THE MOST PERFECT THING: INSIDE (AND OUTSIDE) A BIRD'S EGG.

By: Birkhead, Tim.

Price: $15.00 USD

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Book Condition: Very Good


288 pp, 8 1/2" H. Colour plates, b&w drawings."Reveals how eggs in general are made, fertilized, developed, and hatched. Which end of an egg is laid first, the blunt end or the pointed end? Why do some eggs contain two yolks? How are the colors and patterns on an eggshell created, and why do they vary? From the earliest times, the study of birds' ovaries and ova (eggs) has played a vital role in the quest to unravel the mysteries of fertilization and embryo development in humans and other animals. Birkhead uses birds' eggs as wondrous portals into natural history, enlivened by the stories of naturalists and scientists, including Birkhead himself and his students, whose discoveries have advanced current scientific knowledge of reproduction." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has some areas of light edge wrinkling, black pen mark through barcode on rear panel.