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Spider silk : evolution and 400 million years of spinning, waiting, snagging, and mating

Author: Leslie Brunetta; Catherine Lee Craig
Publisher: New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, 2010
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Spiders, objects of eternal human fascination, are found in many places: on the ground, in the air, and even under water. Leslie Brunetta and Catherine Craig have teamed up to produce a substantive yet entertaining book for anyone who has ever wondered, as a spider rappelled out of reach on a line of silk, "How do they do that?" The orb web, that iconic wheel-shaped web most of us associate with spiders, contains at  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leslie Brunetta; Catherine Lee Craig
ISBN: 9780300149227 0300149220
OCLC Number: 824175326
Notes: A timeline of the spider fossil record. Fossils. Living fossils. Chance and change. Outward and upward. Triumph over thin air. Small changes, big benefits. Spinning, running, jumping, swimming. Going vertical. Links. Now you see it, now you don't. Beyond "perfect". Endless forms
Description: xiv, 229 p. : ill.
Responsibility: Leslie Brunetta, Catherine L. Craig

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Spiders, objects of eternal human fascination, are found in many places: on the ground, in the air, and even under water. Leslie Brunetta and Catherine Craig have teamed up to produce a substantive yet entertaining book for anyone who has ever wondered, as a spider rappelled out of reach on a line of silk, "How do they do that?" The orb web, that iconic wheel-shaped web most of us associate with spiders, contains at least four different silk proteins, each performing a different function and all meshing together to create a fly-catching machine that has amazed and inspired humans through the ages. Brunetta and Craig tell the intriguing story of how spiders evolved over 400 million years to add new silks and new uses for silk to their survival "toolkit" and, in the telling, take readers far beyond the orb. The authors describe the trials and triumphs of spiders as they use silk to negotiate an ever-changing environment, and they show how natural selection acts at the genetic level and as individuals struggle for survival.

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