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Freaks of nature : and what they tell us about development and evolution

Author: Mark Samuel Blumberg
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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From two-legged goats and double-headed snakes, to 'Cyclops' infants with a single eye in the middle of their forehead, Mark S. Blumberg looks at 'freak' bodily anomalies in both humans and other animals to reveal how such deformities provide valuable windows on the intimate connections between genetics, evolution, development, and the environment. - ;Two-legged goats, conjoined twins, 'Cyclops' infants with a  Read more...
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Blumberg, Mark Samuel, 1961-
Freaks of nature.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
(DLC) 2009280514
(OCoLC)501314676
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Samuel Blumberg
ISBN: 9780191549915 0191549916 9780198043430 0198043430
OCLC Number: 352916350
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 326 pages) : illustrations
Contents: List of Illustrations; Introduction; ONE: A PARLIAMENT OF MONSTERS: On the Breadth and Scope of Developmental Anomalies; TWO: ARRESTING FEATURES: Development is All about Time; THREE: DO THE LOCOMOTION: How We Learn to Move Our Bodies; FOUR: LIFE AND LIMB: How Limbs are Made, Lost, Replaced and Transformed; FIVE: ANYTHING GOES: When it Comes to Sex, Expect Ambiguity; EPILOGUE: MONSTROUS BEHAVIOUR: Much to Learn from the Odd and Unusual; Acknowledgments; Notes; Sources and Suggested Reading; Author Index; Subject Index.
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A highly readable, entertaining, and informative introduction to the science and culture connected with freaks and monsters. Manfred D. Laubichler, Science A fascinating pop exegesis of evo devo. Read more...

 
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