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How the Zebra Got Its Stripes Tales from the Weird and Wonderful World of Evolution

Paperback (16 Nov 2017) | English

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Why do giraffes have such long necks? Why are zebras striped? Why are buffalo herds broadly democratic while elephants prefer dictatorships? What explains the architectural brilliance of the termite mound or the complications of the hyena's sex life? And why have honey-badgers evolved to be one of nature's most efficient agents of mass destruction? Deploying the latest scientific research and his own extensive observations on the African savannah, Léo Grasset offers some answers to these and many other intriguing questions. Having shown that natural phenomena are rarely simple and that often they get more complex the more you look at them, he brings to bear a mix of evolutionary biology and lateral thinking to explain the mysteries of animal behaviour in terms that are simple but never simplifying. He ends by considering how our origins in the savannah and evolution as the hybrid of several species can shapes our habits. Léo Grasset is one of France's brightest young natural scientists. Prepare to be fascinated, delighted, surprised, shocked and, above all, entertained by his brilliantly original Darwinian Just So stories.

Book information

ISBN: 9781781256299
Publisher: Profile
Imprint: Profile Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 591.748096
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 154 , 8 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 172g
Height: 130mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 20mm