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Mimicry, Crypsis, Masquerade and other Adaptive Resemblances

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Author: Quicke, Donald L. J.

Brand: Wiley-Interscience

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Number Of Pages: 576

Release Date: 02-10-2017

Details: Product Description Deals with all aspects of adaptive resemblance Full colour Covers everything from classic examples of Batesian, Mullerian, aggressive and sexual mimicries through to human behavioural and microbial molecular deceptions Highlights areas where additonal work or specific exeprimentation could be fruitful Includes, animals, plants, micro-organisms and humans From the Inside Flap Mimicry, Crypsis, Masquerade and other Adaptive Resemblances synthesises the wide range of adaptations of living organisms that are the result of natural selection favouring an appearance that resembles some other organism or inanimate object. The book covers a wide range of examples, most from animals and plants, but fungi, protists, bacteria and even viruses, are discussed, and even some human aspects are included to illustrate the enormous range of the topic. Many different modalities of resemblance are involved, such as behavour, coloration, shading, texture, bioluminescence, structure, chemistry and sound. The author explores the results of the growing number of experimental tests that have been conducted in the field, explaining key models and experimental set-ups in an accessible manner. The book is beautifully illustrated in full colour throughout with hundreds of photos of animals and plants, but also includes many graphs that illustrate research findings, and some mathematical equations and models that explore and explain the depths of evolution's complexities. Mimicry, Crypsis, Masquerade and other Adaptive Resemblances: Covers everthing including classic examples of animal and plant camouflage, the evolution of warning signals, Batesian, Müllerian, aggressive, and sexual mimicries Extends to some human behavioural and microbial molecular deceptions, plus many other topics Highlights areas where additional work or specific experimentation could be fruitful Includes over 500 images to aid understanding This book is far more than a course text, for which it is ideal for levels ranging through undergraduate to graduate levels, it is the most comprehensive resource on this diverse subject area for many years. It is written in a way that can be understood easily by all readers including amateur natural history enthusiasts.    From the Back Cover Mimicry, Crypsis, Masquerade and other Adaptive Resemblances synthesises the wide range of adaptations of living organisms that are the result of natural selection favouring an appearance that resembles some other organism or inanimate object. The book covers a wide range of examples, most from animals and plants, but fungi, protists, bacteria and even viruses, are discussed, and even some human aspects are included to illustrate the enormous range of the topic. Many different modalities of resemblance are involved, such as behavour, coloration, shading, texture, bioluminescence, structure, chemistry and sound. The author explores the results of the growing number of experimental tests that have been conducted in the field, explaining key models and experimental set-ups in an accessible manner. The book is beautifully illustrated in full colour throughout with hundreds of photos of animals and plants, but also includes many graphs that illustrate research findings, and some mathematical equations and models that explore and explain the depths of evolution's complexities. Mimicry, Crypsis, Masquerade and other Adaptive Resemblances: Covers everthing including classic examples of animal and plant camouflage, the evolution of warning signals, Batesian, Müllerian, aggressive, and sexual mimicries Extends to some human behavioural and microbial molecular deceptions, plus many other topics Highlights areas where additional work or specific experimentation could be fruitful Includes over 500 images to aid understanding This book is far more than a course text, for which it is ideal for levels ranging through undergraduate to graduate levels, it is the most comprehensive resource

Package Dimensions: 10.0 x 7.9 x 0.9 inches

Languages: English