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This classic work is an exploration of what natural history is, and a sustained effort to see how it relates to other areas of biology. Marston Bates did not attempt to overwhelm his audience with facts or overinterpret those he did use, and, perhaps for this reason, The Nature of Natural History is a timeless work. The author's genuine interest in the tropics has a very current feeling, and the first ten or fifteen chapters of the work have a style that is parallel to that of David Attenborough's verbal presentations of nature. From the book: "I have already made several remarks about the connection between parasitism and degeneracy. I suspect this is a matter of point of view. We are predatory animals ourselves, and consequently admire the characteristics of predationagility, speed, cunning, self-reliance. We feel a certain kinship with the lion, and regard the liver fluke with horror. If a sheep were given the choice, though, it might prefer to be debilitated by liver flukes rather than killed by a lion."

Originally published in 1990.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface to the Princeton Science Library Edition
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. I The Science of Natural History
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. II The Naming of Organisms
  2. pp. 9-22
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  1. III The Catalogue of Nature
  2. pp. 23-41
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  1. IV The History of Organisms
  2. pp. 42-55
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  1. V Reproduction
  2. pp. 56-71
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  1. VI The Development of the Individual
  2. pp. 72-89
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  1. VII The Environment
  2. pp. 90-105
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  1. VIII Biotic Communities
  2. pp. 106-121
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  1. IX Partnership and Cooperation
  2. pp. 122-136
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  1. X Parasitism
  2. pp. 137-154
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  1. XI The Behavior of Individuals
  2. pp. 155-168
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  1. XII The Behavior of Populations
  2. pp. 169-186
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  1. XIII Biological Geography
  2. pp. 187-203
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  1. XIV Adaptations
  2. pp. 204-221
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  1. XV The Mechanism of Evolution
  2. pp. 222-237
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  1. XVI Natural History and Human Economy
  2. pp. 238-251
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  1. XVII The Natural History of Naturalists
  2. pp. 252-267
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  1. XVIII Tactics, Strategy and the Goal
  2. pp. 268-284
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  1. Appendix I: The Literature of Natural History
  2. pp. 285-298
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  1. Appendix II: The Recent Literature of Natural History
  2. pp. 299-310
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 311-321
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400861545
MARC Record
OCLC
885382240
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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