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Sleeping Beauties The Mystery of Dormant Innovations in Nature and Culture

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Life innovates constantly – it just needs the right environment to succeed.

Pioneering mammals appeared when dinosaurs still ruled the roost, but over a hundred million years passed before they flourished. Grasses came on the scene sixty-five million years ago, but they took off only forty million years ago. Examples of 'sleeping beauties' – animals, plants and even human inventions – seem to be the exception rather than the rule. But why?

Through cutting-edge experiments, Andreas Wagner demonstrates that innovations come frequently and cheaply to nature, well before they are "needed". For proof, look no further than prehistoric bacteria that can resist synthetic antibiotics they've never encountered, or consider that there are more ways to digest glucose than there are stars in the universe. In human history, the thermometer was invented seven times, the telegraph four times and radar six times.

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Andreas Wagner is a professor and chairman at the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Zurich. He is the author of four books on evolutionary innovation, including Life Finds a Way, which is also published by Oneworld. He lives in Zurich.

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