How the Zebra Got Its Stripes

How the Zebra Got Its Stripes

Darwinian Stories Told Through Evolutionary Biology

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"A bright young scientist explains the intricacies of the animal kingdom through the lens of evolutionary biology. Why do giraffes have such long necks? Why are zebras striped? Why does a gazelle evade a hungry cheetah by leaping and bounding along a random path? Deploying the latest scientific research and his own extensive observations in Africa, Léo Grasset offers answers to these questions and many more in a book of post-Darwinian Just So Stories (the classic tales by Rudyard Kipling that offered fanciful accounts of how the features of assorted fauna came to be). Complex natural phenomena are explained in simple and at times comic terms, as Grasset turns evolutionary biology to the burning questions of the animal kingdom, from why elephants prefer dictators and buffaloes democracies, to whether the lion really is king. The human is, of course, just another animal, and the author's exploration of two million years of human evolution illustrates how it not only informs our current habits and behavior, but also reveals that we are hybrids of several different species. Prepare to be fascinated, shocked, and delighted--as well as reliably advised. By the end, you will know, for example, to never hug the beautiful, cuddly honey badger, and what explains its almost psychotic nastiness. This is serious science at its entertaining best."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781681774145
Call Number: 591.748 GRASSET
Characteristics: 154 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 22 cm
Subjects: Savanna animals.
Savanna animals -- Africa -- Miscellanea.
Animals -- Africa -- Miscellanea.
Savanna animals -- Evolution.
Evolution (Biology)
Adaptation (Biology)
Behavior evolution.
Human evolution.
Human-animal relationships.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Additional Contributors: Mellor, Barbara - Translator


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