228pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019
"A brilliant and funny tour through mythology, evolution and the day-to-day innovations of scientific research … this is an entomological page-turner . ‘If there were no dung beetles,’ Byrne and Lunn write, ‘there might have been no human race … They literally change the earth beneath us.’ This book reveals that earthly transformation in fascinating and lucid detail." Bruce Beasley, Professor of English, Western Washington University
"Biology and history dance with the scarabs in this beautiful book with its wide-ranging perspectives on our changing understanding and appreciation of these marvellous creatures." Jane Carruthers, Carson fellow and Emeritus Professor and environmental historian, University of South Africa
"...some of the most insightful research on dung beetle behaviour is dealt with in this beautifully written and illustrated book. It is a fitting tribute to these remarkable insects and to the authors who have written about them in a scientifucally profound yet charmingly simple way." Clarke Scholtz, Emeritus Professor of Entomology, Department of Zoology And Entomology, University of Pretoria
Marcus Byrne is Professor in the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Science at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Helen Lunn has a PhD in Musicology. She edited three compilations of DRUM magazine and worked for Oprah Winfrey as South African coordinator and producer on a variety of educational projects.