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The Most Perfect Thing
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How are eggs of different shapes made, and why are they the shapes they are? When does the shell of an egg harden? Why do some eggs contain two yolks? How are the colours and patterns of eggshells created, and why do they vary? And which end of an egg is laid first - the blunt end or the pointy end?

These are just some of the questions The Most Perfect Thing answers, as the journey of a bird's egg from creation and fertilisation to its eventual hatching is examined, with current scientific knowledge placed within an historical context.

Beginning with an examination of the stunning eggs of the guillemot, each of which is so variable in pattern and colour that no two are ever the same, acclaimed ornithologist Tim Birkhead then looks at the eggs of hens, cuckoos and many other birds, revealing weird and wonderful facts about these miracles of nature. Woven around and supporting these facts are extraordinary stories of the individuals who, from as far back as ancient Egypt, have been fixated on the study and collection of eggs, not always to the benefit of their conservation.

Firmly grounded in science and enriched by a wealth of observation drawn from a lifetime spent studying birds, The Most Perfect Thing is an illuminating and engaging exploration of the science behind eggs and the history of man's obsession with them.

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ISBN
1543625363
EAN
9781543625363
Publication Date
04/07/2017
Pages
0
Dimension
17.15cm x 13.34cm x 1.27cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
0
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About Author

Birkhead, Tim
Tim Birkhead is Professor of Behavioral Ecology at the University of Sheffield.

Armstrong, Gareth
Gareth Armstrong was born in Wales and graduated with a degree in Drama from Hull University. He has worked extensively as an actor and director in regional theatre, and appeared in the West End and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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