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Good Enough The Tolerance for Mediocrity in Nature and Society
ISBN: HB: 9780674504622, Harvard University Press, June 2019
288 pp., 21x14 cm, 13 colour photos, 18 colour illus., 1 table
Why is the genome of a salamander forty times larger than that of a human? Why does the avocado tree produce a million flowers and only a hundred fruits? Why, in short, is there so much waste in nature? In this lively and wide-ranging meditation on t...
Becoming Human A Theory of Ontogeny
ISBN: HB: 9780674980853, Harvard University Press, December 2018
392 pp., 23.5x15.6 cm, 24 illus., 1 table
A radical reconsideration of how we develop the qualities that make us human, based on decades of cutting-edge experimental work by the former director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Virtually all theories of how humans h...
Universe in Creation A New Understanding of the Big Bang and the Emergence of Life
ISBN: HB: 9780674976078, Harvard University Press, May 2018
288 pp., 20.9x13.4 cm, 17 halftones, 4 line illus.
We know the universe has a history, but does it also have a story of self-creation to tell? Yes, in Roy R. Gould's account. He offers a compelling narrative of how the universe – with no instruction other than its own laws – evolved into billions of...
Chimpanzees and Human Evolution
ISBN: HB: 9780674967953, Harvard University Press, November 2017
794 pp., 23.5x16.2 cm, 41 halftones, 31 graphs, 27 tables
Knowledge of chimpanzees in the wild has expanded dramatically in recent years. This comprehensive volume, edited by Martin Muller, Richard Wrangham, and David Pilbeam, brings together scientists who are leading a revolution to discover and explain w...
Viruses Agents of Evolutionary Invention
ISBN: HB: 9780674972087, Harvard University Press, June 2017
356 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm
Viruses are the most abundant biological entities on Earth, and arguably the most successful. They are not technically alive, but – as infectious vehicles of genetic information – they have a remarkable capacity to invade, replicate, and evolve withi...
Invaders How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction
ISBN: PB: 9780674975415, Harvard University Press, May 2017
288 pp., 20.9x13.9 cm, 19 halftones, 4 line illus., 2 tables
With their large brains, sturdy physique, sophisticated tools, and hunting skills, Neanderthals are the closest known relatives to humans. Approximately 200,000 years ago, as modern humans began to radiate out from their evolutionary birthplace in Af...
Kin How We Came to Know Our Microbe Relatives
ISBN: HB: 9780674660403, Harvard University Press, May 2017
304 pp., 21x14 cm, 7 halftones, 6 line illus.
Since Darwin, people have speculated about the evolutionary relationships among dissimilar species, including our connections to the diverse life forms known as microbes. In the 1970s biologists discovered a way to establish these kinships. This new...
Making Faces The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face
ISBN: HB: 9780674725522, Harvard University Press, January 2017
472 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 22 colour illus., 54 line illus., 2 graphs
Humans possess the most expressive faces in the animal kingdom. Adam Wilkins presents evidence ranging from the fossil record to recent findings of genetics, molecular biology, and developmental biology to reconstruct the fascinating story of how the...
Animal Electricity How We Learned That the Body and Brain Are Electric Machines
ISBN: HB: 9780674736818, Harvard University Press, December 2015
348 pp., 23.5x15.7 cm, 28 halftones, 31 line illus.
Like all cellular organisms, humans run on electricity. Slight imbalances of electric charge across cell membranes result in sensation, movement, awareness, and thinking – nearly everything we associate with being alive. Robert Campenot offers a comp...
Society of Genes
ISBN: HB: 9780674425026, Harvard University Press, December 2015
278 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 57 halftones
Nearly four decades ago Richard Dawkins published "The Selfish Gene", famously reducing humans to "survival machines" whose sole purpose was to preserve "the selfish molecules known as genes". How these selfish genes work together to construct the or...