By Desmond Morris
The graceful, noticed leopard could be the smallest of the large cats, yet its ferocity and solitary kind makes lions and tigers look puny compared. missing the social mentality of alternative animals, the leopard is stealthy and egocentric, ambushing its prey and sporting it excessive right into a tree the place it could possibly dine on my own. people name leopards the "perfect predator." In Leopard, well known zoologist Desmond Morris seeks to teach each side of the cat, delving into the interesting historical past of those superb animals.
Morris examines the leopard's athletic beauty, predatory ability, cautious shyness, and crafty intelligence whereas additionally exploring the animal's parental devotion, choice for solitude, and potential for revenge. as well as tracing the evolution of leopards, he considers how people have with regards to the animal all through heritage. Leopards, he indicates, have lengthy featured within the paintings, mythology, and folklore of historic Greece, Persia, Rome, or even England, the place they've got no longer lived for a number of millennia. yet people and leopards don't constantly coexist peacefully; as Morris explains, leopards were identified to assault people whilst their nutrition is scarce or they're injured. He finds how people have exploited the cats, trying to teach them for circus roles, and the way at the present time a few everyone is now making strides towards the leopard's conservation. He additionally describes their wealthy symbolism, appearances in literature and picture, and using the leopard print in either high fashion and down-market fashion.
Packed with compelling photos of this striking animal in motion, Leopard sheds new mild on those attractive cats.
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DNA fragment length is that expected of a virogene organization consisting of 10 kilobase pairs of uninterrupted DNA of 50% guanine + cytosine content flanked by a long region of about 38% G+C content (Figs. 24A and B). Virogenes in baboons are evolutionarily old genes, since related DNA sequences can be found by molecular hybridization in DNA of all old world primates, including apes and humans (BENVENISTE and TODARO, 1976; DONEHOWER, WONG-STAAL and GILLESPIE, 1977). Old world monkeys and apes shared a common ancestor some 30-50 million years ago, so the baboon virogenes must be at least that old.
10). 14C-Iabeled E. coli DNA (50% G C) and 3H-Iabeled SV 40 DNA (40% were included in each gradient to serve as density markers. 125I-Iabeled baboon endogenous virus RNA was hybridized to each gradient fraction as described in the legend to Fig. 10. The results of duplicate experiments are shown in Table 2 + 44 III. Organization of Endogenous Retrovirus Genes agarose (Fig. 1 kilobase pair fragments were isolated. Their apparent G C content was measured by centrifugation to equilibrium in gradients of NaI (Fig.
Leopard by Desmond Morris