David Bainbridge

  • Phyloge´ne´tique, taxonomie, cartographie ge´ne´tique, phe´ne´tique, syste´matique, biostratigraphie, taphonomie, ge´nomique... de nombreuses disciplines d'aujourd'hui se sont constitue´es au fil du temps, a` force de vouloir repre´senter, de´crire, classer les espe`ces animales.

    Ce livre propose de de´rouler l'histoire de ces classifications, de l'Antiquite´ jusqu'a` nos jours au travers d'une foisonnante iconographie. Associant des regards artistiques aux de´couvertes scientifiques, elles nous de´peignent l'univers animal sous forme de paraboles, d'arbres, de labyrinthes, comme une terra incognita, voire comme un reflet de nous-me^mes...

  • David Bainbridge is a vet with a particular interest in evolutionary zoology - and he has just turned forty. As well as the usual concerns about greying hair, failing eyesight and goldfish levels of forgetfulness, he finds himself pondering some bigger questions: have I come to the end of my productive life as a human being? And what I am now for? By looking afresh at the latest research from the fields of anthropology, neuroscience, psychology, and reproductive biology, it seems that the answers are surprisingly, reassuringly encouraging. In clear, engaging and amiable prose, Bainbridge explains the science behind the physical, mental and emotional changes men and women experience between the ages of 40 and 60, and reveals the evolutionary - and personal - benefits of middle age, which is unique to human beings and helps to explain the extraordinary success of our species.

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