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Consider the Platypus: Evolution through Biology's Most Baffling Beasts
 

Consider the Platypus: Evolution through Biology's Most Baffling Beasts (Hardback)

By Sandford, Maggie Ryan
Illustrated by Prato, Rodica

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Interested in the origins of the species? Consider the Platypus uses pets such as dogs and cats as well as animal outliers like the axolotl and naked mole rat to wittily tackle mind-bending concepts about how evolution, biology, and genetics work.

ISBN 9780316418393
Barcode 9780316418393
Published 27 August 2019 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishe
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780316418393
ISBN-10 0316418390
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Black Dog & Leventhal Publishe
Imprint Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc
Publication Date 27 August 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Sandford, Maggie Ryan
Illustrated by Prato, Rodica
Category Animals & Society
Evolution
Genetics (Non-Medical)
Mammals
Wild Animals
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 190mm
Height: 264mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 1,020g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Evolution Biology - Juvenile literature, Animals - Juvenile literature - Adaptation
NBS Text Natural History: Animal & Wildlife
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;General/trade
Dewey Code 576.8
Catalogue Code 1008084

Description of this Book

Interested in the origins of the species? Consider the Platypus uses pets such as dogs and cats as well as animal outliers like the axolotl and naked mole rat to wittily tackle mind-bending concepts about how evolution, biology, and genetics work. Consider the Platypus explores the history and features of more than 50 animals to provide insight into our current understanding of evolution. Using Darwin's theory as a springboard, Maggie Ryan Sandford details scientists' initial understanding of the development of creatures and how that has expanded in the wake of genetic sequencing, including the: Peppered Moth, which changed color based on the amount of soot in the London air; California Two-Spotted Octopus, which has the amazing ability to alter its DNA/RNA not over generations but during its lifetime; miniscule tardigrade, which is so hearty it can withstand radiation, lack of water and oxygen, and temperatures as low as -328 F and as high 304 F; and, of course, the platypus, which has so many disparate features, from a duck's bill to venomous spur to mammary patches, that scientists originally thought it was a hoax. Surprising, witty, and impeccably researched, Sandford describes each animal's significant features and how these have adapted to its environment, such as the zebra finch's beak shape, which was observed by Charles Darwin and is a cornerstone of his Theory of Evolution. With scientifically accurate but charming art by Rodica Prato, Consider the Platypus showcases species as diverse as the sloth, honey bee, cow, brown kiwi, and lungfish, to name a few, to tackle intimidating concepts is a accessible way.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Science buffs and animal lovers will gravitate to Consider the Platypus.... If you're intrigued by DNA-altering octopuses, radiation-withstanding tardigrades, and venomous platypuses, then you should pick [it] up! ---Ars Technica
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Maggie Ryan Sandford is a science journalist, broadcast media producer, researcher, award-winning comedy writer, speaker, and performer. She has been published in Smithsonian, Slate, Nautili.us, National Geographic, mental floss, Glamour, ComedyCentral.com, The Onion's A.V Club, and appeared regularly on All Things Considered and Freakonomics Tell Me Something You Don't Know. She also worked as a research associate at the Science Museum of Minnesota, where she studied the way people engage with science. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Rodica Prato's award-winning pen-and-ink work has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, books and advertisements, including many of Martha Stewart's books; the official map of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, drawn tree by tree; the Steinway history 88 Keys; a number of Garrison Keillor's covers, and detailed illustrations for The White House Historical Association. She lives in New York City.

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