Award-winning geneticist John C. Avise guides this delightful
voyage around the planet in search of answers to nature's
mysteries. He demonstrates how scientists directly examine DNA to
address long-standing questions about wild animals, plants, and
microbes. Through dozens of stories that span the world, nature
emerges as a realm where truth can be far stranger than fiction.
From a 100-ton mushroom to egg-swapping birds, extinct ground
sloths to microbes inside our bodies, Avise examines a cornucopia
of natural-history topics and explains how today's modern genetic
techniques offer novel insights.
Do armadillo litters really contain clones? When is a fig tree not
just a single tree? Where have migratory whales traveled? Who are
the mothers of the embryos carried by pregnant male seahorses? What
insect was the world's earliest farmer? How closely related are
Neanderthals to modern humans? Answers to these and many more
questions are presented here in a straightforwad manner that
reveals Avise's enthusiasm for uncovering nature's hidden ways.
Each entry is accompanied by a beautiful illustration from Trudy
Nicholson, widely recognized as one of today's leading nature
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