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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Natural History Museum; First edition (26 Oct. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0565094033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0565094034
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1.6 x 17.6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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BBC Wildlife Magazine

An insightful read, revealing the staggering diversity of mechanisms for venom delivery, the chemical cocktails it contains, how it evolved and the ways in which it is contributing to other branches of science, particularly medicine. Far from being relished as ghoulish, in this book venom is celebrated as one of evolution's most --spectacular adaptations.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Venom researchers Jenner and Undheim record the stunning, often beautiful diversity of the world's venomous species and the parallel evolution of poisons and venoms in this generously illustrated--and shudder-inducing --volume. The authors carefully convey substantial physiological, chemical, and ethological information about the functions of nature's aggressive pharmacopeia, which has evolved numerous times for predation, defense, and other more surprising uses. Jenner

BOOKLIST
Venom! The very word inspires awe and terror. After all, who hasn't seen a rattlesnake bite a mouse, at least on TV? But as research scientists Jenner and Undheim establish in this look at some of the most dangerous animals in the world, venom is one of evolution's most elegant means of procuring food and defending oneself. First the authors define the difference between poisonous and venomous (poisons are transferred passively, venoms are delivered actively), then they move on to survey the different types of venom, the broad range of venomous animals, and the different ways venoms are delivered. Venoms are usually cocktails of different toxins, which can affect the victim in more than one way and can be subtle or brutal. The evolution of venom is a fascinating study, with venomous animals appearing in many taxa and striking similarities showing up in only distantly related species. The use of venoms in pharmaceuticals shows how the power of these toxins can be harnessed to fight disease and even to counter the damage caused by the venom itself.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Venom researchers Jenner and Undheim record the stunning, often beautiful diversity of the world's venomous species and the parallel evolution of poisons and venoms in this generously illustrated--and shudder-inducing --volume. The authors carefully convey substantial physiological, chemical, and ethological information about the functions of nature's aggressive pharmacopeia, which has evolved numerous times for predation, defense, and other more surprising uses. Jenner

About the Author

Ronald Jenner is a Research Leader in the Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, London. His empirical research investigates venom evolution, with a focus on neglected venomous invertebrates, while his theoretical work addresses conceptual issues in evolutionary biology.

Eivind Undheim is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia. His main research interest is the evolution of venoms and venom systems. His research covers a great diversity of animals, with a particular focus on centipedes, one of the oldest groups of venomous land animals.


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