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I, Mammal: The Story of What Makes Us Mammals (Bloombury Sigma) Kindle Edition
“A splendid evolutionary study ... Drew is a wry guide to wonders such as the evolution of the scrotum and the epic journey of marsupial newborns.” ―Nature
“An excellent combination of scientific principle and comedic wit that will appeal to biology fans and non-scientists alike. An excellent read.” ―How It Works
“A witty romp through evolution ... I, Mammal is just the sort of book that can spark a love of nature and an appreciation for the ever-changing, eternally correcting march of science.” ―Science
“Quotable, heartfelt and frequently fun.” ―The Biologist
“Drew's immersion makes one proud to be a mammal.” ―Booklist
“Drew vividly conveys the excitement of scientific discovery [and] combines detailed technical information with interesting natural-history tidbits. There's much to be savoured by scientists and nonscientists alike.” ―Publishers Weekly
“From ice-sliding bison and tail-biting platypuses to cats and bats, hedgehogs and hooded seals, I, Mammal will change the way you think about hairy, milk-making, warm-blooded animals (yourself included). This carnival of mammals is science writing at its most funny, companionable and smart.” ―Helen Scales, marine biologist, broadcaster and author of Spirals in Time
“Not only fun and instructive but also wonderfully written, I, Mammal takes us on an erudite journey through mammalian evolution. Liam Drew effortlessly weaves science together with all manner of often very funny anecdotes. Reading it will be a pleasure for scientists and non-specialists alike.” ―René Hen, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Columbia University
"I not only highly recommend reading I, Mammal, I also recommend doing so – as I did – with a notebook and pencil ready at hand so as to be ready to record the many interesting points...It is a book that not only brings new information to light, it helps to make connections between facts that might have already been known by the reader but not yet placed in a relationship to one another." - Johannes E. Riutta, The Well-Read Naturalist
About the Author
Liam Drew is a writer, former neurobiologist and mammal. He has a PhD in sensory biology from University College London, and spent twelve years researching the neural and genetic basis of schizophrenia, the biology of pain and the birth of new neurons in the adult mammalian brain at Columbia University, New York and at UCL. His writing has appeared in Nature, New Scientist, Slate and the Guardian. He is director of NeuWrite London, a London subsidiary of 'NeuWrite: a collaborative working group for scientists, writers, and those in between'. He lives in Kent with his wife and two daughters.
- ASIN : B071JYWFMW
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Sigma; 1st edition (November 2, 2017)
- Publication date : November 2, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1825 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 364 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #958,583 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I Mammal is written with intelligence, wit, and humor. It informs us about the evolution of milk, teeth, and all the other things that make us mammals. We learn about our warm-bloodedness, the evolution of our senses, and how our brains work. We find out what we have in common with other mammals, from cetaceans to horses to wolves and everything in between. I was particularly intrigued by all the stories of mammalian oddities – and I finally know everything I’ve ever wanted to know about the platypus.
This is a book that will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered about humans and other mammals and how we all evolved. I would also give this to any tween or teen in a heartbeat – because the gonadal tales are riveting, it’s going to hold a young person’s attention and that could result in careers being discovered.
Although science is not my main interest, I found this to enhance my understanding of the transition of life forms over millions of years and left questions as to the current and future relationships of fauna in the future. I was particularly interested in the comparison of the calory needs and energy levels of endotherms (warm-blooded) versus ectotherms (cold-blooded). The news that crocodiles may only feed once a year was surprising. The suggestion that some animals rely more on sound than sight made sense, although I had not thought of it before. It also follows that those same animals may be dull shades because they do not detect colors very well. It brought back memories of my high school biology class. It was a worthwhile read and will encourage me to pick up other scientifically oriented books in the future. It may do the same for you.
It helps you see all animals, especially mammals, in a new light. Yes that includes us--actually especially us. As an added bonus, the journey of discovery, in addition to what we discover, is enlightening. Thus this really appeals to me, a history grad who focused on the history of science, as you can not only grow your understanding of biology but also see how mankind's understanding of biology and anatomy grew over the years.
I don't know many people in my life who I know will definitely love this book, but I don't think that's a knock on this book as much as a facet to what it is. I'd say give it a go.
One of the things I learned from the book was just how few species of mammals there are relative to other forms of life like insects. It is also fun to learn about the platypus. An animal that caused classification issues for ages. I recommend this read for someone who might not be an in depth biologist, but rather a casual enthusiast or someone considering the field as an option.
Top reviews from other countries
Liam Drew takes us on an entertaining journey of how we became, and what it is to be, a mammal.
His funny and charming prose will keep the layman entertained, whilst his deep knowledge and detailed explanations will satisfy those with a science background.
The author also provides a unique personal perspective on mammals as he is one of them, and shows it by sharing how he came to realise what it implied in his life. As a different take on the expression about forest and trees, imagine a tree realising it's part of a forest. This is what the author is writing about when he shows that he's part of a greater whole, the thousands of mammal species on Earth. Quite interesting.