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Sekaiichi no Kyodai Seibutsu [Nature's Giants]

Popular Science
By: Graeme D Ruxton(Author), Hinata Yayoi(Translated by)
224 pages, 350 colour photos and colour illustrations
Publisher: Ekusunarejji
Sekaiichi no Kyodai Seibutsu [Nature's Giants]
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Language: Japanese

The past and present giants of our world – dinosaurs, whales, and even trees – are a source of unending fascination, and their sheer scale is awe-inspiring. Size is integral to the way that organisms experience the world: a puddle that a human being would step over without thinking is an entire world to thousands of microscopic rotifers. But why are creatures the size that they are? Why aren't bugs the size of elephants, or whales the size of goldfish?

In this beautifully illustrated new book, biologist Graeme Ruxton explains how and why nature's giants came to be so large, for example, how decreased oxygen levels limited the size of insects and how island isolation allowed small-bodied animals to evolve larger body sizes. Through a diverse array of examples, from huge butterflies to giant squid, Ruxton explores the physics, biology, and evolutionary drivers behind organism size, showing what it's like to live large.

Summary in Japanese:
彼らはなぜ、巨大になったのか⁉
目を見張るような巨大生物の雄大な姿や生態、そしてその進化の不思議を巡る、今までにない画期的な一冊!

陸上を闊歩するゾウやサイ、悠々と泳ぐジュゴンやマナティ
大海を泳ぐホオジロザメやマンボウ、史上最大の動物であるシロナガスクジラ
大空を飛ぶアホウドリや地を駆けるダチョウ、手の平からあふれるほどの大きい昆虫
深海に潜むタカアシガニやダイオウイカ、巨大ヘビや巨大ワニ、超巨大な寄生虫
さらには動物の大きさを圧倒的に凌駕する巨木から、恐竜をはじめとする古生物まで……

さまざまな巨大生物は人々を魅了し、畏敬の対象にもなってきました。

彼らはなぜ大きくなったのか、そしてその代償として失ったものとは何なのか。
各グループの巨大生物を、それぞれの祖先である絶滅種までさかのぼり、その不思議を読み解きます。

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Popular Science
By: Graeme D Ruxton(Author), Hinata Yayoi(Translated by)
224 pages, 350 colour photos and colour illustrations
Publisher: Ekusunarejji
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