The Giraffe's Long Neck

Craig Holdrege


From Evolutionary Fable to Whole Organism

Nature Institute Perspectives #4

This book provides a comprehensive picture of the giraffe's biology and ecology and also discusses the complex and controversial issue of its evolution.

Since Craig Holdrege's intention is to break through the strictures of narrowly confined conceptions of the giraffe and of evolution, neither card-carrying Darwinists nor Creationists will be happy with this book. The debate concerning evolution, intelligent design, and creationism is framed largely by dogmatic points of view and highly polarized. The goethean-phenomenological approach applied in this book provides a fresh, open-ended perspective by acknowledging the facts that speak for evolution and evolutionary patterns, while avoiding pitfalls of the all-too-simple explanations of contemporary Darwinism.

Holdrege's goal is not to explain the giraffe's characteristics or to speculate about how they might have evolved, but rather to show how the giraffe's features are interconnected and integrated within the context of the whole animal. A remarkable picture of the giraffe emerges.

This timely book will be of interest to the general public and especially valuable to scientists and educators looking for fresh perspectives.

The Nature Institute
104 pages
5.5 x 8.5 inches