Quirks of Human Anatomy

Quirks of Human Anatomy

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With the emergence of the new field of evolutionary developmental biology we are witnessing a renaissance of Darwin's insights 150 years after his On the Origin of Species. Thus far, the exciting findings from 'evo-devo' have only been trickling into college courses and into the domain of non-specialists. With its focus on the human organism, Quirks of Human Anatomy opens the floodgates by stating the arguments of evo-devo in plain English, and by offering a cornucopia of interesting case studies and examples. Its didactic value is enhanced by 24 schematic diagrams that integrate a host of disparate observations, by its Socratic question-and-answer format, and by its unprecedented compilation of the literature. By framing the 'hows' of development in terms of the 'whys' of evolution, it lets readers probe the deepest questions of biology. Readers will find the book educational and enjoyable, as it revels in the fun of scientific exploration.Roguesa#39; gallery of human anatomical flaws, ranging from the merely silly (a, f, j), to the patently stupid (b, c, d, e, i, k), to the ... in separate parts of the visual field and (2) our brain automatically fills in gaps in our visual field by interpolation [ 2117]. d. ... The silhouette is a sagittal section with cavities as blank areas [ 612, 889, 25022737]. ... [1469] for a clear diagram). ... to enter the birth canal, but then must rotate 90 degrees (long axis sagittal) to exit and let the shoulders enter [10, 2220].

Title:Quirks of Human Anatomy
Author: Lewis I. Held, Jr
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2009-05-29

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