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Nature's Giants - The Biology and Evolution of the World's Largest Lifeforms (Hardcover) Loot Price: R505
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Nature's Giants - The Biology and Evolution of the World's Largest Lifeforms (Hardcover): Graeme D. Ruxton

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Nature's Giants - The Biology and Evolution of the World's Largest Lifeforms (Hardcover)

Graeme D. Ruxton; Foreword by Norman Owen-Smith

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A beautifully illustrated exploration of the science behind the awe-inspiring giants of past and present

The colossal plants and animals of our world-dinosaurs, whales, and even trees-are a source of unending fascination, and their sheer scale can be truly impressive. Size is integral to the way that organisms experience the world: a puddle that a human being would step over without thinking is an entire world to thousands of microscopic rotifers. But why are creatures the size that they are? Why aren't bugs the size of elephants, or whales the size of goldfish?

In this lavishly illustrated new book, biologist Graeme Ruxton explains how and why nature's giants came to be so big-for example, how decreased oxygen levels limited the size of insects and how island isolation allowed small-bodied animals to evolve larger body sizes. Through a diverse array of examples, from huge butterflies to giant squid, Ruxton explores the physics, biology, and evolutionary drivers behind organism size, showing what it's like to live large.

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Imprint: Yale University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2019
Authors: Graeme D. Ruxton
Foreword by: Norman Owen-Smith
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 19mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Cloth over boards
Pages: 224
ISBN-13: 978-0-300-23988-1
Categories: Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences
Books > Sport & Leisure > Natural history, country life & pets
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Life sciences: general issues
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Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Zoology & animal sciences > Vertebrates > Mammals
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Zoology & animal sciences > Vertebrates > Mammals > General
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LSN: 0-300-23988-2
Barcode: 9780300239881

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