Man Eaters - Michael BrightRobson Books, 2000, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper.
From the cover: “The thought of being eaten alive by a wild animal naturally fills us with horror but this is not a new feeling. While our earliest primate anthropoid ancestors were plucking the odd insect from the trees, the evidence of skulls bearing teeth puncture marks reveals that they themselves were being snatched by fierce predators. Human ‘intelligence’ generally keeps us safe but if you strip away our sophisticated technology, man becomes a weak and defenceless being, an easy target for powerful predators. However, the fact remains that wild animals are curiously wary of people, and under normal circumstances avoid us. So what turns an animal to man-eating? Michael Bright’s fascinating and scrupulously researched book gathers together a range of accounts from around the world to address this intriguing question. Examining the horrifying cases of wolves snatching children in India, or gruesome reports of man-eating sharks and crocodiles, it is easy to imagine that these animals merely enjoy the taste of human flesh. However, we are reminded that there are a variety of possible motives for these attacks, from the obvious one of self-defence, to reasons of old-age or injury, mistaken identity and the fact that predators are losing their natural living space as the world continues to develop. There is an underlying fascination and terror for animals that have the potential to eat us. This global investigation by one of the country’s leading natural history experts provides compelling reading matter, and raises pertinent questions concerning the natural world and our place within it.”