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Biograffiti : A Natural Selection, Paperback Book

Biograffiti : A Natural Selection Paperback


Legend has it (it may even be true) that J. B. S. Haldane, when asked by a clergyman what he could infer about God from the works of creation, responded, "He must have had an inordinate fondness for beetles." Were I asked to infer something essential about Homo sapiens from his work, I should probably reply that this zoological odd-ball required humor to lighten a life taken too seriously.

How else can we explain the fact that very profession has its underground classic of humorous self-deprecation and verse?

Garstang's Larval Forms has long filled this role for evolutionary biology.

But, as a residual Victorian, Garstang turned out some mighty stuffy poems-and recapitulatory theory of the details of invertebrate morphology do no reside on the frontier of modern biology.

But voyeurs and hedonists can now rejoice, for John Burns has produced a worthy successor, a work full of all that is modern in evolutionary biology-mathematical modeling, ecological strategies, ethological theories and, oh yes, plenty of sex.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages, Ill.
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Politics & government
  • ISBN: 9780393000313



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