Zebra Stripes (Hardback)Tim Caro (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
"Caro's study exemplifies how one should conduct such an investigation. . . . This is an exemplary study. This is how science should be done: patient, systematic, careful and comprehensive. Charles Darwin referred to his work On the Origin of Species as 'one long argument' for evolution by natural selection. Caro's Zebra Stripes is one long argument also--for this is in essence a 300-page scientific paper--and as such makes a fine academic behavioral ecology monograph."--Tim Birkhead, University of Sheffield "Times Higher Education "
"A tour de force that characterizes the biology, morphology, physiology, and behavior of the equid genus as a starting point for examining in detail the unique features of its striped members. Caro clearly and succinctly presents the competing hypotheses put forward over the last one-hundred-fifty years (some even earlier) for why zebras are striped. The mix of methods with facts and interpretation is compelling, making what could be a complex and tedious presentation one that is clear, engaging, and to the point. Zebra Stripes is an easy read, full of authoritative documentation from the literature bolstered by clever experiments (with Caro putting himself literally in a zebra's shoes--or actually a pelt), and constructed in a didactic, hypothetical, deductive way that gives it credibility. Its completeness and attention to detail will make it a must read."--Daniel I. Rubenstein, Princeton University
"Zebra Stripes is an attempt to answer the mysterious, longstanding, and popular question of why zebra have stripes. A personal journey in addition to a scientific appraisal of the evidence, it is highly original in its discussion of stripe hypotheses and its personal aspect; I am not aware of any work of comparable synthesis in depth or scope. It is comprehensive, up-to-date, and authoritative, and also contains a wealth of unpublished work and observations. Well written in a very readable style, interesting, and clear, Zebra Stripes will unquestionably be of importance to any specialist in the field and of much interest to biologists more broadly, especially those interested in animal coloration, behavior, and evolution. Highly successful."--Martin Stevens, University of Exeter, author of "Cheats and Deceits: How Animals and Plants Exploit and Mislead"
"In an era of big data, it might be considered quaint to spend over a decade studying a Victorian question, one that has been debated by Wallace, Darwin, and a cast of others: namely, the function of stripes on animals. And, indeed, why zebras, uniquely among equids (horses, zebras, and wild asses), have stripes. However, Caro's book Zebra Stripes is a testament to the power of comprehensive scholarship, logic, creativity, self-criticism, persistence, and passion, and shows that outstanding science can be done with limited support."--Daniel T. Blumstein, University of California, Los Angeles "Trends in Ecology & Evolution "
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