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Moonstruck : how lunar cycles affect life

Author: E Naylor
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Compared to well established circadian rhythms, scientific evidence for biological clocks linked to the Moon has only recently become recognized. This book describes the growing evidence for lunar  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version: Naylor, E. (Ernest), 1931-
Moonstruck.
Oxford [England] ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015
(DLC) 2015934015
(OCoLC)907657651
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: E Naylor
ISBN: 9780191036170 019103617X
OCLC Number: 916954240
Notes: "Throughout history, the influence of the full Moon on humans and animals has featured in folklore and myths. Yet it has become increasingly apparent that many organisms really are influenced indirectly, and in some cases directly, by the lunar cycle. Breeding behaviour among some marine animals has been demonstrated to be controlled by internal circalunar biological clocks, to the point where lunar-daily and lunar-monthly patterns of Moon-generated tides are embeddedin their genes. Yet, intriguingly, Moon-related behaviours are also found in dry land and fresh water species living far beyond the influence of any tides. In Moonstruck, Ernest Naylor dismisses the myths concerning the influence of the Moon, but shows through a range of fascinating examples the remarkable real effects that we are now finding through science. He suggests that since the advent of evolution on Earth, which occurred shortly after the formation of the Moon, animals evolved adaptations to the lunar cycle, and considers whether, if Moon-clock genes occur in other animals, might they also exist in us?"--Provided by publisher.
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 229 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Moon myths and legends --
The big splash --
The moon, the unicorn, and tidal memories --
Aristotle's urchins and dancing worms --
Strangers on the shore --
Moon-related biological rhythms with and without tides --
Moonlight avoidance and moon counting --
Homing by the moon --
The moon and the human condition.
Responsibility: Ernest Naylor.

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