Venom: the secrets of nature's deadliest weapon

30 November 2017

In collaboration with the Natural History Museum's Ronald Jenner, Dr Eivind Unheim has published Venom: the secrets of nature's deadliest weapon.

The pair explore the biology and evolution of nature's ultimate weapon, its astonishing adaptive value, and the incredible array of species which rely on it for predation, defence, competition and more from snakes and scorpions to Gila monsters and platypuses.

Eivind's research at the Centre focuses on the evolution of venoms and venom systems, covering a diverse range of animals with a particular focus on centipedes.

"An insightful read, revealing the staggering diversity of mechanisms for venom delivery, the chemical cocktails it contains, how it evolved and the ways in which it is contributing to other branches of science, particularly medicine. Far from being relished as ghoulish, in this book venom is celebrated as one of evolution’s most spectacular adaptations."

BBC Wildlife Magazine

The book is the print accompaniment of the Venom: Killer and Cure exhibition that is currently on display in at the Natural History Museum in London, and will be open until May 2018. Highly rated by The Times and The Londonist, the exhibition houses a fasinating collection of the world's most venemous creatures. Patrons can get up close to a range of specimens including snakes, centipedes, snails and scorpions.

Goliath Birdeater Spider on display at the Venom: Killer and Cure exhibition in London.
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