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The Resource Freaks of nature : what anomalies tell us about development and evolution, Mark S. Blumberg

Freaks of nature : what anomalies tell us about development and evolution, Mark S. Blumberg

Label
Freaks of nature : what anomalies tell us about development and evolution
Title
Freaks of nature
Title remainder
what anomalies tell us about development and evolution
Statement of responsibility
Mark S. Blumberg
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In Freaks of Nature, Mark Blumberg turns a scientist's eye on the oddities of nature, showing how a subject once relegated to the sideshow can help explain some of the deepest complexities of biology. Why, for example, does a two-headed human so resemble a two-headed minnow? What we need to understand, Blumberg argues, is that anomalies are the natural products of development, and it is through developmental mechanisms that evolution works. Freaks of Nature induces a kind of intellectual vertigo as it upends our intuitive understanding of biology. What really is an anomaly? Why is a limbless human a "freak, " but a limbless reptile - a snake - a successful variation?" "What we see as deformities, Blumberg writes, are merely alternative paths for development, which challenge both the creature itself and our ability to fit it into our familiar categories. Rather than mere dead ends, many anomalies prove surprisingly survivable - as in the case of the goat without forelimbs that learned to walk upright. Blumberg explains how such variations occur, and points to them as examples of the extraordinary flexibility inherent in individual development."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2009 D-297
  • WZ 308
NLM item number
B658f 2009
Label
Freaks of nature : what anomalies tell us about development and evolution, Mark S. Blumberg
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-307) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A parliament of monsters : On the breadth and scope of developmental anomalies -- Arresting features : Development is all about time -- Do the locomotion : How we learn to move our bodies -- Life and limb : How limbs are made, lost, replaced, and transformed -- Anything goes : When it comes to sex, expect ambiguity -- Monstrous behavior : We still have much to learn from the odd and unusual
Control code
000155197
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiv, 326 p.
Immediate source of acquisition
R Hicks ;
Lccn
2008028207
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 155197
  • (OCoLC)213449626
Label
Freaks of nature : what anomalies tell us about development and evolution, Mark S. Blumberg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-307) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A parliament of monsters : On the breadth and scope of developmental anomalies -- Arresting features : Development is all about time -- Do the locomotion : How we learn to move our bodies -- Life and limb : How limbs are made, lost, replaced, and transformed -- Anything goes : When it comes to sex, expect ambiguity -- Monstrous behavior : We still have much to learn from the odd and unusual
Control code
000155197
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiv, 326 p.
Immediate source of acquisition
R Hicks ;
Lccn
2008028207
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 155197
  • (OCoLC)213449626

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