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Humans are mammals. Most of us appreciate that at some level. But what does it mean for us to have more in common with a horse and an elephant than we do with a parrot, snake or frog?
After a misdirected football left new father Liam Drew clutching a uniquely mammalian part of his anatomy, he decided to find out more. Considering himself as a mammal first and a human second, Liam delves into ancient biological history to understand what it means to be mammalian.
In his humorous and engaging style, Liam explores the different characteristics that distinguish mammals from other types of animals. He charts the evolution of milk, warm blood and burgeoning brains, and examines the emergence of sophisticated teeth, exquisite ears, and elaborate reproductive biology, plus a host of other mammalian innovations. Entwined are tales of zoological peculiarities and reflections on how being a mammal has shaped the author's life.
I, Mammal is a history of mammals and their ancestors and of how science came to grasp mammalian evolution. And in celebrating our mammalian-ness, Liam Drew binds us a little more tightly to the five and a half thousand other species of mammal on this planet and reveals the deep roots of many traits humans hold dear.
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If you could sum up I, Mammal in three words, what would they be?
very informing about mamals
What other book might you compare I, Mammal to and why?
This is unique type of book. Deals with what makes a mammal a mammal and why
What about Neil Gardner’s performance did you like?
Very personable, seems like he is there in person lecturing. Does sort of drone on though
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Ha. Not a subject for a film. What would you do have him om a lectern, showing slides?
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