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Natural history new titles

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Pleased to meet me  by Bill (William J.) Sullivan

Pleased to meet me

Bill (William J.) Sullivan

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Why are you attracted to a certain "type?" Why are you a morning person? Why do you vote the way you do? From a witty new voice in popular science comes a life-changing look at what makes you you. "I can't believe I just said that." "What possessed me...

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Rise of the necrofauna  by Britt Wray

Rise of the necrofauna

Britt Wray

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"[Here], Britt Wray takes us deep int the minds of some of the world's most progressive thinkers to find out the truth about de-extinction. She introduces us to ... futurists like Stewart Brand and scientists like George Church, who are harnessing the...

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The mosquito  by Timothy C. (Timothy Charles) Winegard

The mosquito

Timothy C. (Timothy Charles) Winega...

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A ground-breaking work of narrative non-fiction that offers a dramatic new perspective on human history. What was George Washington's secret weapon during the American Revolution, and how did it lead to Britain colonising Australia? What protected Popes...

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The secret therapy of trees  by Marco Mencagli

The secret therapy of trees

Marco Mencagli

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Our connection to nature is deeply rooted in the history of our evolution. Unfortunately, we have less green space than ever, and our stress and anxiety levels are at an all-time high. Studies have shown that increased exposure to green space can result...

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Novacene  by James Lovelock

Novacene

James Lovelock

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James Lovelock, creator of the Gaia hypothesis and the greatest environmental thinker of our time, has produced an astounding new theory about future of life on Earth. He argues that the anthropocene the age in which humans acquired planetary-scale.....

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Biology essentials  by René Fester Kratz

Biology essentials

René Fester Kratz

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Biology Essentials For Dummies focuses on just the core concepts you need to succeed in an introductory biology course. From identifying the structures and functions of plants and animals to grasping the crucial discoveries in evolutionary, reproductive,...

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The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef

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The iconic and beautiful Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is home to one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. With contributions from international experts, this timely and fully updated second edition describes the animals, plants and other organisms...

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Birdology  by Sy Montgomery

Birdology

Sy Montgomery

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A entertaining blend of science and personal stories that gives new understanding to those spellbinding, otherworldly creatures we encounter every day.

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The Kiwi  by Matt Elliott

The Kiwi

Matt Elliott

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"It can't fly ... has nostrils at the end of its long beak... cat-like whiskers ... the body temperature of a mammal... sharp claws and strong legs to defend itself ... lays an egg six times larger than that of a chicken ... lives in a burrow ... can...

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What is life?  by Addy Pross

What is life?

Addy Pross

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Seventy years ago, Erwin Schrodinger posed a simple, yet profound, question: 'What is life?'. How could the very existence of such extraordinary chemical systems be understood? This problem has puzzled biologists and physical scientists both before, and...

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Urban arboreal  by Michael 1941- author. Jordan

Urban arboreal

Michael 1941- author. Jordan

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"Trees are an important part of the life of many cities. Whether in avenues or parks they provide shade, a green resting place for the eye, comfort for the mind, and as we increasingly know from research, help keep the atmosphere cool and fresh. Some...

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Giants of the monsoon forest  by Jacob Shell

Giants of the monsoon forest

Jacob Shell

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High in the mountainous rainforests of Burma and India grow some of the world's last stands of mature, wild teak. For more than a thousand years, people here have worked with elephants. In this book, Jacob Shell takes us deep into this strange elephant...

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Bats  by Marianne Taylor

Bats

Marianne Taylor

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From the Giant Golden Crowned Flying Fox, a megabat with a wingspan of over five feet, to the aptly named Bumblebee Bat, the world's smallest mammal, the number and diversity of bat species is proving to be very rich and vastly underestimated. Noctur...

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Primate change  by Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Primate change

Vybarr Cregan-Reid

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PRIMATE CHANGE is a wide-ranging, polemical look at how and why the human body has changed since humankind first got up on two feet. Spanning the entirety of human history - from primate to transhuman - Vybarr Cregan-Reid's book investigates where we...

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The handbook of bird families  by Jonathan Elphick

The handbook of bird families

Jonathan Elphick

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What's the difference between a swallow and a swift? How many species of ducks, penguins, owls or thrushes are there? Which is the rarest parrot or the most endangered hummingbird? What do toucans eat? Discover all the key facts about the world's orders...

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Dragonflies and damselflies of New Zealand  by Milen (Milen G.) Marinov

Dragonflies and damselflies of New Zealand

Milen (Milen G.) Marinov

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"This is a natural history and field guide to New Zealand's 14 species of dragonflies and damselflies ... Key features include: Expert and up-to-date information on the 14 species breeding in New Zealand; natural history of the group including an int...

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The theory that changed everything  by Philip Lieberman

The theory that changed everything

Philip Lieberman

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Few people have done as much to change how we view the world as Charles Darwin. Yet On the Origin of Species is more cited than read, and parts of it are even considered outdated. In some ways, it has been consigned to the nineteenth century. In The ...

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Obaysch  by John Simmons

Obaysch

John Simmons

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A fascinating account of the life of the first hippopotamus to be exhibited in the Regents Park Zoo in London, and probably the first hippo to be exhibited live in Europe since the time of the Roman empire. Written in a lively and accessible style, the...

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The lives of bees  by Thomas D. Seeley

The lives of bees

Thomas D. Seeley

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How the lives of wild honey bees offer vital lessons for saving the world's managed bee colonies. Humans have kept honey bees in hives for millennia, yet only in recent decades have biologists begun to investigate how these industrious insects live in...

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Hacking Darwin  by Jamie Frederic Metzl

Hacking Darwin

Jamie Frederic Metzl

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From leading geopolitical expert and technology futurist Jamie Metzl comes a groundbreaking exploration of the many ways genetic-engineering is shaking the core foundations of our lives ― sex, war, love, and death.At the dawn of the genetics revolution,...

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The last butterflies  by Nick Haddad

The last butterflies

Nick Haddad

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Most of us have heard of such popular butterflies as the Monarch or Painted Lady. But what about the Fender’s Blue? Or the St. Francis’ Satyr? Because of their extreme rarity, these butterflies are not well-known, yet they are remarkable species with...

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The seven daughters of Eve  by Bryan Sykes

The seven daughters of Eve

Bryan Sykes

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The Seven Daughters of Eve presents the theory of human mitochondrial genetics to a general audience. Sykes explains the principles of genetics and human evolution, the particularities of mitochondrial DNA, and analyses of ancient DNA to genetically ...

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The New Zealand native freshwater aquarium  by Stella McQueen

The New Zealand native freshwater aquarium

Stella McQueen

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"New Zealand has an intriguing collection of native freshwater fish that tend to live out their lives largely unnoticed ... Native fish are easy to look after once their needs are understood, and are an interesting and unusual alternative to exotic a...

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Nature's palette  by David Webster Lee

Nature's palette

David Webster Lee

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Nature's Palette is a highly illustrated, immensely entertaining exploration of the science of plant color. Beginning with potent reminders of how deeply interwoven plant colors are with human life and culture-from the shifting hues that told early humans...

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Rainforests of Australia's East Coast  by Peter Krisch

Rainforests of Australia's East Coast

Peter Krisch

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Rainforests of Australia's East Coast is aimed primarily at the reader group of more than 500,000 active bushwalkers in Australia. A large percentage of bushwalkers visit all subforms of rainforests on a regular basis and identification of plant species...

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Guide to manta & devil rays of the world  by Guy Stevens

Guide to manta & devil rays of the world

Guy Stevens

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Manta and devil rays are some of the most charismatic creatures in the ocean. Born into a life of perpetual motion, these rays must keep swimming to survive. Driven forward by powerful beats of their wing-like pectoral fins, these filter feeding rays...

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Only love remains  by Guy R. (Guy Randall) McPherson

Only love remains

Guy R. (Guy Randall) McPherson

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"The science is clear: Homo sapiens teeters on the brink of extinction. Industrial civilization is an omnicidal heat engine, yet terminating civilization heats the planet even faster in an outcome termed the McPherson Paradox. Only Love Remains: Dancing...

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The glorious life of the oak  by John Lewis-Stempel

The glorious life of the oak

John Lewis-Stempel

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Many of our ancestors - the Angles, the Saxons, the Norse - came to the British Isles in longships made of oak. For centuries the oak touched every part of a Briton's life - from cradle to coffin It was oak that made the wooden walls of Nelson's navy,...

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Down from the mountain  by Bryce Andrews

Down from the mountain

Bryce Andrews

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"The story of a grizzly bear named Millie: her life, death, and cubs, and what they reveal about the changing character of the American West. The grizzly is one of North America's few remaining large predators. Their range is diminished, but they're ...

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Superlative  by Matthew D. LaPlante

Superlative

Matthew D. LaPlante

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Welcome to the biggest, fastest, deadliest science book you'll ever read. The world's largest land mammal could help us end cancer. The fastest bird is showing us how to solve a century-old engineering mystery. The oldest tree is giving us insights i...

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She has her mother's laugh  by Carl Zimmer

She has her mother's laugh

Carl Zimmer

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Presents a history of the human understanding of heredity and how it has shaped society, chronicling the transitions brought about by genetic research and making predictions about how evolving understandings are likely to impact the future.

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Virolution  by Frank Ryan

Virolution

Frank Ryan

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Darwin's theory of evolution is still the greatest breakthrough in biological science. His explanation of the role of natural selection in driving the evolution of life on earth depended on steady variation of living things over time - but he was unable...

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The tangled tree  by David Quammen

The tangled tree

David Quammen

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Ever since Darwin, we have used the metaphor of the 'tree of life' to explain evolution, but this metaphor no longer holds up. Genes don't just move vertically, they can also pass laterally across species boundaries, known as 'horizontal gene transfer'...

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Genes, giants, monsters, and men  by Joseph P. Farrell

Genes, giants, monsters, and men

Joseph P. Farrell

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Consider the possibility that the evolutionary scientific explanation for mankind has ignored critical facts that are buried deep within the fossils and mankind's DNA.

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Unravelling the double helix  by Gareth Williams

Unravelling the double helix

Gareth Williams

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Unravelling the double helix covers the most colourful period in the history of DNA, from the discovery of 'nuclein' in the late 1860s to the landmark publication of James Watson's The double helix in 1968. These hundred years included the advent of the...

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Extraordinary insects  by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

Extraordinary insects

Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

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Out of sight, underfoot, unseen beyond fleeting scuttles or darting flights, insects occupy a hidden world, yet are essential to sustaining life on earth. Insects influence our ecosystem like a ripple effect on water. They arrived when life first moved...

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Darwinian populations and natural selection  by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Darwinian populations and natural selection

Peter Godfrey-Smith

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In 1859 Darwin described a deceptively simple mechanism that he called "natural selection," a combination of variation, inheritance, and reproductive success. He argued that this mechanism was the key to explaining the most puzzling features of the n...

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John Abbot & William Swainson

John Abbot & William Swainson

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An archive of never-before-published illustrations of insects and plants painted by a pioneering naturalist. During his lifetime (1751-ca. 1840), English-born naturalist and artist John Abbot rendered more than 4,000 natural history illustrations and...

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Nature's giants  by Graeme D. Ruxton

Nature's giants

Graeme D. Ruxton

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A beautifully illustrated exploration of the science behind the awe-inspiring giants of past and present The colossal plants and animals of our world-dinosaurs, whales, and even trees-are a source of unending fascination, and their sheer scale can be...

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Ospreys  by Alan Forsyth Poole

Ospreys

Alan Forsyth Poole

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Ospreys are one of the few bird species that are found throughout the world. From forests in Hokkaido to rivers in Oregon and islands off Australia, Ospreys steal the show as nature lovers easily watch them build their massive nests and tend to their...

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Finding Australian birds  by Tim Dolby

Finding Australian birds

Tim Dolby

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From the eastern rainforests to central deserts, Australia is home to some 900 species of birds. This book covers over 400 Australian bird watching sites conveniently grouped into the best birding areas, from one end of the country to the other. This...

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Trees  by Gregory McNamee

Trees

Gregory McNamee

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Art Wolfe's immersive photos capture the wonder humans have felt about trees for millennia. From the biblical Tree of Life to the Native American Tree of Peace, trees have played an archetypal role in human culture and spirituality since time immemorial....

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Manta  by Guy Stevens

Manta

Guy Stevens

Book

Born into a life of perpetual motion, manta rays must keep swimming to survive. Driven forward by powerful beats of their wing-like pectoral fins, they search the ocean currents for concentrated patches of the tiny planktonic organisms on which they feed....

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City of trees  by Sophie Cunningham

City of trees

Sophie Cunningham

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How do we take in the beauty of our planet while processing the losses? What trees can survive in the city? Which animals can survive in the wild? How do any of us—humans, animals, trees—find a forest we can call home? In these moving, thought-provoking...

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Coral whisperers  by Irus Braverman

Coral whisperers

Irus Braverman

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Based on over one hundred interviews with leading scientists and conservation managers, Irus Braverman documents a community caught in an existential crisis and alternating between des-pair and hope. In this book, corals emerge as signs and measures,...

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Genesis  by Edward O. Wilson

Genesis

Edward O. Wilson

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Asserting that religious creeds and philosophical questions can be reduced to purely genetic and evolutionary components, and that the human body and mind have a physical base obedience to the laws of physics and chemistry, "Genesis" demonstrates that...

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Cultured  by Katherine Harmon Courage

Cultured

Katherine Harmon Courage

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The science journalist draws on ancient food traditions and the latest research on healthy gut maintenance to explain the role of the microbiome and how to adapt a diet to promote optimal microbiome balance.

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The end of ice  by Dahr Jamail

The end of ice

Dahr Jamail

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A firsthand chronicle of the catastrophic reality of our planet's changing ecosystems and the necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile Earth while we still can.

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The biology of belief  by Bruce H Lipton

The biology of belief

Bruce H Lipton

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This 10th-anniversary edition of Bruce Lipton's best-selling book The Biology of Belief will be updated to bolster the book's central premise with the latest scientific discoveries - and there have been a lot in the last decade. The Biology of Belief...

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No beast so fierce  by Dane Huckelbridge

No beast so fierce

Dane Huckelbridge

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Nepal, c. 1900: The single deadliest animal in recorded history began stalking humans, moving like a phantom through the lush foothills of the Himalayas. As the death toll reached an astonishing 436 lives, a young local hunter was dispatched to stop ...

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Microbiology  by Jennifer C. Stearns

Microbiology

Jennifer C. Stearns

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Microbiology is the study of life itself, down to the smallest particle. Microbiology is a fascinating field that explores life down to the tiniest level. Did you know that your body contains more bacteria cells than human cells? It's true. Microbes ...

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DNA is not destiny  by Steven J. Heine

DNA is not destiny

Steven J. Heine

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Scientists expect one billion people to have their genomes sequenced by 2025. Yet cultural psychologist Steven J. Heine argues that, in trying to know who we are and where we come from, we’re likely to completely misinterpret what's 'in our DNA.' Hei...

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The eastern curlew  by Harry Saddler

The eastern curlew

Harry Saddler

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Every year around August, large flocks of Eastern Curlews leave their breeding grounds in the Arctic and embark on a perilous 10,000km journey to the coast of Australia. The birds cannot swim; if they become exhausted and fall into the ocean, they die....

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Ask an ocean explorer  by Jon Copley

Ask an ocean explorer

Jon Copley

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'Our everyday lives are connected to the deep ocean in ways we seldom realise.' Between these pages is everything you need to know about our oceans, explained in 25 questions.

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Origins  by Lewis Dartnell

Origins

Lewis Dartnell

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When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us? As a species we are shaped by our environment. Geological forces drove our...

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Blueprint  by Nicholas A. Christakis

Blueprint

Nicholas A. Christakis

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For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for...

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Birdwatching for beginners in New Zealand  by Alan Froggatt

Birdwatching for beginners in New Zealand

Alan Froggatt

Book

"With jaw-dropping endemic species such as Kiwi, Kea and Takahe, New Zealand is a birdwatcher's paradise. For New Zealand birders and visitors to the country alike, this innovative and useful book is the perfect accompaniment to a good field guide such...

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100 Natural history treasures of Te Papa.

100 Natural history treasures of Te Papa.

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Since the Colonial Museum opened in 1865 and the first director, Sir James Hector, began collecting items of geological and natural history significance, the collections of New Zealand's national museum have become enormously significant - not to men...

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Corridor ecology  by Jodi A. Hilty

Corridor ecology

Jodi A. Hilty

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"Migrating wildlife species across the globe face a dire predicament as their traditional migratory routes are cut off by human encroachment. Forced into smaller and smaller patches of habitat, they must compete more aggressively for dwindling food r...

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The meaning of trees  by Robert Vennell

The meaning of trees

Robert Vennell

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"Atreasure trove of unique, bizarre and wonderful plants, The Meaning of Trees explores the myriad ways in which New Zealand's extraordinary flora has been used in cuisine, crafts, medicine and culture, providing everything from seafaring canoes and ...

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The blind watchmaker  by Richard Dawkins

The blind watchmaker

Richard Dawkins

Book

A brilliant and controversial book which demonstrates that evolution by natural selection - the unconscious, automatic, blind yet essentially non-random process discovered by Darwin - is the only answer to the biggest question of all: why do we exist...

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Thus spoke the plant  by Monica Gagliano

Thus spoke the plant

Monica Gagliano

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In this "phytobiography" a collection of stories written in partnership with a plant research scientist, Monica Gagliano, reveals the dynamic role plants play in genuine first-hand accounts from her research into plant communication and cognition. By...

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Incredible journeys  by David (Explorer) Barrie

Incredible journeys

David (Explorer) Barrie

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Weaving interviews with leading experts on animal behaviour with the groundbreaking discoveries of Nobel-Prize winning neuroscientists, Barrie shines a light on the astounding skills of animals of every stripe. Dung beetles that steer by the light of...

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Close encounters with marine life  by Nigel Marsh

Close encounters with marine life

Nigel Marsh

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Close Encounters with Marine Life details Nigel's underwater adventures with camera in hand, featuring some of his best images and many remarkable stories of his experiences with amazing marine life.

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The last elephants

The last elephants

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The Africa-wide Great Elephant Census of 2016 produced shocking findings: a decimated elephant population whose numbers were continuing to plummet. Elephants are killed, on average, every 15–20 minutes – a situation that will see the final demise of ...

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Moss  by Ulrica Nordstrom

Moss

Ulrica Nordstrom

Book

Moss is all around us. While it is most often associated with damp, shady spaces, it can be found in the most unexpected and far-flung places, from deserts to Antarctica. This book is a celebration of its quiet, unassuming beauty and a primer to unde...

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The tree  by Richard Woldendorp

The tree

Richard Woldendorp

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In this spectacular volume, acclaimed landscape photographer Richard Woldendorp AM, best known for his book Down to Earth with Tim Winton, explores Australian trees of all shapes and sizes. From abstract close-ups to aerials, Woldendorp's images reveal...

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Waddle

Waddle

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Penguins. We love them. Seemingly upright caricatures of us, it is easy to bond with these black and white 'little people'. They have become perennial favourites of cartoonists, because they are fun. They make us laugh. Waddle is a compendium of deli...

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The deep  by Alex Rogers

The deep

Alex Rogers

Book

Fewer people have been to the deepest part of the ocean than have been to the moon. Even now, the vast majority of this wilderness - which covers over 70% of the planet and forms its largest ecosystem - has never been seen by human eyes, let alone explored...

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A little book of Latin for gardeners  by Peter Parker

A little book of Latin for gardeners

Peter Parker

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Evolved over many centuries and often thought to belong to the rarefied world of scholars and scientists, this invented language is in fact a very useful tool for everyday gardening. It allows us to find our way around nurseries; it sorts out confusions...

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The hidden life of trees  by Peter Wohlleben

The hidden life of trees

Peter Wohlleben

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"In his international bestseller, The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben opened readers' eyes to the wonders and amazing processes at work in the forest. Now this new, breathtakingly illustrated edition brings those wonders to life like never before....

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Virusphere  by Frank Ryan

Virusphere

Frank Ryan

Book

A fascinating and long overdue examination of viruses from what they are and what they do, to the vital role they have played in human history. What are viruses? Do they rely on genes, like all other forms of life? Do they follow the same patterns of...

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Birds New Zealand  by Paul Gibson

Birds New Zealand

Paul Gibson

Book

"This book take you on a journey full of colour and living imagery that showcases the beauty and variety of New Zealand’s birds. From the huge albatross of the southern ocean to the tiny rifleman of New Zealand's bush, 210 birds are illustrated...

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Dragonflies & damselflies  by Dennis R. Paulson

Dragonflies & damselflies

Dennis R. Paulson

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Dragonflies are often called birdwatchers' insects. They are large, brightly coloured, active in the daytime, and with complex and interesting behavior. Like butterflies, they appeal even to people who don't think highly of insects in general. They have...

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The complete guide to Australian birds  by George Adams

The complete guide to Australian birds

George Adams

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This book is the most up-to-date guide to Australian birds available. Written in everyday language, with crisp, brilliant digital images taken in the wild. The easily accessible information on each bird includes: common and scientific names, size, de...

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