Darwin Comes to Town

Author:   Menno Schilthuizen
Publisher:   Quercus Publishing
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9781786481085


Pages:   304
Publication Date:   07 February 2019
Format:   Paperback
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We are marching towards a future in which three-quarters of humans live in cities, more than half of the landmass of the planet is urbanized, and the rest is covered by farms,pasture, and plantations. Increasingly, as we become ever more city-centric, species and ecosystems crafted by millions of years of evolution teeter on the brink of extinction - or have already disappeared. A growing band of 'urban ecologists' is beginning to realize that natural selection is not so easily stopped. They are finding that more and more plants and animals are adopting new ways of living in the seemingly hostile environments of asphalt and steel that we humans have created. Carrion crows in the Japanese city of Sendai, for example, have learned to use passing traffic to crack nuts for them; otters and bobcats, no longer persecuted by humans, are waiting at the New York City gates; superb fairy-wrens in Australia have evolved different mating structures for nesting in strips of vegetation along roads; while distinct populations of London underground mosquitoes have been fashioned by the varied tube line environments. Menno Schilthuizen shows us that evolution can happen far more rapidly than Darwin had dared dream.

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Author:   Menno Schilthuizen
Publisher:   Quercus Publishing
Imprint:   Quercus Publishing
Dimensions:   Width: 13.00cm , Height: 2.40cm , Length: 19.60cm
Weight:   0.240kg
ISBN:  

9781786481085


ISBN 10:   1786481081
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   07 February 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Invigorating and beautifully written. - BBC Wildlife My eyes and ears have been opened to the emerging science of urban ecology by Menno Schilthuizen - Financial Times Delightful and charmingly written - Daily Telegraph Spellbinding and important - Sunday Times


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Menno Schilthuizen is a Dutch evolutionary biologist, ecologist, and permanent research scientist at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden and a professor in character evolution and biodiversity at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He has published numerous articles about evolution and ecology and three popular science books.

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