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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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Visual voyages  by Daniela Bleichmar

Visual voyages

Daniela Bleichmar

Book

From the voyages of Christopher Columbus to those of Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin, the depiction of the natural world played a central role in shaping how people on both sides of the Atlantic understood and imaged the region we now know as...

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Gulls of the world  by Klaus Malling Olsen

Gulls of the world

Klaus Malling Olsen

Book

The definitive photographic guide to gull identification - the sternest challenge in birding

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The owl book  by Jane Russ

The owl book

Jane Russ

Book

The Owl Book, with its stunning photography and fascinating facts, is a must-have for all owl lovers, featuring details of the life cycle and the differences between the many species of owl. Just as in the best-selling title The Hare book, there is a...

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Rainforest  by Tony 1960- author. Juniper

Rainforest

Tony 1960- author. Juniper

Book

Rainforests are the lungs of our planet - regulators of the earth's temperature and weather. They are also home to 50 per cent of the world's animals and plants - which for centuries have been the source of many of our key medicines. And yet we've all...

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Eye of the shoal  by Helen Scales

Eye of the shoal

Helen Scales

Book

"There's something about fish that leaves a cold, slimy whiff in many people's minds. Either that, or fish are simply 'food'; catching fish to eat is so deeply ingrained that we fish for fish, but we don't pigeon a pigeon or deer a deer. It's difficult...

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Curlew moon  by Mary Colwell

Curlew moon

Mary Colwell

Book

Curlews are the UK's largest wading bird, about the size of a herring gull on long legs. They are particularly known for their evocative calls which embody wild places; they provoke a range of emotions that many have expressed in poetry, art and musi...

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Penguins in the desert  by Eric Loudon Wagner

Penguins in the desert

Eric Loudon Wagner

Book

"Every year, hundreds of thousands of Magellanic penguins gather to breed at Punta Tombo, Argentina, along a windswept edge of the Patagonian desert, and for more than three decades, biologist Dee Boersma has joined them. Penguins in the Desert follows...

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Wild moms  by Carin Bondar

Wild moms

Carin Bondar

Book

"Being a mom is a tough job--but imagine doing it in the jungle or out on the safari, faced by the ravages of the elements, a scarcity of resources and the threat of predators prowling at all times of the day and night. In Wild Moms, Dr. Carin Bondar...

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Orchid summer  by Jon (Conservationist) Dunn

Orchid summer

Jon (Conservationist) Dunn

Book

From the chalk downs of the south coast of England to the heathery moorland of the Shetland Isles, and from the holy island of Lindisfarne in the east to the Atlantic frontier of western Ireland, Orchid Summer is a journey into Britain and Ireland's ...

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The vulgar wasp  by Phil Lester

The vulgar wasp

Phil Lester

Book

"They're ranked one of the world's worst invasive species. They're often described as pure evil. People use petrol bombs, flamethrowers and shotguns on them in acts of vengeance. Wasps are feared and hated by many of us, with good reason - they sting....

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Wonderland  by Brett Westwood

Wonderland

Brett Westwood

Book

"From encounters with the curious black redstart, which winters on our rocky coasts, to the tiny green snowdrop shoots that are the first sign that spring might be round the corner. And from the blossom-time and dawn choruses of April and May into the...

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Understanding animal behavior  by Rory Putman

Understanding animal behavior

Rory Putman

Book

"This accessible introduction to animal behaviour provides an authoritative yet reader-friendly guide for the interested naturalist. It presents current knowledge about the way animals behave and will enable the reader to derive more pleasure from th...

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Large mammals of the Rocky Mountains  by Jack (Jack Clayton) Ballard

Large mammals of the Rocky Mountains

Jack (Jack Clayton) Ballard

Book

"This is the ultimate guide to big mammals of the Rocky Mountains-Elk, Grizzly Bears, Wolves, Bison, Black Bears, Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Lions, and Whitetail Deer. This book offers up substantive yet easily digestible information on these big...

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The long spring  by Laurence Rose

The long spring

Laurence Rose

Book

"Exploring Europe's remarkable heritage of exceptional places and the wildlife, traditions and people associated with them, in February 2016 Laurence Rose crossed the Mediterranean from North Africa and set off on a series of journeys northwards towards...

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Winter birds  by Lars Jonsson

Winter birds

Lars Jonsson

Book

In this stunning book, Lars Jonsson celebrates and explores the beauty of the birds that surround him during the Swedish winter months. Inspired by the desolate, wintry landscapes, the dazzling light and the stark contract of colours he observes against...

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The blackbird diaries  by Karen (Writer of The gathering tide) Lloyd

The blackbird diaries

Karen (Writer of The gathering tide)...

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"With its enchanting song, striking orange bill and endearing willingness to share our living space, the blackbird is one of our best-loved birds. But robins, swifts, goldfinches and blue tits can captivate us equally and, in The Blackbird Diaries, Karen...

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Who we are and how we got here  by David (Of Harvard Medical School) Reich

Who we are and how we got here

David (Of Harvard Medical School) R...

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"David Reich describes how the revolution in the ability to sequence ancient DNA has changed our understanding of the deep human past. This book tells the emerging story of our often surprising ancestry - the extraordinary ancient migrations and mixtures...

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Darwin's fossils  by Adrian Lister

Darwin's fossils

Adrian Lister

Book

"Darwin's Fossils is an accessible account of Darwin's pioneering work on fossils, his adventures in South America, and his relationship with the scientific establishment. While Darwin's research on Galápagos finches is celebrated, his work on fossils...

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BirdNote

BirdNote

Book

Here are the best stories about our avian friends from the public radio show BirdNote, each brief essay illuminating the life, habits, or songs of a particular bird. Why do geese fly in a V-formation? Why are worms so good for you--if you're a robin?...

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The wisdom of wolves  by Jim Dutcher

The wisdom of wolves

Jim Dutcher

Book

"From the world-famous couple who lived alongside a three-generation wolf pack, this book of inspiration, drawn from the wild, will fascinate animal and nature lovers alike. For six years Jim and Jamie Dutcher lived intimately with a pack of wolves, ...

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Pandora's garden  by Clinton Crockett Peters

Pandora's garden

Clinton Crockett Peters

Book

Pandora's Garden profiles invasive or unwanted species in the natural world and examines how our treatment of these creatures sometimes parallels in surprising ways how we treat each other. Part essay, part nature writing, part narrative nonfiction, ...

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Human origins

Human origins

Book

"Homop sapiens is the most successful and the most influential specials ever to walk the Earth. In the blink of an evolutionary eye we have spread around the globe, taken control of Earth's biological and mineral resources, transformed the environmen...

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Parrots of the world  by Steve Brookes

Parrots of the world

Steve Brookes

Book

Parrots have always captured the imagination of humans thanks to their bright plumage and ability to mimic speech. This beautifully illustrated book on the world's parrots explores all aspects of their lives, as well as the various parrot families, a...

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Lion hearted  by Andrew J. Loveridge

Lion hearted

Andrew J. Loveridge

Book

In 2015, an American hunter named Walter Palmer shot and killed a lion named Cecil. The lion was one of dozens slain each year in Zimbabwe, which legally licenses the hunting of big cats. But Cecil's death sparked unprecedented global outrage, igniti...

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Microbia  by Eugenia Bone

Microbia

Eugenia Bone

Book

"Set against a backdrop of [the author's] misadventures in academia, [this work] explores what microbes are and how they live and compares the microbiomes of soil, plants, animals (that includes us), and places, explaining such things as the wrongheadedness...

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Antarctica  by Tony Soper

Antarctica

Tony Soper

Book

Updated throughout, the 7th edition of Bradt's Antarctica: a Guide to Wildlife is the most practical guide to the flora and fauna available for those 'going south'. Celebrating the amazing and often unique species of this spectacular environment, the...

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Brave new Arctic  by Mark C. Serreze

Brave new Arctic

Mark C. Serreze

Book

In the 1990s, researchers in the Arctic noticed that floating summer sea ice had begun receding. This was accompanied by shifts in ocean circulation and unexpected changes in weather patterns throughout the world. The Arctic's perennially frozen ground,...

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The real wolf  by Ted B. Lyon

The real wolf

Ted B. Lyon

Book

"A comprehensive look at one of the most controversial predators in North America. The Real Wolf is an in-depth study of the impact that wolves have had on big game and livestock populations as a federally protected species. Expert authors Ted B. Lyon...

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Mighty mito  by Susanne Bennett

Mighty mito

Susanne Bennett

Book

"Ever wonder why toddlers and preschoolers run around with endless energy, and you're ready to fall asleep just watching them? Finally, Dr. Susanne Bennett, has the answer! And it all has to do with the mighty mitochondria-that subcellular organelle that...

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Owl sense  by Miriam Darlington

Owl sense

Miriam Darlington

Book

"'Her softness took my breath away. Deadly beauty. She turned her face towards me. The owl's massive facial disc produces a funnel for sound that is the most effective in the animal kingdom'. Owls have captivated the human imagination for millennia. We...

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Genomics  by John M. Archibald

Genomics

John M. Archibald

Book

Genomics has transformed the biological sciences. From epidemiology and medicine to evolution and forensics, the ability to determine an organism's complete genetic makeup has changed the way science is done and the questions that can be asked of it....

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Return of the sea otter  by Todd McLeish

Return of the sea otter

Todd McLeish

Book

Presents a science journalist's journey along the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska to track the status, health, habits, personality, and viability of sea otters--the appealing species unique to this coastline that was hunted to near extinction...

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Snorkel coral reefs  by K. C. Kelley

Snorkel coral reefs

K. C. Kelley

Book

"This beginning reader takes young people under the sea to meet amazing animals! Using text aimed at emergent readers, each book also features vocabulary specific to its place in the world. Colorful photos make exploring fun!"--

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The gene  by Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

The gene

Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

Book

Few concepts played a more important role in twentieth-century life sciences than that of the gene. Yet at this moment, the field of genetics is undergoing radical conceptual transformation, and some scientists are questioning the very usefulness of ...

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Wildlife of the Arctic  by Richard Sale

Wildlife of the Arctic

Richard Sale

Book

This book celebrates the Arctic, exploring the natural history that has so inspired generations. Early travellers to the Arctic brought back tales of amazing creatures and of the endurance required of visitors, the Arctic becoming a land of inspiration...

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The birds at my table  by Darryl N. Jones

The birds at my table

Darryl N. Jones

Book

"Discusses the history and scale of feeding wild birds. Outlines debates about the practice, highlighting key research findings and pointing out the issues that require further examination. Written in nontechnical language, thus making it accessible to...

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Blossoms  by Maxine Singer

Blossoms

Maxine Singer

Book

Flowers evolved to attract pollinators, so new generations of plant can form. But how do plants know when to bloom, and how do they construct their flowers? This book describes what we have learnt of the astonishing genetic and epigenetic processes behind...

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Juniper, the happiest fox  by Jessika Coker

Juniper, the happiest fox

Jessika Coker

Book

"Juniper's adorable snaggletooth smile and fun-loving personality are vibrantly captured in this heartwarming book. With gorgeous photos, a charming narrative about Juniper's life, and a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to live with a fox, this...

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First in fly  by Stephanie Elizabeth Mohr

First in fly

Stephanie Elizabeth Mohr

Book

A single species of fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has been the subject of scientific research for more than one hundred years. Why does this tiny insect merit such intense scrutiny? Drosophila's importance as a research organism began with its short ...

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Sharks never sleep  by Brendan McAloon

Sharks never sleep

Brendan McAloon

Book

Following a year of record numbers of shark attacks, Sharks Never Sleep takes us around the world to meet shark-attack survivors, shark lovers and shark hunters, who tell us of the primal fear of being eaten alive by a wild animal, the unimaginable grief...

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Mitochondria and the future of medicine  by Lee Know

Mitochondria and the future of medicine

Lee Know

Book

"With information for patients and practitioners on optimizing mitochondrial function for greater health and longevity, Why do we age? Why does cancer develop? What's the connection between heart failure and Alzheimer's disease, or infertility and he...

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A taste for the beautiful  by Michael J. (Michael Joseph) Ryan

A taste for the beautiful

Michael J. (Michael Joseph) Ryan

Book

"Darwin developed the theory of sexual selection to explain why the animal world abounds in stunning beauty, from the brilliant colors of butterflies and fishes to the songs of birds and frogs. He argued that animals have "a taste for the beautiful" ...

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The ghosts of Gombe  by Dale Peterson

The ghosts of Gombe

Dale Peterson

Book

"This book, written by the author of the "definitive" biography of primatologist Jane Goodall, presents in sweeping detail the story of a group of young volunteers and students doing animal behavior research on chimpanzees, baboons, and red colobus monkeys...

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Dirty genes  by Ben Lynch

Dirty genes

Ben Lynch

Book

A leading expert in epigenetics, Dr. Ben Lynch provides a revolutionary, personalized approach to improve how your genes behave, preventing and reversing chronic illness-cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, anxiety, depression, digestive issues,...

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Animal  by Kristin J. Russo

Animal

Kristin J. Russo

Book

The world is filled with fascinating creatures. But how much do you really know about them? Sometimes the truth is more complicated than we originally thought. Get the real facts about the animals around us, and drop the fibs!

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The complete illustrated encyclopedia of birds of the world  by David Alderton

The complete illustrated encyclopedia of birds of the world

David Alderton

Book

This comprehensive encyclopedia of the world's birds presents a fantastic visual guide to the major avian species and families, from America's tiniest insect-catchers to the giant, flightless species still living on the African plains. A 420-page dir...

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Swamp  by Anthony David Wilson

Swamp

Anthony David Wilson

Book

"Throughout history, swamps have been idealized and demonized, purged and protected. They are considered places of evil, pestilence and death, but also diverse ecosystems teeming with life. They can be obstacles to development, and remnants of fading...

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The illustrated encyclopedia of trees of Britain & Europe  by Tony Russell

The illustrated encyclopedia of trees of Britain & Europe

Tony Russell

Book

"This superbly illustrated book is a comprehensive identification reference to over 550 of the most important and best-known trees of Britain and Europe, from Iceland in the north to the Mediterranean in the south. A detailed introduction looks at the...

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Birds new to science  by David (Ornithologist) Brewer

Birds new to science

David (Ornithologist) Brewer

Book

Amazing as it might sound, ornithologists are still discovering, on average, five or six bird species that are completely new to science each year. What's more, these aren't all just obscure brown birds on tiny islands-- witness the bizarre Bare-faced...

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Beetles  by Richard Jones

Beetles

Richard Jones

Book

Beetles are arguably the most diverse organisms in the world, with nearly half a million beetle species described and catalogued in our museums, more than any other type of living thing. This astonishing species diversity is matched by a similar diversity...

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Birds art life death  by Kyo Maclear

Birds art life death

Kyo Maclear

Book

One winter, Kyo Maclear became unmoored. Her father has recently fallen ill and she suddenly found herself lost for words. As a writer she could no longer bring herself to create; her work wasn't providing the comfort and meaning that it had before. But...

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Our human story  by Louise Humphrey

Our human story

Louise Humphrey

Book

Our Human Story is a guide to our fossil relatives, from what may be the earliest hominins such as Sahelanthropus, dating back six to seven million years, through to our own species, Homo sapiens.

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Hortus Mirabilis

Hortus Mirabilis

Book

This beautifully illustrated book captures the wonders of Padua's centuries-old botanical garden, revealing the artistic and architectural features of the complex along with its fabulous collection of plants, some medicinal, some spectacular, and oth...

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The great apes  by Chris Herzfeld

The great apes

Chris Herzfeld

Book

"This insightful work is a compact but wide-ranging survey of humankind's relationship to the great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans), from antiquity to the present. Replete with fascinating historical details and anecdotes, it traces...

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The Zoo  by Isobel Charman

The Zoo

Isobel Charman

Book

How one man's mad mission became one of the best-loved places in the world. The creation of a zoo in Dickensian London - when only one other existed across the world - is a story of jaw-dropping audacity. It is the story of trailblazing scientists, r...

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Purpose & desire  by J. Scott Turner

Purpose & desire

J. Scott Turner

Book

"SUNY professor, biologist, and physiologist J. Scott Turner argues that modern Darwinism's materialist and mechanistic biases have led to a scientific dead end, unable to define what life is--and only an openness to the qualities of "purpose and desire"...

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Bear rescue  by Keltie Thomas

Bear rescue

Keltie Thomas

Book

Describes the efforts of researchers and wildlife conservationists to restore the number of bears in the wild and their natural habitats and to remove their status of "vulnerable to extinction."

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Beyond spring  by M. R. (Matthew R.) Oates

Beyond spring

M. R. (Matthew R.) Oates

Book

"Beyond Spring describes a sequence of wanderings through the natural world of England, from spring's genesis through to summer’s fulfilment. Some of the chapters explore renowned wildlife localities, such as the Scilly Isles and the Norfolk Broads,...

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I, mammal  by Liam Drew

I, mammal

Liam Drew

Book

Examines the biology, evolution, and traits of humans, exploring the anatomical and physiological attributes that makes mankind mammals and that ultimately separate people from other members of the same scientific class designation.

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A history of birds  by Simon Wills

A history of birds

Simon Wills

Book

"Even the most well-informed wildlife enthusiasts will be entertained by the stories and fascinating facts in this beautifully illustrated book. Our ancestors were as interested in birds as we are, but often for different reasons. They hunted, tamed,...

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The unexpected truth about animals  by Lucy Cooke

The unexpected truth about animals

Lucy Cooke

Book

"History is full of strange animal stories, invented by the brightest and most influential, from Aristotle to Disney, and they reveal as much about us and the things we believe as they do about the animals they misrepresent. We once thought that eels...

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DNA  by James D. Watson

DNA

James D. Watson

Book

"Along with Francis Crick, James Watson discovered the double helix structure of the DNA molecule. Their breakthrough paved the way for fifty years of ... scientific achievement, of ... importance both in strictly scientific terms and for its technological...

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Birds of Java, Sumatra and Bali  by Tony Tilford

Birds of Java, Sumatra and Bali

Tony Tilford

Book

"This text is a compact, easy-to-use bird identification guide suitable for any birdwatcher visiting the Indonesian islands of Java, Sumatra and Bali. The book features descriptions of 236 species, thumbnail silhouettes for ease of use, up-to-date tips...

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The lost species  by Christopher Kemp

The lost species

Christopher Kemp

Book

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The orchid hunter  by Leif Bersweden

The orchid hunter

Leif Bersweden

Book

"He has just a few months to complete his quest - no one has ever done it before - and it will require ingenuity, stamina and a large dose of luck. Like Two Owls at Eton and My Family and Other Animals, this is a charming, witty account of a precocio...

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Blowfish's oceanopedia  by Tom Hird

Blowfish's oceanopedia

Tom Hird

Book

The seas of our planet cover more than seventy percent of the Earth, yet we know less about the ocean depths than the surface of the moon. Join marine biologist and fish-fanatic Tom 'the Blowfish' Hird as he lifts the lid on a treasure chest of fasci...

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Moose  by Mark Raycroft

Moose

Mark Raycroft

Book

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Tamed & untamed  by Sy Montgomery

Tamed & untamed

Sy Montgomery

Book

"Tamed and Untamed -- a collection of essays penned by two of the world's most celebrated animal writers, Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas -- explores the minds, lives, and mysteries of animals as diverse as snails, house cats, hawks, sharks,...

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World's weirdest animals  by Matt Roper

World's weirdest animals

Matt Roper

Book

"Whales that look like unicorns, lizards that squirt jets of blood from their eyes, naked rats that can sprint backwards... It seems as though some creatures have been put on this earth just to amaze us. From the harmless but hilarious to the truly f...

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Evolution in minutes  by Darren Naish

Evolution in minutes

Darren Naish

Book

"Evolution's key concepts, rival theories, history and politics explained and illustrated - in minutes How did life begin? What is the theory of evolution and is it proven? Are we really descended from apes? And has evolution stalled or is humanity...

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The cosmic zoo  by Dirk Schulze-Makuch

The cosmic zoo

Dirk Schulze-Makuch

Book

"Are humans a galactic oddity, or will complex life with human abilities develop on planets with environments that remain habitable for long enough? In a clear, jargon-free style, two leading researchers in the burgeoning field of astrobiology critic...

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The robin  by Stephen Moss

The robin

Stephen Moss

Book

"No other bird is quite so ever-present and familiar, so embedded in our culture, as the robin. With more than six million breeding pairs, the robin is one of Britain's most common birds. It seems to live its life alongside us, in every month and season...

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Animal behaviour  by Tristram D. Wyatt

Animal behaviour

Tristram D. Wyatt

Book

How animals behave is crucial to their survival and reproduction. The application of new molecular tools such as DNA fingerprinting and genomics is causing a revolution in the study of animal behaviour, while developments in computing and image analysis...

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Evolution  by Brian Charlesworth

Evolution

Brian Charlesworth

Book

Less than 450 years ago, all European scholars believed that the Earth was at the centre of a Universe that was at most a few million miles in extent, and that the planets, sun, and stars all rotated around this centre. Less than 250 years ago, they ...

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