From flying pterodactyls to walking primates, the story of life as told through the evolution of locomotion.Most of us never think about how we get from one place to another For most people, putting one foot in front of the other requires no thought at all Yet the fact that we and other species are able to do so is one of the great triumphs of evolution To truly understFrom flying pterodactyls to walking primates, the story of life as told through the evolution of locomotion.Most of us never think about how we get from one place to another For most people, putting one foot in front of the other requires no thought at all Yet the fact that we and other species are able to do so is one of the great triumphs of evolution To truly understand how life evolved on Earth, it is crucial to understand movement Restless Creatures makes the bold new argument that the true story of evolution is the story of locomotion, from the first stirrings of bacteria to the amazing feats of Olympic athletes By retracing the four billion year history of locomotion, evolutionary biologist Matt Wilkinson shows how the physical challenges of moving from place to place when coupled with the implacable logic of natural selection offer a uniquely powerful means of illuminating the living world Whales and dolphins look like fish because they have been molded by the constraints of underwater locomotion The unbending physical needs of flight have brought bats, birds, and pterodactyls to strikingly similar anatomies Movement explains why we have opposable thumbs, why moving can make us feel good, how fish fins became limbs, and even why classic fiction notwithstanding there are no flying monkeys nor animals with wheels Even plants aren t immune from locomotion s long reach their seeds, pollen, and very form are all determined by their aptitude to disperse From sprinting cheetah to spinning maple fruit, soaring albatross to burrowing worm, crawling amoeba to running human all are the way they are because of how they move There is a famous saying nothing in biology makes sense unless in the light of evolution As Wilkinson makes clear little makes sense unless in the light of locomotion A powerful yet accessible work of evolutionary biology, Restless Creatures is the essential guide for understanding how life on Earth was shaped by the simple need to move from point A to point B.
Restless Creatures The Story of Life in Ten Movements From flying pterodactyls to walking primates the story of life as told through the evolution of locomotion Most of us never think about how we get from one place to another For most people putting o
Matt Wilkinson makes the daring step for a biologist of quoting or, rather, misquoting as we ll see later Rutherford s famous put down all science is either physics or stamp collecting But this risk fits well with Wilkinson s entertaining and bravura style in attempting and largely succeeding in persuading the reader that the biggest shaping factor of many living organisms, including humans, is the ability to move, with all the benefits and costs this brings.One of the delights for the reader ar [...]
Interesting, and a lot of the material related to my current courses It s quite technical and jargon filed for a pop science book, but concepts are briefly explained before analyses are launched into I enjoyed this, but in small doses.
Matt Wilkinsons takes a fascinating look at movement This is a rather novel perspective of the now commonly boring subject of evolution that injects new life and ideas into the subject The author manages to discuss topics and provide examples that I haven t come across before in other popular science books As a bonus, the author also assumes his readers have some intelligence and doesn t insult us by simplifying things too much Restless Creatures covers all sorts of creatures, from the large to [...]
A generally fascinating angle on one of the key drivers of evolution, which although I was aware of, had never really stopped to consider in its fullness Across 10 chapters, the author lays out how the use of movement has driven everything from humans evolving from apes, to how movement may have driven the success of creatures with bilateral body plans The book can be fairly technical at times, particularity in the chapter on the evolution on flight but overall the book s interesting content and [...]
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