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Author Sandford, Maggie Ryan, author.

Title Consider the platypus : evolution through biology's most baffling beasts / Maggie Ryan Sandford ; illustrations by Rodica Prato.

Publication Info. New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  590 SAN    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description 272 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Note "August 2019"--Title page verso.
Works cited and further reading available at related website:
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface: The loaded word -- Who you callin' an animal? -- Darwin, Darwin, Darwin...! -- The tree [strikethrough] river of life -- Part 1: Outside in -- Part 2: Song of myself -- Part 3: Hopeless monsters -- Part 4: The secret to eternal life -- Afterword -- Special thanks -- Index -- About the author.
Summary "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. 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" --
Subject Species -- Popular works.
Adaptation (Biology) -- Popular works.
Evolution (Biology) -- Popular works.
Animals -- Miscellanea.
Animals. (OCoLC)fst00809468
Evolution (Biology) (OCoLC)fst00917302
Added Author Prato, Rodica, illustrator.
ISBN 9780316418393 (hardback)
0316418390 (hardback)
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