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Diatoms to Dinosaurs: Size and Scale of Living Things

Diatoms to Dinosaurs: Size and Scale of Living Things

ISBN 9780140281040
Edition New ed
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
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Overview
A mouse weighs about one ounce, has a heart rate of 700 beats per minute, a gestation period of 21 days, and lives for less than 3 years. A 5-ton elephant has a heart rate of 30 beats per minute, a 22 month gestation period, a slow metabolic rate and lives for 60 years or more. How are these facts related? In this text Christopher McGowan investigates a wide range of size-related phenomena, from the gliding mechnism of diatoms to blood pressure problems of dinosaurs. A journey through the natural world and life in its various forms.
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