Moonstruck: How lunar cycles affect life

Hardcover | August 19, 2015

byErnest Naylor

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Throughout history, the influence of the full Moon on humans and animals has featured in folklore and myths. Yet it has become increasingly apparent that many organisms really are influenced indirectly, and in some cases directly, by the lunar cycle. Breeding behaviour among some marineanimals has been demonstrated to be controlled by internal circalunar biological clocks, to the point where lunar-daily and lunar-monthly patterns of Moon-generated tides are embedded in their genes. Yet, intriguingly, Moon-related behaviours are also found in dry land and fresh water species livingfar beyond the influence of any tides. In Moonstruck, Ernest Naylor dismisses the myths concerning the influence of the Moon, but shows through a range of fascinating examples the remarkable real effects that we are now finding through science. He suggests that since the advent of evolution on Earth, which occurred shortly after theformation of the Moon, animals evolved adaptations to the lunar cycle, and considers whether, if Moon-clock genes occur in other animals, might they also exist in us?

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Throughout history, the influence of the full Moon on humans and animals has featured in folklore and myths. Yet it has become increasingly apparent that many organisms really are influenced indirectly, and in some cases directly, by the lunar cycle. Breeding behaviour among some marineanimals has been demonstrated to be controlled by ...

Ernest Naylor is Professor Emeritus in the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, where he was Lloyd Roberts Professor of Marine Zoology and Head of School of Ocean Sciences. He was a Founding Editor of the journal Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science and participated in reviews of scientific programmes in the UK, France, and th...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pagesPublished:August 19, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Moon Myths and Legends2. The Big Splash3. The Moon, The Unicorn and Tidal Memories4. Aristotle's Urchins and Dancing Worms5. Strangers on the Shore6. Lunar biorhythms with and without tides7. Moon Avoidance and Moon Counting8. Homing by the Moon9. Plants and the Moon10. The Moon and the Human ConditionEnd NotesGlossaryIndexBibliography