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Darwin Comes to Town

Author : Menno Schilthuizen
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*Carrion crows in the Japanese city of Sendai have learned to use passing traffic to crack nuts. *Lizards in Puerto Rico are evolving feet that better grip surfaces like concrete. *Europe’s urban blackbirds sing at a higher pitch than their rural cousins, to be heardover the din of traffic. How is this happening? Menno Schilthuizen is one of a growing number of “urban ecologists” studying how our manmade environments are accelerating and changing the evolution of the animals and plants around us. In Darwin Comes to Town, he takes us around the world for an up-close look at just how stunningly flexible and swift-moving natural selection can be. With human populations growing, we’re having an increasing impact on global ecosystems, and nowhere do these impacts overlap as much as they do in cities. The urban environment is about as extreme as it gets, and the wild animals and plants that live side-by-side with us need to adapt to a whole suite of challenging conditions: they must manage in the city’s hotter climate (the “urban heat island”); they need to be able to live either in the semidesert of the tall, rocky, and cavernous structures we call buildings or in the pocket-like oases of city parks (which pose their own dangers, including smog and free-rangingdogs and cats); traffic causes continuous noise, a mist of fine dust particles, and barriers to movement for any animal that cannot fly or burrow; food sources are mainly human-derived. And yet, as Schilthuizen shows, the wildlife sharing these spaces with us is not just surviving, but evolving ways of thriving. Darwin Comes toTown draws on eye-popping examples of adaptation to share a stunning vision of urban evolution in which humans and wildlife co-exist in a unique harmony. It reveals that evolution can happen far more rapidly than Darwin dreamed, while providing a glimmer of hope that our race toward over population might not take the rest of nature down with us.

Urban Evolutionary Biology

Author : Marta Szulkin
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Urban Evolutionary Biology fills an important knowledge gap on wild organismal evolution in the urban environment, whilst offering a novel exploration of the fast-growing new field of evolutionary research. The growing rate of urbanization and the maturation of urban study systems worldwide means interest in the urban environment as an agent of evolutionary change is rapidly increasing. We are presently witnessing the emergence of a new field of research in evolutionary biology. Despite its rapid global expansion, the urban environment has until now been a largely neglected study site among evolutionary biologists. With its conspicuously altered ecological dynamics, it stands in stark contrast to the natural environments traditionally used as cornerstones for evolutionary ecology research. Urbanization can offer a great range of new opportunities to test for rapid evolutionary processes as a consequence of human activity, both because of replicate contexts for hypothesis testing, but also because cities are characterized by an array of easily quantifiable environmental axes of variation and thus testable agents of selection. Thanks to a wide possible breadth of inference (in terms of taxa) that may be studied, and a great variety of analytical methods, urban evolution has the potential to stand at a fascinating multi-disciplinary crossroad, enriching the field of evolutionary biology with emergent yet incredibly potent new research themes where the urban habitat is key. Urban Evolutionary Biology is an advanced textbook suitable for graduate level students as well as professional researchers studying the genetics, evolutionary biology, and ecology of urban environments. It is also highly relevant to urban ecologists and urban wildlife practitioners.

The Texas Criminal Reports

Author : Texas. Court of Criminal Appeals
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New Scientist

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New Scientist magazine was launched in 1956 "for all those men and women who are interested in scientific discovery, and in its industrial, commercial and social consequences". The brand's mission is no different today - for its consumers, New Scientist reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour set in the context of society and culture.

Cincinnati Magazine

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Cincinnati Magazine taps into the DNA of the city, exploring shopping, dining, living, and culture and giving readers a ringside seat on the issues shaping the region.

Timbisha Shoshone Homeland Legislative

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Better in Darkness

Author : Edward Chalfant
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Follows Adams' later years, from his tenure as a Harvard professor through his covert role in late nineteenth-century American politics, and discusses his marriage and the publication of his "History of the United States"

With Darwin in Chile

Author : John Meehan
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Charles Darwin His Life and Work

Author : Charles Frederick Holder
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Darwin

Author : Wilma George
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Hardwicke s Science gossip

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Science gossip

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Hardwicke s Science gossip

Author : Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
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Erasmus Darwin

Author : Donald M. Hassler
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Features a biographical sketch of English physician and poet Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), the grandfather of English naturalist Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882). Notes that Erasmus Darwin believed in the possibility of the development of species.

The History of Guilford Connecticut

Author : Ralph Dunning Smith
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New Scientist

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The Athenaeum

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Lonely Lands

Author : Francis Birtles
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Trouble with natives at Wollogarang cattle station (near Nicholson R.); General notes on natives of district; Attacked by natives near Newcastle Waters; Natives set fire to country in search for game near Tennants Creek.

Biographical Lectures

Author : George Dawson
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Nolan Ryan

Author : Ken Anderson
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A biography of Texas native Nolan Ryan, focusing on his baseball career, from Little League to the majors.