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4. From the Big Bang to the big brain

4. From the Big Bang to the big brain  

Michael O’Shea

in The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776496
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853929.003.0004
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‘From the Big Bang to the big brain’ charts the evolutionary history of the nervous system. The ability to sense and act on environmental stimuli exists even in single celled organisms. ... More
1. Thinking about the brain

1. Thinking about the brain  

Michael O’Shea

in The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776496
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853929.003.0001
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‘Thinking about the brain’ asks: How do we even begin to contemplate our own thoughts? Thinking about the brain creates a self-referential paradox — we need to use our brain to think about ... More
5. The bilaterians: building a body

5. The bilaterians: building a body  

Peter Holland

in The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780199593217.003.0005
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Most animals are Bilateria. ‘The bilaterians: building a body’ explains that Bilaterians have ‘bilateral symmetry’, meaning they have a single line of mirror-image symmetry running down the ... More
9. Deuterostomes II: the rise of vertebrates

9. Deuterostomes II: the rise of vertebrates  

Peter Holland

in The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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10.1093/actrade/9780199593217.003.0009
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‘Deuterostomes II: the rise of vertebrates’ describes the key features of animals in the Chordata phylum — large size, efficient blood circulation, dynamic skeleton, intricate brain, ... More
8. Deuterostomes I: starfish, sea squirts, and amphioxus

8. Deuterostomes I: starfish, sea squirts, and amphioxus  

Peter Holland

in The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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10.1093/actrade/9780199593217.003.0008
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‘Deuterostomes I: starfish, sea squirts, and amphioxus’ is concerned with some of the phyla of the Deuterostomia superphylum — the Echinodermata, Hemichordata, and the Chordata subphyla ... More
10. Regeneration

10. Regeneration  

Lewis Wolpert

in Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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9780191778100
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601196.003.0011
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Regeneration is the ability of the fully developed organism to replace tissues, organs, and appendages. ‘Regeneration’ distinguishes between two types of regeneration: epimorphosis where ... More
7. Broken brain: invention and intervention

7. Broken brain: invention and intervention  

Michael O’Shea

in The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776496
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853929.003.0007
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‘Broken brain’ explains the convergence of neuroscience and the physical sciences in the twenty-first century and beyond. The brain does not work like a normal computer, and there is ... More
3. The evolutionary tree of animals

3. The evolutionary tree of animals  

Peter Holland

in The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778049
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10.1093/actrade/9780199593217.003.0003
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‘The evolutionary tree of animals’ charts the changing views on Animal Kingdom classification from Ernst Haeckel's earliest evolutionary trees in the 1860s to the more modern Coelomata ... More
7. Ecdysozoa: insects and nematodes

7. Ecdysozoa: insects and nematodes  

Peter Holland

in The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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10.1093/actrade/9780199593217.003.0007
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‘Ecdysozoa: insects and nematodes’ explains how DNA sequencing has resulted in two very different phyla — arthropods (insects) and nematodes (roundworms) — belonging to the same ... More
The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Holland

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Nov 2011
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10.1093/actrade/9780199593217.001.0001
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The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction presents a modern tour of the animal kingdom. Beginning with the definition of animals, this VSI goes on to show the high-level ... More
1. What is an animal?

1. What is an animal?  

Peter Holland

in The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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‘What is an animal?’ outlines the criteria for defining an ‘animal’. There are characteristics by which we recognize animals — they are multicellular, get the energy necessary for life by ... More
11. Enigmatic animals

11. Enigmatic animals  

Peter Holland

in The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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10.1093/actrade/9780199593217.003.0011
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Could the current Animal Kingdom phylogenetic tree change? ‘Enigmatic animals’ predicts that it will not, but that new phyla may be discovered in the remote areas of the deep sea and ... More
Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction  

Lewis Wolpert

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Aug 2011
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9780191778100
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601196.001.0001
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Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction provides a concise account of what we now know about development, discussing the first vital steps of growth, the patterning ... More
2. Vertebrates

2. Vertebrates  

Lewis Wolpert

in Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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9780191778100
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601196.003.0003
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‘Vertebrates’ explains the developmental stages of vertebrates from embryos, including the development of the antero-posterior and dorso-ventral axes that define the left and right sides of ... More
8. Nervous system

8. Nervous system  

Lewis Wolpert

in Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601196.003.0009
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The nervous system is the most complex of the organ systems in the animal embryo. ‘Nervous system’ shows that the nervous-system development can be divided into four major stages: the ... More
The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

The Brain: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael O'Shea

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Dec 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776496
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853929.001.0001
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9780192853929
How does the brain work? The Brain, A Very Short Introduction provides a non-technical introduction to the main issues and findings in current brain research, and gives a sense of how ... More
4. Shedding light on the clock

4. Shedding light on the clock  

Russell G. Foster and Leon Kreitzman

in Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
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9780191787164
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10.1093/actrade/9780198717683.003.0004
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9780198717683
Most circadian clocks make use of a sun-based mechanism as the primary entraining signal to lock the internal day to the astronomical day. For nearly four billion years, dawn and dusk has ... More

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