Eastern Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni boettgeri) hatching from egg. Captive, occurs in South East Europe.

An eastern Hermann’s tortoise prepares to leave its egg for the world

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Infinite Life
Jules Howard (Elliott & Thompson)

What do you think of when you picture an egg? Almost certainly something oval – most likely a hen’s egg, at least at first. But eggs as a broader category exist in many forms and have been around almost since the dawn of multicellular life.

Yet, as science writer Jules Howard lays out at the start of Infinite Life: A revolutionary story of eggs, evolution and life on Earth, they rarely…

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