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The Variety of Life

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The Variety of Life

The Variety of Life

A survey and a celebration of all the creatures that have ever lived

684 pages, parution le 22/03/2002


  • Provides a summary of ALL creatures, alive and extinct
  • The only one-volume summary of all living things
  • Classifies all principal groups to which living things belong
  • Whatever living thing you come across - from E coli to an oak tree or an elephant - the book shows what kind of living thing it is, and how it relates to all others
  • Beautiful illustrations throughout


Part I : The Craft and science of classification

  1. So Many Goodly Creatures
  2. Classification and the search for order;
  3. The natural order: Darwin's dream and Hennig's solution;
  4. Data;
  5. Clade, grade, and a plea for nonlinnean impressionism
Part II : A survey of all living creatures
  1. From two kingdoms to three domains
  2. The domain of the prokaryotes : Bacteria and archaea;
  3. The domain of the nucleus : The eucaryota;
  4. Mushrooms, moulds and lichens : rusts, smut and rot
  5. The Animals;
  6. Anemones, corals, jellyfish and sea-pens;
  7. Clams and cockles, snails and slugs, octopus and squids;
  8. Animals with jointed legs;
  9. Lobsters, crabs, shrimps, barnacles and many more besides;
  10. The insects;
  11. Spiders, scorpions, mites, water-scorpions, horseshoe crabs, and sea spiders;
  12. Starfish and brittle stars, sea urchins and sand dollars, sea lilies, sea daisies and sea cucumbers;
  13. Sea-squirts, lancelets, and vertebrates;
  14. Sharks, rays and chimaeras;
  15. The ray-finned bony fish;
  16. Lobefins and tetrapods;
  17. The reptiles;
  18. The mammals;
  19. Lemurs, lorises, tarsiers, monkeys and apes: The order of the primates;
  20. Human beings and our immediate relatives;
  21. The birds;
  22. The modern birds;
  23. The plants;
  24. The flowering plants;
  25. Daisies, artichockes, thistles and lettuce
Part III : Epilogue


L'auteur Colin Tudge

Colin Tudge est l'un des plus célèbres journalistes scientifiques de Grande-Bretagne.

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Éditeur(s) Oxford University Press
Auteur(s) Colin Tudge
Parution 22/03/2002
Nb. de pages 684
Format 15,6 x 23,5
Couverture Broché
Poids 1037g
Intérieur Noir et Blanc
EAN13 9780198604266


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