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The Seeds Of Life: From Aristotle to da Vinci, from Sharks' Teeth to Frogs' Pants, the Long and Strange Quest to Discover Where Babies Come From

Edward Dolnick.
Item #: D03455
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 320 / 2017
Publisher: Basic.
ISBN: 9780465082957
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Throughout most of human history, people knew the basics: men and women had sex, and sometimes babies followed. But beyond that the origins of life were a colossal mystery, one that perplexed scientists, many of whom were limited by their inherent assumptions. Taking a page from investigative thrillers, Edward Dolnick looks to these thinkers as if they were detectives hot on the trail of a bedeviling and urgent mystery. In this witty history, Dolnick introduces an Italian surgeon using shark teeth to ascertain that female reproductive organs were not "failed" male genitalia, and a Catholic priest who designed ingenious miniature pants to prove that frogs required semen to fertilize their eggs.


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