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How the Zebra Got Its Stripes: Darwinian Just So Stories

How the Zebra Got Its Stripes: Darwinian Just So Stories

作者 : Léo Grasset

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生物學明日之星法國自然科學家Léo Grasset全新作品
以充滿驚奇及迷人的生物新知,探尋自然界物種最神奇的自然法則


為什麼長頸鹿有長頸子?斑馬身上為何佈滿條紋?為何水牛群之間有民主的投票行為,而象群則是獨裁政治?白蟻是如何建造出雄偉的蟻丘,而鬣狗的兩性關係為何如此複雜?蜜獾又是如何演化為地表上最無所畏懼的動物?

生物學界的明星科學家Léo Grasset將他在非洲大草原多年對動物的科學研究及觀察,把所有最令人驚奇的大自然法則演化過程集結成冊,在書中一一為讀者解答,展現大自然中令人嘆為觀止的特殊現象,以簡單明瞭的方式解析生物科學中的演化歷程,同時分享動物界中神秘難解的特殊行為。以全新的生物科學新知,帶領讀者一同與地球上的所有生物和平共處。

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.
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