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Natural history new titles

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If you’re fascinated by flora and fauna, our natural history section has everything you need. This list updates when we add new titles to the collection.

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Primate change  by Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Primate change

Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Book

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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Rewild yourself  by Simon Barnes

Rewild yourself

Simon Barnes

Book

We're not just losing the wild world. We're forgetting it. We're no longer noticing it. We've lost the habit of looking and seeing and listening and hearing. But we can make hidden things visible, and this book features 23 spells that will bring the magic...

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30-second biology

30-second biology

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"30-Second Biology tackles the vital science of life, dissecting the 50 most thought-provoking theories of our ecosystem and ourselves. At a time when discoveries in DNA allow us to feel more connected than ever to the natural world, this is the fastest...

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The tales teeth tell  by Tanya M. Smith

The tales teeth tell

Tanya M. Smith

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"Why do anthropologists study teeth? Teeth contain detailed records of growth, health, and diet, as well as our evolutionary history. So what are the tales teeth tell? The French naturalist George Cuvier famously remarked, "Show me your teeth and I will...

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The empire of the eagle  by Mike Unwin

The empire of the eagle

Mike Unwin

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Eagles hold a unique allure among birds for their combination of power, grace, and predatory prowess. Captivating the human imagination, these raptors have symbolized pride, freedom, and independence of spirit since humankind's earliest times. This b...

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Atlas of poetic botany  by Francis Hallé

Atlas of poetic botany

Francis Hallé

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"Botanical encounters in the rainforest: trees that walk, a leaf as big as an awning, a plant that dances. This Atlas invites the reader to tour the farthest reaches of the rainforest in search of exotic―poetic―plant life. Guided in these botanical ...

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Bird brain  by Tim Appleton

Bird brain

Tim Appleton

Book

"An ornithological quiz book packed with challenging questions for birders, based on the popular `Bird Brain of Britain' contest at the annual BirdFair. The British Birdwatching Fair, held every August at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, attracts over 3...

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Mindful thoughts for birdwatchers  by Adam Ford

Mindful thoughts for birdwatchers

Adam Ford

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Noticing and appreciating the awesome nature of birdlife is a spiritually affirming activity-reconnecting us to the natural world each and every day. Mindful Thoughts for Birdwatchers presents a meaningful flock of enriching thoughts on the interconn...

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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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End of the megafauna  by R. D. E. MacPhee

End of the megafauna

R. D. E. MacPhee

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"The fascinating lives and puzzling demise of some of the largest animals on earth. Until a few thousand years ago, creatures that could have been from a sci-fi thriller--including gorilla-sized lemurs, 800-pound birds, crocodiles that weighed a ton ...

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Power, sex, suicide  by Nick Lane

Power, sex, suicide

Nick Lane

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Mitochondria are tiny structures within all our cells, believed to have once evolved from bacteria living independent lives. Drawing on cutting edge research, this book explores the fundamental role they play in some of the biggest themes in biology:...

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Navigators & naturalists  by Mike (Politician) Lee

Navigators & naturalists

Mike (Politician) Lee

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"As historian James Belich put it: ̀There is little doubt that Cook has been emphasised to the unfair exclusion of the massive French contribution to European knowledge of New Zealand.' This book seeks to redress this balance, drawing in the main on ...

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Darwin's most wonderful plants  by Ken Thompson

Darwin's most wonderful plants

Ken Thompson

Book

"Most of us think of Darwin at work on The Beagle, taking inspiration for his theory of evolution from his travels in the Galapagos. But Darwin published his Origin of Species nearly thirty years after his voyages and most of his labours in that time...

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Did you just eat that?  by Paul L. Dawson

Did you just eat that?

Paul L. Dawson

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"A rollicking yet rigorous inquiry that follows the science of germs into the kitchen, restaurant, and everywhere else you eat and drink. Have you ever dropped a chip on the ground, picked it up after five seconds--then eaten it? Or debated which spreads...

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Brief life of flowers  by Fiona J Stafford

Brief life of flowers

Fiona J Stafford

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"The Brief Life of Flowers is an ode to the flowers that fill our countrysides, our woodlands and our homes. Part nature writing, part memoir, Fiona Stafford explores Britain's flora, as well as the literature and lore that surrounds it. From snowdrops...

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The wolf within  by Bryan Sykes

The wolf within

Bryan Sykes

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The genetic history of the dog is a sensational example of the co-evolution of two species, man and wolf, to each other's mutual benefit. But how did this ancient partnership begin? To answer this question, Professor Bryan Sykes identifies tantalising...

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Discovering retroviruses  by Anna M. Skalka

Discovering retroviruses

Anna M. Skalka

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When invading a host cell, viruses seize cell machinery to make copies of their own genes. The immune system recognizes the invasion. In contrast, retroviruses colonize host cells through the process of reverse transcriptase. Retroviruses open host cell...

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Rainforest trees and shrubs  by Gwen J. (Gwen Jean) Harden

Rainforest trees and shrubs

Gwen J. (Gwen Jean) Harden

Book

A field guide to the rainforest tree and shrubs of Victoria, New South Wales and Victoria using vegetative characters. A second edition of the book published in 2006, which was an update of the "Red Book", first published in 1984.

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Never home alone  by Rob R. Dunn

Never home alone

Rob R. Dunn

Book

A natural history of the wilderness in our homes, from the microbes in our showers to the crickets in our basements.

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A year with nature  by Martha L. Crump

A year with nature

Martha L. Crump

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A bedside book for nature lovers, this gathers science and lore, natural history and wit and wisdom, into a day-by-day wander through the year.

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Native New Zealand flowering plants  by John T. (John Tenison) Salmon

Native New Zealand flowering plants

John T. (John Tenison) Salmon

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"Native New Zealand Flowering Plants is a comprehensive guide to New Zealand's richly diverse and exceptionally beautiful array of flowing plants. Over 600 species are included - from well-known and often cultivated trees and shrubs such as pohutukawas...

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Reptiles and amphibians of New Zealand  by Dylan Van Winkel

Reptiles and amphibians of New Zealand

Dylan Van Winkel

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"Definitive field guide to all of New Zealand's tuatara, geckos, skinks, frogs, marine turtles and marine snakes"--Publisher information.

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Biotensegrity  by Graham Scarr

Biotensegrity

Graham Scarr

Book

"An appreciation of the 'fascial' network in health and disease has been an integral part of osteopathic practice for more than a century, but it is only recently that the details of its structure have been recognized. Tom Myers described a system of...

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Rare & wonderful

Rare & wonderful

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"Since its foundation in 1860, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History's world-renowned collections have become a key centre for scientific study and its much-loved building an important icon for visitors from around the world.0The museum now...

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Charles Darwin's On the origin of species  by Rebecca Stefoff

Charles Darwin's On the origin of species

Rebecca Stefoff

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Charles Darwin's famous theory of natural selection shook the world of science to its core, challenging centuries of orthodox beliefs about life itself. Darwin's boundary-shattering treatise was captured in On the Origin of Species, originally published...

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The delightful horror of family birding  by Eli J. Knapp

The delightful horror of family birding

Eli J. Knapp

Book

"From the mating grounds of Ecuador's cock-of-the-rock to the phoebe nest outside his suburban back door, Eli J. Knapp explores the roller-coaster ride of sharing Nature with the next generation. Along the way, he laughs at misfortune, marvels at Nat...

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Richness of martens  by Polly Pullar

Richness of martens

Polly Pullar

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"Polly Pullar saw her first pine marten during her childhood in Ardnamurchan - a remote, wild area of the Scottish Highlands. Then exceedingly rare, this ... member of the weasel family had been persecuted to near extinction. Years later, as the mart...

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Birdstories  by Geoff Norman

Birdstories

Geoff Norman

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"Kiwi, kākāpō, takahē, moa, tūī – these birds, and many others, are unique to Aotearoa New Zealand, and famous throughout the world. It was the 1873 publication of Walter Buller’s A History of the Birds of New Zealand that introduced overseas readers...

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Life on earth  by David Attenborough

Life on earth

David Attenborough

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A new, beautifully illustrated edition of David Attenborough's groundbreaking Life on Earth. David Attenborough's meeting with gorillas was one of the most unforgettable moments for millions of television viewers. With Life on Earth, Attenborough created...

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Octopus, squid & cuttlefish  by Roger T. Hanlon

Octopus, squid & cuttlefish

Roger T. Hanlon

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"Largely shell-less relatives of clams and snails, the marine mollusks in the class Cephalopoda--Greek for head-foot --are colorful creatures of many-armed dexterity, often inky self-defense, and highly evolved cognition. They are capable of learning,...

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Bat  by Tessa Laird

Bat

Tessa Laird

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"Bats have been misunderstood and maligned in the West for centuries. Unfair associations with demons have seen their leathery wings adorn numerous evil characters, from the Devil to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But these amazing animals are ecological sup...

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A naturalist's guide to the flowers of Sri Lanka  by Darshani Singhalage

A naturalist's guide to the flowers of Sri Lanka

Darshani Singhalage

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"Written by experts with extensive local knowledge, each volume features 100 -280 species that the amateur naturalist might expect to see in the field, with high quality photographs accompanied by detailed species descriptions that include common nam...

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New Zealand birds in pictures  by Kimball Chen

New Zealand birds in pictures

Kimball Chen

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"From the barely-visible wings of the flightless kiwi to the immense wingspan of the wandering albatross, New Zealand's fragile island ecosystem is home to a diverse array of spectacular birds. Delve into the fascinating world of our feathered friends...

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Weird plants  by Chris Thorogood

Weird plants

Chris Thorogood

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"For the first time, this extraordinary compilation showcases weird, mysterious and bizarre plants from around the world. Plants trick, kill, steal and kidnap, and this unique book explores a fascinating world in which plants have turned the tables on...

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Wonderful weeds and various varmints  by Bob (General surgeon) Collier

Wonderful weeds and various varmints

Bob (General surgeon) Collier

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"Immersed in a world of sprawling concrete and hyper-advancing technology, we can begin to see the natural landscape as a thing of the past. All the more reason, suggests Bob Collier, a self-professed nature lover, to set out on the often- unrecognized...

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Through a glass brightly  by David P. Barash

Through a glass brightly

David P. Barash

Book

"Human beings are important, especially to themselves! But as science advances, it has become increasingly clear that we are less special and more natural than many people have long believed. This book shows how, as we finally look at ourselves honestly...

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Europe  by Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof) Flannery

Europe

Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof) Flannery

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It is hard to overstate just how unusual Europe was towards the end of the age of the dinosaurs. It was a dynamic island arc whose individual landmasses were made up of diverse geological types, including ancient continental fragments, raised segments...

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Underbug  by Lisa Margonelli

Underbug

Lisa Margonelli

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"Are we more like termites than we ever imagined? In Underbug, the award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli introduces us to the enigmatic creatures that collectively outweigh human beings ten to one and consume $40 billion worth of valuable stuff an...

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When the last lion roars  by Sara Evans

When the last lion roars

Sara Evans

Book

"The illegal killing of Cecil – a famous and magnificent black-maned Zimbabwean lion – by an American big-game hunter in 2015 sparked international outrage. More significantly, it drew the world's attention to the devastating plight of Africa's lions....

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Sharks  by Salvador Jorgensen

Sharks

Salvador Jorgensen

Book

"Sharks are exquisite creatures refined and honed by competitive forces that have lived in balance with ocean prey for millions of years. They live in every ocean habitat on Earth, from shallow tide pools to the deep abyss, and from the open ocean to...

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The golden-bristled boar  by Jeffrey Greene

The golden-bristled boar

Jeffrey Greene

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"The wild boar appears to us as something straight out of a myth. But as Jeffrey Greene learned, these creatures are very real, living by night and, despite shrinking habitats and hordes of hunters, thriving on six continents. Greene purchased an...

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Blueprint  by Robert Plomin

Blueprint

Robert Plomin

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In 'Blueprint', behavioral geneticist Robert Plomin describes how the DNA revolution has made DNA personal by giving us the power to predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses from birth. A century of genetic research shows that DNA differenc...

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Birds of Terengganu = Burung-burung di negeri Terengganu  by author Anuar McAfee

Birds of Terengganu = Burung-burung di negeri Terengganu

author Anuar McAfee

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"First bilingual, easy to use bird guide for Terengganu. Highlighting the best birdwatching locations in the state. Complete and up to date checklist of the 463 birds found in Terengganu."--Publisher description.

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Four wings and a prayer  by Sue Halpern

Four wings and a prayer

Sue Halpern

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Traces the migrations of thousands of monarch butterflies who fly from as far north as Canada to fifty forested acres in Mexico each year.

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The way of coyote  by Gavin Van Horn

The way of coyote

Gavin Van Horn

Book

"A hiking trail through majestic mountains. A raw, unpeopled wilderness stretching as far as the eye can see. These are the settings we associate with our most famous books about nature. But Gavin Van Horn isn't most nature writers. He lives and works...

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The ethnobotany of Eden  by Robert A. Voeks

The ethnobotany of Eden

Robert A. Voeks

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"In the mysterious and pristine forests of the tropics, a wealth of ethnobotanical panaceas and shamanic knowledge promises cures for everything from cancer and AIDS to the common cold. To access such miracles, we need only to discover and protect th...

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Pandas to penguins  by Melissa Gaskill

Pandas to penguins

Melissa Gaskill

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"Perhaps nothing about nature calls to us as deeply as wild animals. To see an enormous whale leaping out of the water, the eerily human eyes of a gorilla, or the comical waddle of a penguin; to hear the ethereal howl of a wolf or majestic roar of a ...

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How to be a good creature  by Sy Montgomery

How to be a good creature

Sy Montgomery

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"National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals--her friends--who have profoundly affected her in this stunning, poetic, and life-affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green. Understand...

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Warblers and woodpeckers  by Sneed B. Collard

Warblers and woodpeckers

Sneed B. Collard

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"A humorous, lighthearted account of a father and son's Big Year traveling across the country and abroad on a birdwatching quest"--

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Flora

Flora

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Discover the extraordinary diversity of the plant world - and how plants work - with this photographic celebration of the trees, flowers, and foliage plants that share our planet. From tiny mosses and delicate ferns to vibrant blooms and stately palms,...

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Plight of the living dead  by Matt Simon

Plight of the living dead

Matt Simon

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"Zombification isn't just the stuff of movies and TV shows like The Walking Dead. It's real, and it's happening all around us, from wasps and crickets to dogs and moose--and even humans. In Plight of the Living Dead, science journalist Matt Simon documents...

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Papa Goose  by Michael Quetting

Papa Goose

Michael Quetting

Book

"Michael Quetting shares the heartwarming true story of how he became a father to seven rambunctious goslings--and the surprising things he learned along the way. Starting at the beginning, with the eggs, the journey takes the geese from the comfort of...

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The secret life of whales  by Micheline Jenner

The secret life of whales

Micheline Jenner

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"Marine biologist Micheline Jenner discovered humpback breeding grounds off the Kimberley coast, uncovered pygmy blue whale feeding spots and, with her husband Curt, is one of very few people to witness a humpback whale giving birth. In 'The secret life...

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The secret network of nature  by Peter Wohlleben

The secret network of nature

Peter Wohlleben

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Did you know that trees can influence the rotation of the earth? Or that wolves can alter the course of a river? Or that earthworms control wild boar populations? The natural world is a web of intricate connections, many of which go unnoticed by humans....

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A primate's memoir  by Robert M. Sapolsky

A primate's memoir

Robert M. Sapolsky

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"Book-smart and more than a little naive, Robert Sapolsky left the comforts of college in the US for a research project studying a troop of baboons in Kenya. Whether he's relating his adventures with his neighbours, Masai tribesmen, or his experiences...

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The wolverine way  by Douglas H. Chadwick

The wolverine way

Douglas H. Chadwick

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Overview: Glutton, demon of destruction, symbol of slaughter, mightiest of wilderness villains. The wolverine comes marked with a reputation based on myth and fancy. Yet this enigmatic animal is more complex than the legends that surround it. With a ...

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The book of snakes  by Mark O'Shea

The book of snakes

Mark O'Shea

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"Profiling 600 significant species from around the world, The Book of Snakes covers almost one in six of all known snakes. Each entry includes details of the snake's significance, including rarity, behaviour patterns, feeding habits and defensive tec...

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Across the bridge  by Henry Gee

Across the bridge

Henry Gee

Book

"Our understanding of vertebrate origins and the backbone of human history evolves with each new fossil find and DNA map. Many species have now had their genomes sequenced, and molecular techniques allow genetic inspection of even non-model organisms....

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The book of humans  by Adam Rutherford

The book of humans

Adam Rutherford

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"Around 45,000 years ago, something happened. We dragged ourselves away from our origins by creating culture, with tools and art and abstract thought and our newly minted minds. The cognitive revolution gave us a sense that we are special, and specia...

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Staying with the trouble  by Donna Jeanne Haraway

Staying with the trouble

Donna Jeanne Haraway

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"In the midst of spiraling ecological devastation, multispecies feminist theorist Donna J. Haraway offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants. She eschews referring to our current epoch as the Anthro...

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Why evolution is true  by Jerry A. Coyne

Why evolution is true

Jerry A. Coyne

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Presents the many threads of modern work in genetics, paleontology, geology, molecular biology, and anatomy that demonstrate the indelible stamp of the evolutionary processes first proposed by Darwin.

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Whales  by Kelsey Oseid

Whales

Kelsey Oseid

Book

"Some of the world's most fascinating and beloved animals, cetaceans have captivated the human imagination for centuries. Whales: An Illustrated Celebration explores the most interesting and illuminating facts about these marine mammals, from the enormous...

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Tree  by David T. Suzuki

Tree

David T. Suzuki

Book

"All across the planet, trees literally hold the world together. This is the ... biography of a single tree, from the moment the seed is released from its cone until, more than five hundred years alter, it lies on the forest floor as a nurse log, giving...

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Science is beautiful  by Colin Salter

Science is beautiful

Colin Salter

Book

"In images that are as exquisite as any art, this stunning collection unearths some of the most unique photographs of flowers, trees, grasses, and other plants ever created, all made possible by the electron microscope. It not only allows us to appreciate...

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Lamarck's revenge  by Peter D. (Peter Douglas) Ward

Lamarck's revenge

Peter D. (Peter Douglas) Ward

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"Epigenetics upends natural selection and genetic mutation as the sole engines of evolution, and offers startling insights into our future heritable traits. In the 1700s, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck first described epigenetics to explain the inheritance of...

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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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The A to Z of wildlife watching  by Amy-Jane Beer

The A to Z of wildlife watching

Amy-Jane Beer

Book

"Discover the best places to spot 300 of the world's most exciting and unusual creatures, from the soaring Andean condor and prowling Bengal tiger, to singing humpback whales and migrating wildebeest. Packed with stunning photos, details of each crea...

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