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What do the panda's magical "thumb" and the sea turtle's perilous migration tell us about imperfections that prove the evolutionary rule? The wonders and mysteries of evolutionary biology are elegantly explored in these and other essays by the celebrated natural history writer Stephen Jay Gould.

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  • Temporarily Out of Stock Online Please check back later for updated availability. Overview "Gould is a natural writer; he has something to say and the inclination and skill with which to say it. Medawar, New York Review of Books With sales of well over one million copies in North America alone, the commercial success of Gould's books now matches their critical acclaim.

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    Date of Birth: September 10, Date of Death: May 20, Place of Death: Boston, Massachusetts. Education: B. Average Review. Write a Review. Guest More than 1 year ago over all it is a good book.

    Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago Another set of very interesting essays about, primarily, evolution. Whilst the essay begins in a light hearted manner, it soon ventures into the more sensitive area of politics and how bad scientists are influenced by their own prejudices.

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    This is followed by the equally thought-provoking essays Dr. Gould takes a look at the physical characteristics of the Disney character and along the way is able to explain the characteristics of juvenile human form.

    In complete contrast to cute cartoon characters, Gould takes a look at the gruesome birth and mating habits of the male mite Adactylidium. This species have almost perfected the art of maximising the efficiency of its reproduction.

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    The females of this species rear their young inside the womb, allowing feeding and sibling mating to occur between the several female eggs and one male egg that are produced. Once all the female young have been impregnated by the single male, siblings obtain their nourishment from the only source available — their mother. As the mites devour their parent, so they are freed from within the womb and able to rear their own young, and so the cycle continues.