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Why Elephants Have Big Ears By Chris Lavers

Why Elephants Have Big Ears

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Addressing such questions as why elephants have big ears, why shrews have large hearts and why gnats don't get wet when it rains, this book explains how creatures have interacted with their environment to evolve into the extraordinary forms they possess today.
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Why Elephants Have Big Ears: Nature's Engines and the Order of Life by Chris Lavers

Why do elephants have big ears? Why do shrews have large hearts? Why don't gnats get wet when it rains? And why are there no snake-shaped mammals? This highly readable popular science book engages the reader with a variety of such puzzles and conundrums to explain how creatures have interacted with their environment to evolve into the extraordinary forms they possess today. Lavers makes use of biology, physiology, zoology, ecology, and palaeontology in order to arrive at his explanations. In the process, he explains such things as how warm-bloodedness evolved and why mammals dominate continents and amphibians cool, damp places; and he concludes by presenting a new view of life on earth, rejecting all notions of superiority and inferiority in nature.

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About Chris Lavers


Chris Lavers was born in 1965, and is Senior Lecturer in animal ecology, evolutionary biology and the philosophy of science at the University of Nottingham. He is a consultant to English Nature, the RSPB, and the Department of the Environment.

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GOR001382193
Why Elephants Have Big Ears: Nature's Engines and the Order of Life by Chris Lavers
Chris Lavers
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Orion Publishing Co
2000-05-04
304
0575067225
9780575067226
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