Life is beautiful, ruthless, and very, very strange.
In the evolutionary arms race that has raged on since life began, organisms have developed an endless variety of survival strategies. From sharp claws to brute strength, camouflage to venom - all these tools and abilities share one purpose: to keep their bearer alive long enough to reproduce, helping the species avoid extinction. Every living thing on this planet has developed a time-tested arsenal of weapons and defences. Some of these weapons and defences, however, are decidedly more unusual than others.
In Strange Survivors, biologist One R. Pagan takes us on a tour of the improbable, the ingenious, and the just plain bizarre ways that creatures fight for life. Inside this funny, fascinating field guide to nature's most colourful characters, you'll meet killer snails, social bacteria, and an animal with toxic elbows. But Strange Survivors is more than a collection of curiosities - it is a love letter to science and an argument for the continuing relevance of this evolutionary battle as we face the threat of resistant bacteria and the need for novel medical therapies. Whether discussing blood-thinning bats and electric fish or pondering the power of cooperation, Pagan reveals the surprising lessons found in some of life's natural oddities and how the tactics they employ to live might aid our own survival.
One R. Pagan
Country of Publication:
27 February 2018
Professional and scholarly
Further / Higher Education
Introduction Chapter 1: The E Word Chapter 2: The Language of Life Chapter 3: It All Starts with a Spark Chapter 4: Unusual Suspects Chapter 5: The Fast and the Hangry Chapter 6: The Very Best Survival Tactic of Them All Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Index
Dr. One R. Pagan is a husband and a father, as well as a biology professor, scientist, blogger, and writer. He is in absolute awe of the natural world, especially the fact that it can be understood through science and mathematics. He spends quite a bit of his time explaining science to family, students, and essentially anyone within earshot. He also loves learning about nature firsthand through his scientific research. He has published original work in various scientific journals including the International Journal of Developmental Biology, Neuroscience Letters, Toxicon, Neurochemical Research, and Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior among others. He holds an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences and a Master's degree in Biochemistry, both from the University of Puerto Rico, and a Doctorate in Pharmacology with a strong emphasis in neurobiology, from Cornell University.