The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History

The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History

by Thor Hanson

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ISBN-13: 9780465048724
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 651,510
File size: 25 MB
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About the Author

Thor Hanson is a conservation biologist, Guggenheim Fellow, Switzer Environmental Fellow, and winner of the John Burrough Medal for excellence in nature writing and natural history. The author of Feathers and The Impenetrable Forest, Hanson lives with his wife and son on an island in Washington State.

Table of Contents

Authors Note ix

Acknowledgments xi

Preface: "Heed!" xiii

Introduction: The Fierce Energy xix

Seeds Nourish

Chapter 1 Seed for a Day 3

Chapter 2 The Staff of Life 19

Chapter 3 Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut 39

Seeds Unite

Chapter 4 What the Spike Moss Knows 55

Chapter 5 Mendel's Spores 70

Seeds Endure

Chapter 6 Methuselah 83

Chapter 7 Take It to the Bank 96

Seeds Defend

Chapter 8 By Tooth, Beak, and Gnaw 113

Chapter 9 The Riches of Taste 128

Chapter 10 The Cheeriest Beans 143

Chapter 11 Death by Umbrella 161

Seeds Travel

Chapter 12 Irresistible Flesh 179

Chapter 13 By Wind and Wave 193

Conclusion: The Future of Seeds 211

Appendix A Common and Scientific Names 217

Appendix B Seed Conservation 223

Notes 225

Glossary 245

Bibliography 251

Index 267

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