Strange Survivors: How Organisms Attack and Defend in the Game of Life

February 27, 2018|
Strange Survivors: How Organisms Attack and Defend in the Game of Life by One R. Pagan
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Life is beautiful, ruthless, and very, very strange.

In the evolutionary arms race that has raged on since life began, organisms have developed an endless variety of survival strategies. From sharp claws to brute strength, camouflage to venom-all these tools and abilities share one purpose: to keep their bearer alive long enough to reproduce, helping the species avoid extinction. Every living thing on this planet has developed a time-tested arsenal of weapons and defenses. Some of these weapons and defenses, however, are decidedly more unusual than others.

In Strange Survivors, biologist Oné R. Pagán takes us on a tour of the improbable, the ingenious, and the just plain bizarre ways that creatures fight for life.

Inside this funny, fascinating field guide to nature''s most colorful characters, you''ll meet killer snails, social bacteria, and an animal with toxic elbows. But Strange Survivors is more than a collection of curiosities-it is a love letter to science and an argument for the continuing relevance of this evolutionary battle as we face the threat of resistant bacteria and the need for novel medical therapies. Whether discussing blood-thinning bats and electric fish or pondering the power of cooperation, Pagán reveals the surprising lessons found in some of life''s natural oddities and how the tactics they employ to live might aid our own survival.
Dr. Oné R. Pagán is a husband and a father, as well as a biology professor, scientist, blogger, and writer. He is in absolute awe of the natural world, especially the fact that it can be understood through science and mathematics. He spends quite a bit of his time explaining science to family, students, and essential...
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Title:Strange Survivors: How Organisms Attack and Defend in the Game of Life
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:280 pages, 9.06 X 6.06 X 0.69 in
Shipping dimensions:280 pages, 9.06 X 6.06 X 0.69 in
Published:February 27, 2018
Publisher:BenBella Books
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781944648589

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