Ghostly Muscles, Wrinkled Brains, Heresies and Hobbits: A Leverhulme Public Lecture Series

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Overview

The Leverhulme Trust (UK) required Charles Oxnard to present a series of public lectures during his tenure of a Leverhulme Professorship at the University of Liverpool and University College, London. The lectures had to be understandable not only to undergraduate and graduate students and colleagues, but also to the interested lay public. Furthermore, they were expected to meet and venture beyond present-day thought in the subject. This near-impossible task is reproduced in this unique volume.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789812797438
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/29/2008
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction xv

Chapter 1 The Shape of Bones: Tension and Compression 1

Chapter 2 A Fifty Year Love Affair with Spongy Bone 39

Chapter 3 Ghosts of the Past: Muscles and Bones 83

Chapter 4 Reversing Development: From Adult to Gene! 135

Chapter 5 Now You See It, Now You Don't: Hidden Aspects of Form 177

Chapter 6 The Origins of Ancient Humans: 8,004,004 BC! 217

Chapter 7 Modern Humans and Heresies 261

Chapter 8 Homo floresiensis: A Very Cold Case! 289

Chapter 9 Brains, Babies and Vitamin B12 349

Chapter 10 New Wrinkles on Old Brains 391

Chapter 11 The Wonder of Human Evolution 447

Index 457

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