Why Elephants Have Big Ears
Understanding Patterns of Life on Earth
By Chris Lavers
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312269029, 288pp.)
Publication Date: March 2001
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Why Elephants Have Big Ears is the result of one man's lifelong quest to understand why the creatures of the earth appear and act as they do. In a wry manner and personal tone, Chris Lavers explores and solves some of nature's most challenging evolutionary mysteries, such as why birds are small and plentiful, why rivers and lakes are dominated by the few remaining large reptiles, why most of the large land-dwellers are mammals, and many more.
Chris Lavers is a lecturer at the School of Geography, University of Nottingham, England, from which he holds a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology. His work has been published in numerous journals and magazines, including New Statesman.
"Why Elephants Have Big Ears expresses a wonderfully quirky curiosity about biology. Chris Lavers skillfully melds physiology, evolution, biomechanics, and ecology to answer questions almost too big to be asked. A delightful read." - Pat Shipman, Rhone-Poulenc Prize-winning co-author of The Wisdom of the Bones and author of Taking Wing
"If you want to understand evolution, read this. A pachyderm of a book!" - David Bellamy, author of Bellamy's New World
"A book which evokes a deeper fascination for nature's marvels." - Richard Leakey, author of The Origin of Mankind
"Holds delights for readers of all ages." - Publishers Weekly
"An excellent introduction to both physiology and biogeography." -- Booklist