and Founding Director of the International Institute for Species Exploration. He received his PhD from The Ohio State University. Before joining ASU in 2006, he was a professor at Cornell University for 24 years, director of the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia, and Keeper and Head of Entomology in The Natural History Museum in London, England. From 2007 to 2011, Wheeler was University Vice President and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. His research interests focus on the exploration and sustainability of biodiversity; the roles of taxonomy and natural history museums in science and society; and the evolution, natural history, and classification of beetles. He lives in Tempe, Arizona, with his wife Marie and Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Maddie. Wheeler has published more than 150 scientific articles, and named more than 100 new species. His books include Fungus-Insect Relationships: Perspectives in Ecology and Evolution; Extinction and Phylogeny; Species Concepts and Phylogenetic Theory: A Debate; The New Taxonomy; Letters to Linnaeus; and What on Earth?

Be sure to visit Amazon to purchase your own copy if you’re not selected as a giveaway winner! I mean, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this compendium of the 100 coolest, weirdest, and most intriguing new species of this century as determined by the International Institute for Species Exploration. Definitely not.