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Adaptation and Natural Selection in Caves: the Evolution of Gammarus Minus, Culver, David C. ; Kane, Thomas C. ; Fong, Daniel W.
1 Culver, David C. ; Kane, Thomas C. ; Fong, Daniel W. Adaptation and Natural Selection in Caves: the Evolution of Gammarus Minus
0674004256 / 9780674004252; The harsh environment of caves - dark, damp, sparse of food - is home to a variety of 'bizarre' creatures. Biologists, for their part, often treate thee delicate, colorless organisms having no eyes, or at least greatly reduced eyes, as mere oddities with little to tell us about a topic as grand as evolution. Focusing on one cave-dwelling crustacean, Gammarus minus, this books shows that, to the contrary, cave life can provide a valuable empirical model for the study of evolution, particularly adaptation. A detailed evolutionary study of a single organism in a particular environment, this book advances Gammarus minus as a paradigm for cave colonization and adaptation, and as a general case study of the role of natural selection and adaptation in evolution. " 223 pages, indexed, with references and glossary. Binding is cloth. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Harvard Univ Pr
Cambridge, MA, 1995, First Edition
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What is Life?, Margulis, Lynn & Sagan, Dorion; Eldredge, Niles (Foreword by)
2 Margulis, Lynn & Sagan, Dorion; Eldredge, Niles (Foreword by) What is Life?
0684810875 / 9780684810874; A Peter N. Nevraumont book. What is life? Is a scientific and philosophical exploration of this most fascinating question. What is death? ; they delve into the origins of life and examine Earth's status as a superorganism, the biological connection between programmed death and sex, the symbiotic evolution of the five organic kingdoms (bacteria, protoctists, animals, fungi, and plants) , the solar basis of the global heat-exchange economy, and the startling suggestion that life - not only human life - is free to act and has played an unexpectedly large part in its own evolution. Illustrated primarily in color, including microscopic views. Included are endnotes, illustration credits and an index. There is a 1/2" black mark on the bottom pages. The binding is orange; the jacket has a repaired 3/4" tear at the top front by the flap. The jacket is in a protective cover. ; 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall
Simon & Schuster
New York, NY, 1995, First Edition
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3 Tattersall, Ian The Monkey in the Mirror: Essays on the Science of What Makes Us Human
0151005206 / 9780151005208; Widely regarded as one of the rare eminent scientists who is also a graceful writer, Ian Tattersall takes up some of the most controversial questions in evolutionary theory in this extraordinary set of essays. Tattersall stresses that living creatures, including humans, are not finely enginered organisms with every component perfectedly adapted to their function. We are - thank goodness - jury-rigged, improvised beings, owing as much to chance as to adaptation. And that's true of all living creatures. Evolutionary theory isn't a finite set of conlcusions based on overwhelming evidence: It's our evolving effort to make sense out of a handful of incomplete fossil remains. The fundamental questions of our origins - and our evolutionary future - find new life in this extraordinary book, full of delightful stories, scientific wisdom, and fresh insight. 203 pages. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Orlando, Florida, U. S. A., 2001, First Edition
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