The Panda's Thumb : More Reflections in Natural History
In a series of essays and vignettes, this book provides an exploration of the nature of evolution. Topics covered include the panda's thumb, the "Adactylidium" mite which dies before it is born and how multicellular creatures regulate the timing involved in their embrionic growth.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 126 x 192 x 20mm | 199.58g
- 27 Sep 1990
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Part 1 PERFECTION AND IMPERFECTION - A TRILOGY ON A PANDA'S THUMB: The Panda's Thumb; Senseless Signs of History; Double Trouble. Part 2 DARWINIANA: Natural Selection and the Human Brain - Darwin vs Wallace; Darwin's Middle Road; Death before Birth, or a Mite's Nunc Dimittis; Shades of Lamarck; Caring Groups and Selfish Genes. Part 3 HUMAN EVOLUTION: A Biological Homage to Mickey Mouse; Piltdown Revisited; Our Greatest Evolutionary Step; In the Midst of Life. Part 4 SCIENCE AND POLITICS OF HUMAN DIFFERENCES: Wide Hats and Narrow Minds; Women's Brains; Dr Down's Syndrome; Flaws in a Victorian Veil. Part 5 THE PACE OF CHANGE: The Episodic Nature of Evolutionary Change; Return of the Hopeful Monster; The Great Scablands Debate; A Quahog Is a Quahog. Part 6 EARLY LIFE: An Early Start; Crazy Old Randolph Kirkpatrick; Bathybius and Eozoon; Might We Fit Inside a Sponge's Cell? Part 7 THEY WERE DESPISED AND REJECTED: Were Dinosaurs Dumb; The Telltale Wishbone; Nature's Odd Couples; Sticking up for Marsupials. Part 8 SIZE AND TIME: Our Allotted Lifetimes; Natural Attraction: Bacteria, the Birds and the Bees; Time's Vastness.