The natural world is not a harmonious place. In the fight to survive and reproduce, any advantage in getting a mate, finding food, or avoiding predators pays dividends. Martin Stevens explores how animals and plants trick, cheat, and deceive each other to their own advantage in their bid for survival.
Building on the success of the second edition, this truly accessible textbook comprehensively covers the 2008 AS and A2 level Human Biology specifications for all the main UK exam boards.The book also has a companion website which is free to book users providing extra resources.
Collins Complete Guide to British Muchrooms and Toadstools allows everyone to identify mushrooms found in Britain and Ireland. The book is illustrated with beautiful photographs throughout, featuring the species you are most likely to see.
Concepts of Genetics is known for its focus on teaching core concepts and problem solving. This best-selling text has been extensively updated, with coverage on emerging topics in genetics, and problem-solving support has been enhanced.
Darwin's theory that our ancestors were apes caused a furore in the scientific world and outside it when The Origin of Species was published in 1859. Analysing Darwin's major insights and arguments, this work reasserts the importance of his work for the development of modern biology.
Explores the diversity of plant life in regions such as Japan, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Florida, southeast Mexico, and, the Canary Islands. This book looks closely at the evolution of plant diversity in these locales and explains why such variety persists in light of ecological patterns and evolutionary processes.
The development of a single fertilized egg into a fly, an elephant, or a human baby is one the most remarkable near-miracles achieved by nature. This Very Short Introduction, written by the distinguished developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert, gives a concise account of, and explores, one of the liveliest areas of scientific research.
Frequently mind-boggling, from Einstein's brilliant proof of the existence of atoms to why the milk in your coffee stays mixed, 'Dice World' explore how - amongst all this mathematical chaos - probability and statistics have become the only way to get a grip on nature's workings.
Worried about your maternal effect or biological clock? Need to know a rhizoid from a rhizome? Think you're going to fail your zoology or botany exam? This dictionary defines over 6000 terms relating to this subject - from amino acids, bacteria and the cell cycle to X-ray diffraction, Y chromosome, and zygotes.
Following the phenomenal success of "Does Anything Eat Wasps?" and the even more spectacularly successful "Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?", this collection includes a bumper crop of wise and wonderful answers.
Every year, readers send in thousands of questions to "New Scientist" magazine in the hope that the answers to them will be given in the 'Last Word' column. This title presents a collection of the best that have appeared, including: why can't we eat green potatoes; why do airliners suddenly plummet; and, does a compass work in space.
Many people who have ever owned a pet will swear that their dog or cat or other animal has exhibited some kind of behavior they just can't explain. How does a dog know when its owner is returning home at an unexpected time? Filled with stories and analysis, this title offers an exploration of animal behavior.