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In the Womb: Animals Hardcover – April 21, 2009
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". . . a book of breathtaking beauty and awesome drama. Brisk text and vivid images of embryos remind us of our shared ancestry with other animals, from dogs to dolphins, penguins to kangaroos. The astonishing transition to birth reminds us that all of us are capable of wondrous transformations. Thank you, Michael Sims, for this glorious tribute to the artistry of the womb."–Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig and Journey of the Pink Dolphins
"How can an air-breathing dolphin be born underwater? Why does a jellybean-sized kangaroo fetus decide to crawl out of the womb? Reading how species develop their diverse abilities while still in the womb is not just exhilarating; it is humbling to be reminded of the astounding diversity of life."–Bruce Fogle, author of New Dog and The New Encyclopedia of the Dog
"I cannot suggest a better present to a dog lover (or dolphin fanatic or elephant aficionado) than this beautiful book. Not only will you be enchanted by the images, the text too is quite wonderful, telling you lots of fascinating things I bet you didn’t (I didn’t) know."–Jeffrey Masson, author of When Elephants Weep and Do Dogs Never Lie about Love
"In the Womb: Animals offers a new window into animals’ amazing beginnings, through incredible images and thought-provoking text and true to National Geographic’s marvelous interpretation of life on our planet." –Joan Embery, president of the Embery Institute for Wildlife Conservation and conservation ambassador for the Zoological
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The author chose dog, dolphin and elephant and compared the time and stages of phases of development, from the beginning to where the offspring can stand on its own. He says that if all the considered babies were to start at the same time, then by the time an elephant baby sees the light of the day, puppy junior could soon be a mother.
Interlaced in these kinds of interesting facts, the author very comfortably pulls the information flow to different abstractions, talking at cell level one time, comparing minority mammals in their nurturing habits and so on.
The strangest thing I read was that Dolphins descended from land animals, and elephants from marine animals. There is even a picture of the terrestrial ancestor of dolphin. Pictures are the quick attraction of this book.
All along, there is a reference to the changes in the species due to evolution, which almost takes a powerhouse form - it should know, where the world is headed.