Linda Wilbrecht reviews Wildhood: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers (Scribner, 2019) in Science Magazine.
An enduring story plot finds a youth suddenly alone in the world, struggling to find shelter from the elements, safety from predators, food, and new friends. These struggles usually involve some tough lessons but ultimately lead to knowledge, a new identity, self-reliance, and maybe even love. In Wildhood, this theme comes to exhilarating life as evolutionary biologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and science writer Kathryn Bowers describe the challenges faced by adolescent animals.
Linda Wilbrecht, Coming of Age in the Animal Kingdom, reviewing Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, Wildhood: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals, 365(6460) Science 1386 (Sept. 27, 2019), https://science.sciencemag.org/content/365/6460/1386.1