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Arthropod Brains: Evolution, Functional Elegance, and Historical Significance

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In The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin proposed that an ant's brain, no larger than a pin's head, must be sophisticated to accomplish all that it does. Yet today many people still find it surprising that insects and other arthropods show behaviors that are much more complex than innate reflexes. They are products of versatile brains which, in a sense, think.

Fascinating in their own right, arthropods provide fundamental insights into how brains process and organize sensory information to produce learning, strategizing, cooperation, and sociality. Nicholas Strausfeld elucidates the evolution of this knowledge, beginning with nineteenth-century debates about how similar arthropod brains were to vertebrate brains. This exchange, he shows, had a profound and far-reaching impact on attitudes toward evolution and animal origins. Many renowned scientists, including Sigmund Freud, cut their professional teeth studying arthropod nervous systems. The greatest neuroanatomist of them all, Santiago Ramón y Cajal-founder of the neuron doctrine-was awed by similarities between insect and mammalian brains.

Writing in a style that will appeal to a broad readership, Strausfeld weaves anatomical observations with evidence from molecular biology, neuroethology, cladistics, and the fossil record to explore the neurobiology of the largest phylum on earth-and one that is crucial to the well-being of our planet. Highly informative and richly illustrated, Arthropod Brains offers an original synthesis drawing on many fields, and a comprehensive reference that will serve biologists for years to come.

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Insects and other arthropods show complex behaviors that are products of versatile brains which, in a sense, think. Strausfeld weaves anatomical observations, molecular biology, neuroethology, cladistics, and the fossil record to explore how arthropod brains process sensory information to produce learning, strategizing, cooperation, and sociality.

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2012 Association of American Publishers PROSE Award for Excellence, Biological Science Category

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2012 PROSE Award for Excellence in Biological and Life Sciences

About the Author

Nicholas James Strausfeld is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and a recipient of a Guggenheim and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is a Regents' Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Arizona, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and an Adjunct Professor of Art. He currently directs the university's Center for Insect Science.

University of Arizona

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674046337
Author:
Strausfeld, Nicholas James
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Subject:
Biology-Entomology and General Invertebrates
Subject:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience
Subject:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences/Evolution
Subject:
Science -- History.
Subject:
Science-Research & Methodology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series Volume:
Evolution, Functiona
Publication Date:
20120102
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
175 color illustrations, 24 halftones
Pages:
848

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
Reference » Science Reference » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Entomology and General Invertebrates
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » General

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Product details 848 pages Belknap Press - English 9780674046337 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Insects and other arthropods show complex behaviors that are products of versatile brains which, in a sense, think. Strausfeld weaves anatomical observations, molecular biology, neuroethology, cladistics, and the fossil record to explore how arthropod brains process sensory information to produce learning, strategizing, cooperation, and sociality.
"Synopsis" by , 2012 Association of American Publishers PROSE Award for Excellence, Biological Science Category
"Synopsis" by , 2012 PROSE Award for Excellence in Biological and Life Sciences
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