Acta Biotheoretica

, Volume 59, Issue 1, pp 87–92

The Prague school of Portmannian biology

Book review of Stanislav Komarek: Nature and Culture. The world of phenomena and world of interpretations, München: LINCOM, 2009
Book Review


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anthropology, Faculty of HumanitiesCharles UniversityPrague 5Czech Republic

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