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Dawn of the neuron : the early struggles to trace the origin of nervous systems

Author: Michel Anctil
Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In science, sometimes it is best to keep things simple. Initially discrediting the discovery of neurons in jellyfish, mid-nineteenth-century scientists grouped jellyfish, comb-jellies, hydra, and sea anemones together under one term - "coelenterates"--And deemed these animals too similar to plants to warrant a nervous system. In Dawn of the Neuron, Michel Anctil shows how Darwin's theory of evolution completely  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Anctil, Michel, 1945-
Dawn of the neuron.
(CaOONL)20159038324
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michel Anctil
ISBN: 9780773545717 0773545719
OCLC Number: 908628855
Description: xiv, 370 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Preface --
The Precursors --
Louis Agassiz and the First Description of Jellyfish Neurons --
German Zoologists and the Rediscovery of Nerves in Jellyfish --
The Hertwig Brothers Open a New Era --
The Experimental Approach to Jellyfish Neurobiology: George Romanes and Theodor Eimer --
Edward Schäfer, Jellyfish, and the Neuron Doctrine --
In the Footsteps of the Giants --
George H. Parker and the Broad View of the Elementary Nervous System --
Emil Bozler and the Rise of the Comparative Physiologists --
Carl Pantin and the Well-Tempered Nerve Net --
The Modern Era --
Concluding Remarks --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Michel Anctil.

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How Darwin's theory of evolution drove generations of zoologists to search for the first evolved nervous systems in simple organisms.  Read more...

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