Moonstruck: How lunar cycles affect life (Paperback)
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Moonstruck: How lunar cycles affect life (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 23/10/2018
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Throughout history, the influence of the full Moon on humans and animals has featured in folklore and myths. Yet it has become increasingly apparent that many organisms really are influenced indirectly, and in some cases directly, by the lunar cycle. Breeding behaviour among some marine animals has been demonstrated to be controlled by internal circalunar biological clocks, to the point where lunar-daily and lunar-monthly patterns of Moon-generated tides are embedded in their genes. Yet, intriguingly, Moon-related behaviours are also found in dry land and fresh water species living far beyond the influence of any tides. In Moonstruck, Ernest Naylor dismisses the myths concerning the influence of the Moon, but shows through a range of fascinating examples the remarkable real effects that we are now finding through science. He suggests that since the advent of evolution on Earth, which occurred shortly after the formation of the Moon, animals evolved adaptations to the lunar cycle, and considers whether, if Moon-clock genes occur in other animals, they also might exist in us?

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198724223
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 192 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
...Naylor gives us the "full Moon": the deep history, classical science and myth surrounding Earth's beautiful, enigmatic satellite. * Nature *
Beautifully details the Moon's influence on life on Earth...a worthy choice of reading matter. * Kim Last, Ocean Challenge *
Comprehensive yet approachable ... A reader should be prepared to do a bit of marching through the middle sections, but on the whole it provides a fascinating look at many myths and truths about our planet's natural rhythms. * Wall Street Journal *
The book documents an interesting emerging field * Network Review *

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