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The extended organism : the physiology of animal-built structures

Author: J Scott Turner
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Turner shows why drawing the boundary of an organism's physiology at the skin of the animal is arbitrary. Since the structures animals build undoubtedly do physiological work, capturing and channeling chemical and physical energy, Turner argues that such structures are more properly regarded not as frozen behaviors but as external organs of physiology and even extensions of the animal's phenotype. By challenging  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Scott Turner
ISBN: 0674001516 9780674001510 0674009851 9780674009851
OCLC Number: 42861860
Description: x, 235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Organism's Fuzzy Boundary --
Physiology Beyond the Organism --
Living Architecture --
Broth and Taxis --
Then a Miracle Occurs ... --
Mud Power --
As the Worm Turns --
Arachne's Aqualungs --
Manipulative Midges and Mites --
Twist and Shout! --
The Soul of the Superorganism --
Love Your Mother --
Epilogue --
Index.
Responsibility: J. Scott Turner.

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Building on Dawkins's classic, The Extended Phenotype, physiological ecologist Turner shows why drawing the boundary of an organism's physiology at the skin is arbitrary. He argues that the  Read more...

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With his audacious new book, J. Scott Turner shoots an impressive salvo across the bows of narrow thinking. He...[seeks] to dispense with...the distinction between phenotype and environment...As he Read more...

 
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