Why Elephants Have Big Ears

Why Elephants Have Big Ears by Chris Lavers
ISBN
9780575067226
Date Released
Binding
Hardcover
Pages
304
Dimensions
156 x 234mm

Nature's Engines and The Order of Life

This fascinating and highly readable work of popular natural history engages you with a variety of conundrums to explain how animals evolved into the breathtaking range of forms that grace our planet. Along the way we encounter some rather strange creatures: the African elephant with its extraordinary nose and ears; the naked mole-rat, a cold-blooded mammal which lives beneath the arid grasslands of Africa; the tiny Etruscan shrew, so small it can fit in an earthworm's burrow, the giant carnivorous bird 'Diatryma' with a head as big as a horse's; and 'Megalania', an extinct one-tonne lizard with teeth like steak knives, which terrorised our mammalian relatives in the not too distant past . . .

'Why Elephants Have Big Ears' draws on a wide range of disciplines, from zoology and ecology to evolutionary biology and palaeontology. Vivid and entertaining, with lucid explanations of the science of the natural world, it should be read by all those who have a sense of wonder at the endless variety of life on earth.
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Nature's Engines and The Order of Life

This fascinating and highly readable work of popular natural history engages you with a variety of conundrums to explain how animals evolved into the breathtaking range of forms that grace our planet. Along the way we encounter some rather strange creatures: the African elephant with its extraordinary nose and ears; the naked mole-rat, a cold-blooded mammal which lives beneath the arid grasslands of Africa; the tiny Etruscan shrew, so small it can fit in an earthworm's burrow, the giant carnivorous bird 'Diatryma' with a head as big as a horse's; and 'Megalania', an extinct one-tonne lizard with teeth like steak knives, which terrorised our mammalian relatives in the not too distant past . . .

'Why Elephants Have Big Ears' draws on a wide range of disciplines, from zoology and ecology to evolutionary biology and palaeontology. Vivid and entertaining, with lucid explanations of the science of the natural world, it should be read by all those who have a sense of wonder at the endless variety of life on earth.
ISBN:
9780575067226
Publication Date:
01 / 08 / 2000
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
156 x 234mm

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