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An immense world  by Ed Yong

An immense world

Ed Yong

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"The Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electric and magnetic fields. But every animal is enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble, perceiving but a tiny sliver of an immense world. This book welcomes us into a...

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Secrets of the sea  by Robert Vennell

Secrets of the sea

Robert Vennell

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"An illuminating tour through the native sea creatures of Aotearoa, by the bestselling author of The Meaning of Trees Secrets of the Sea is a fascinating introduction to New Zealand’s fish and shellfish, weaving together history, biology and culture to reveal...

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Koala  by Danielle Clode

Koala

Danielle Clode

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"Despite their iconic status and celebrity, koalas remain something of a mystery. Often affectionate in captivity, they seek out human assistance when in need of water or care yet can also be fierce and belligerent. They are beloved worldwide and feature in...

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The trials of life  by David Attenborough

The trials of life

David Attenborough

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"The Trials of Life is the final book in David Attenborough's groundbreaking Life Trilogy of natural histories. Life on Earth traced the development of animal life from its beginnings some three thousand millions years ago until today and Living Planet...

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Honeybee anatomy brought to life  by Graham Kingham

Honeybee anatomy brought to life

Graham Kingham

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"Honeybee Anatomy Brought to Life. This book uses photo essays to set out and display the anatomy, internal, external of the honeybee with over 350 detailed micrographs, together with slide images and drawings. Pests and other additional hive activities are...

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The real guide to New Zealand  by Mark Danenhauer

The real guide to New Zealand

Mark Danenhauer

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"Can you tell a Skink from a gecko? Is that a Kea or a Kaka? Can you spot the difference between a Northern Rata and a Pohutukawa? - This full colour guide is designed to help readers gain a basic understanding of the natural history of NZ. Written in simple...

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Wild honey bees  by Ingo Arndt

Wild honey bees

Ingo Arndt

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"The honey bee, a key pollinator, is now an endangered species, threatened by human activity and loss of biodiversity. Because of this, understanding forest-dwelling wild honey bees - which are more resistant to diseases and parasites than honey bees kept by...

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One of a kind  by Mario Ludwig

One of a kind

Mario Ludwig

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"This book of photographs puts the spotlight on a group of animals that is little-noticed, and undeservedly so: endemic species that exist only on their respective islands. Isolated from continents by the ocean, certain species have been able to evolve further...

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Trees  by P. P. (Paul Philip) Smith

Trees

P. P. (Paul Philip) Smith

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"Trees feed us, shelter us, inspire us and heal us. In a world facing the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and a pressing climate emergency, the importance of these primeval beings in shaping our future is hard to understate. 00Generously illustrated and...

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The song of the cell  by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The song of the cell

Siddhartha Mukherjee

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"Presenting revelatory and exhilarating stories of scientists, doctors, and the patients whose lives may be saved by their work, the author draws on his own experience as a researcher, doctor, and prolific reader to explore how the discovery of cells created a...

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The genetic age  by Matthew Cobb

The genetic age

Matthew Cobb

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"How fifty years of genetic engineering have brought us to the brink of a profound and disturbing future, from Baille Gifford-shortlisted scientist Matthew Cobb. A new gene editing technology, invented just seven years ago, has turned humanity into gods....

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Australian falcons  by Stephen J. S. Debus

Australian falcons

Stephen J. S. Debus

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"Falcons are stunning and iconic birds. Australia has six falcon species, with two endemic to the continent and two others endemic to the Australasian region. They are important indicators of the health of our ecosystems, due to their position at the top of...

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Frozen planet II  by Mark Brownlow

Frozen planet II

Mark Brownlow

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"Accompanying the landmark BBC series narrated by David Attenborough, an unforgettable exploration of our most fragile worlds of beauty and brutality. Find a world of wonder beyond the ice. 'Looking down at our planet from space it may come as a surprise how...

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The hidden universe  by Alexandre Antonelli

The hidden universe

Alexandre Antonelli

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"Everything you need to know about biodiversity - what it is, how it works, and why it's the single most important tool to battle climate change - from the Director Science at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. We don't know what we've got until it's gone......

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Life

Life

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"The newest addition to John Brockman's Edge.org series explores life itself, bringing together the world's leading biologists, geneticists, and evolutionary theorists -- including Richard Dawkins, Edward O. Wilson, J. Craig Venter, and Freeman Dyson....

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A naturalist's guide to the mammals of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka  by Bikram Grewal

A naturalist's guide to the mammals of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Bikram Grewal

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"This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 mammal species most commonly seen in India is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from India's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which...

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A naturalist's guide to the reptiles & amphibians of New Zealand  by Samue Purdie

A naturalist's guide to the reptiles & amphibians of New Zealand

Samue Purdie

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"A Naturalist's Guide to the Reptiles & Amphibians of New Zealand is an introductory photographic identification guide to all 141 reptile and amphibian species of New Zealand. High-quality photographs from the author and the country's top nature photographers...

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The sounds of life  by Karen J. Bakker

The sounds of life

Karen J. Bakker

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"When we think of animal sound we tend to think about birds or other highly sonic animals. However, scientists are learning that a much wider range of animals, and even plants, use sound, and they are figuring this out with the help of AI and other digital...

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Bird planet  by Tim Laman

Bird planet

Tim Laman

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"Birds inhabit every continent and major island, and are among the most diverse group of vertebrates on the planet. For ornithologist and National Geographic photographer Tim Laman, documenting these magnificent creatures has been a lifelong passion that has...

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Native plants of Aotearoa  by Carlos (Botanist) Lehnebach

Native plants of Aotearoa

Carlos (Botanist) Lehnebach

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Part of the new Te Papa Te Taiao Nature Series, this accessible, handsomely illustrated guide to the commonly encountered native plant species of Aotearoa New Zealand has wide appeal. Native Plants of Aotearoa describes and beautifully illustrates fifty of our...

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Native birds of Aotearoa  by Michael author. Szabo

Native birds of Aotearoa

Michael author. Szabo

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Part of the new Te Papa Te Taiao Nature Series, this accessible, handsomely illustrated guide to Aotearoa New Zealand's native bird species has wide appeal. Native Birds of Aotearoa describes sixty of our most interesting species - forest, garden, wetland,...

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Gaia  by James Lovelock

Gaia

James Lovelock

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"In this classic work that continues to inspire many readers, Jim Lovelock puts forward his idea that the Earth functions as a single organism. Written for non-scientists, Gaia is a journey through time and space in search of evidence in support of a radically...

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The hidden kingdom of fungi  by Keith A. Seifert

The hidden kingdom of fungi

Keith A. Seifert

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"For readers of Entangled Life and The Hidden Life of Trees comes an illuminating account of the "invisible" fungi that share our world: from the air we breathe to the dust beneath our feet. The Hidden Kingdom of Fungi traces the intricate connections between...

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Collins birds of the world  by Norman Arlott

Collins birds of the world

Norman Arlott

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"For the first time, the complete collection of the Collins Field Guides' incredibly detailed, accurate and beautiful bird paintings has been brought together in one comprehensive volume. This all-encompassing new guide is an extraordinary addition to the...

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The modern bestiary  by Joanna Bagniewska

The modern bestiary

Joanna Bagniewska

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"From the familiar to the improbable, the gross to the endearing, The Modern Bestiary is a compendium of curious creatures. It includes both animals that have made headlines and those you've probably never heard of, such as skin-eating caecilians, harp...

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Fen, bog & swamp  by Annie Proulx

Fen, bog & swamp

Annie Proulx

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"From Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx - whose novels are infused with her knowledge and deep concern for the earth - comes an urgent and riveting history of wetlands, their ecological role and how the loss of them threatens the planet. Fens, bogs, swamps...

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Eat weeds  by Diego Bonetto

Eat weeds

Diego Bonetto

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"There is food within 3 metres of your front door. Three generations ago it was common practice all over the world to collect this wild food; knowledge of what, where and when to forage was a necessary part of daily life. We still had lived experience of...

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Mycophilia  by Eugenia Bone

Mycophilia

Eugenia Bone

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The Earth  by Elsa Panciroli

The Earth

Elsa Panciroli

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"It is difficult to conceive of the vast scale of the history of life on Earth, from the very first living organisms sparking into life in hydrothermal deep-sea vents to the dizzying diversity of life today. The evolution of life is a sweeping epic of a tale,...

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Animal

Animal

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"Now in a new edition, this landmark photographic encyclopedia of the animal kingdom is revised with new species, images, and the latest scientific knowledge. Written by 70 natural history specialists, Animal features stunning wildlife photography of more than...

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Raising our chicks  by Cushla M. McGaughey

Raising our chicks

Cushla M. McGaughey

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"For a small country, Aotearoa New Zealand has a large number of birds found nowhere else in the world. There are others too, no less ours just because some of them happen to live elsewhere. Here are 42 birds of our forests and wetlands, alpine zones and...

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Planta sapiens  by Paco Calvo

Planta sapiens

Paco Calvo

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"Have you ever sat and watched a plant? The very idea itself might seem strange. We like to watch things that move, that do something. But in fact, plants are doing a great deal too - plants behave, as animals do - they are just doing it on a very different...

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How to speak whale  by Tom Mustill

How to speak whale

Tom Mustill

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"A thrilling investigation into the pioneering world of animal communication, where big data and artificial intelligence are changing our relationship with animals forever In 2015, wildlife filmmaker Tom Mustill was whale watching when a humpback breached onto...

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The sea is not made of water  by Adam Nicolson

The sea is not made of water

Adam Nicolson

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"Few places are as familiar as the shore - and few as full of mystery and surprise. How do sandhoppers inherit an inbuilt compass from their parents? How do crabs understand the tides? How can the death of one winkle guarantee the lives of its companions? What...

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Explore New Zealand nature  by Brian J. author. Parkinson

Explore New Zealand nature

Brian J. author. Parkinson

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"The 16 road-trips cover from Northland right down to Stewart Island. Includes: Maps, suggested travel routes and interesting detours along the way. More than just a guidebook, this book showcases the best spots to see (and hear) New Zealand's nature....

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Penguins  by Tui De Roy

Penguins

Tui De Roy

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"A guide for bird enthusiasts and armchair naturalists covers all eighteen species of the world's penguins and includes discussions on penguin conservation, species profiles, facts, and tips on where to see penguins in the wild"--Publisher's description.

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Queer ducks (and other animals)  by Eliot Schrefer

Queer ducks (and other animals)

Eliot Schrefer

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"A research-based exploration of queer behavior in different animal species is interspersed with personal anecdotes and interviews with scientists"--Publisher's description.

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Field guide to whales, dolphins and porpoises  by Mark Carwardine

Field guide to whales, dolphins and porpoises

Mark Carwardine

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"Practical and portable, this is the ultimate field guide to the world's cetaceans. This outstanding new field guide to whales, dolphins and porpoises is the most comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date guide to these popular mammals. With more than 500...

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Life on the rocks  by Juli Berwald

Life on the rocks

Juli Berwald

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"Coral reefs are a microcosm of our planet: wondrously diverse, deeply interconnected, and critically imperiled. They sustain entire ecosystems and protect vulnerable coasts. But corals across the planet are in the middle of an unprecedented die-off, beset by...

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Shark  by Paul de Gelder

Shark

Paul de Gelder

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"From shark attack survivor to the shark's biggest advocate, Paul de Gelder tells us just why these majestic diverse animals need our help as much as we need them. We have a perennial fascination with sharks. Portrayed in the media and popular culture as...

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The age of seeds  by Fiona McMillan-Webster

The age of seeds

Fiona McMillan-Webster

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"Plants evolved seeds to hack time. Thanks to seeds they can cast their genes forward into the future, enabling species to endure across seasons, years, and occasionally millennia. When a 2000-year-old extinct date palm seed was discovered, no one expected it...

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Little species, big mystery  by Debbie Argue

Little species, big mystery

Debbie Argue

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"A thrilling tale of discovery and the history of Homo floresiensis. There is only one kind of human on earth today- us. But we are only one of a number of human species - primates of the Hominini tribe - that have existed on our planet across the millennia....

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First steps  by Jeremy DeSilva

First steps

Jeremy DeSilva

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"Humans are the only mammals to walk on two, rather than four legs, a locomotion known as bipedalism. Bipedalism has its drawbacks, and it leads to a variety of ailments. Delving deeply into the story of our past and new discoveries rewriting our understanding...

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What a mushroom lives for  by Michael J. Hathaway

What a mushroom lives for

Michael J. Hathaway

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"When Michael Hathaway embarked on the fieldwork that led to this book years ago, he thought he would be writing a conventional ethnography, centered on the lives of people engaged in the foraging and circulation of an exotic type of mushroom known as the...

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The lives of fungi  by Britt Allen Bunyard

The lives of fungi

Britt Allen Bunyard

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"A fascinating and richly illustrated exploration of the natural history of fungi. We know fungi are important, for us as well as the environment. But how they live, and what they can do, remains mysterious and surprising. Filled with stunning photographs, The...

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The compact Australian bird guide  by Peter Menkhorst

The compact Australian bird guide

Peter Menkhorst

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"The Compact Australian Bird Guide" is an easy-to-use and beautifully illustrated quick identification guide to all bird species regularly occurring in Australia. The content has been carefully designed to provide the reader with key information to enable...

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Wild by design  by Laura J. Martin

Wild by design

Laura J. Martin

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"Laura J. Martin examines ecological restoration's long history. Since the early 1900s, restorationists have confronted vexing philosophical questions: Which states of nature should be restored? Who should choose? Is human-designed wilderness really wild?...

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Deeper into the wood  by Ruth Pavey

Deeper into the wood

Ruth Pavey

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"Over twenty years ago, Ruth Pavey bought four acres of scrub woodland above the Somerset Levels and set out to improve the lush haven for birds, insects and all manner of wildlife. Beneath the shade of the trees she spent two decades planting, she now...

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The last days of the dinosaurs  by Riley Black

The last days of the dinosaurs

Riley Black

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"In The Last Days of the Dinosaurs, Riley Black walks readers through what happened in the days, the years, the centuries, and the million years after the impact, tracking the sweeping disruptions that overtook this one spot, and imagining what might have been...

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The lives of moths  by Andrei Sourakov

The lives of moths

Andrei Sourakov

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"Moths are among the most underappreciated insects on the planet, yet they make up the majority of some 180,000 known species of Lepidoptera. Filled with striking images, The Lives of Moths looks at the remarkable world of these amazing and beautiful...

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The origin of species  by Charles Darwin

The origin of species

Charles Darwin

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""Still considered one of the most important and ground-breaking books of science ever written, Darwin's ... exploration of tyhe evolutiuonary process challenged most of the strong beliefs of the Western world. Forced to question the idea of the Creator,...

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If Nietzsche were a narwhal  by Justin Gregg

If Nietzsche were a narwhal

Justin Gregg

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"What if human intelligence is actually more of a liability than a gift? After all, the animal kingdom, in all its diversity, gets by just fine without it. At first glance, human history is full of remarkable feats of intelligence, yet human exceptionalism can...

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Transformer  by Nick Lane

Transformer

Nick Lane

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"What brings the Earth to life, and our own lives to an end? For decades, biology has been dominated by information - the power of genes. Yet in terms of information there is no difference between a living cell and one that died a moment ago. What really...

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A (very) short history of life on Earth  by Henry Gee

A (very) short history of life on Earth

Henry Gee

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"In the tradition of E.H. Gombrich, Stephen Hawking, and Alan Weisman-an entertaining and uniquely informed narration of Life's life story. In the beginning, Earth was an inhospitably alien place-in constant chemical flux, covered with churning seas, crafting...

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Different  by F. B. M. de (Frans B. M.) Waal

Different

F. B. M. de (Frans B. M.) Waal

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"How different are men and women? Is gender uniquely human or do other primates also learn gendered roles? Drawing on decades of observing other primates, especially our closest living relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos, world renowned primatologist Frans de...

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The mind of plants

The mind of plants

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"Explorations of plant consciousness and human interactions with the natural world. From apples to ayahuasca, coffee to kurrajong, passionflower to peyote, plants are conscious beings. How they interact with each other, with humanity and with the world at...

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Strandings  by Peter (Lecturer in American literature) Riley

Strandings

Peter (Lecturer in American literature)...

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"When Peter Riley was thirteen, a woman with blue hair and a comet tattoo asked him to help load the jaw of a sperm whale into the back of a Volvo 245. The encounter set Riley on a decades-long quest to make sense of what had happened. Enter the secretive...

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A place like no other  by A. R. E. (Anthony Ronald Entrican) Sinclair

A place like no other

A. R. E. (Anthony Ronald Entrican) ...

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"With its rich biodiversity, astounding wildlife, and breathtaking animal migrations, Serengeti is like no other ecosystem on the planet. A Place like No Other is Anthony Sinclair's firsthand account of how he and other scientists discovered the biological...

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How birds evolve  by Douglas J. Futuyma

How birds evolve

Douglas J. Futuyma

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"How Birds Evolve explores how evolution has shaped the distinctive characteristics and behaviors we observe in birds today. Douglas Futuyma describes how evolutionary science illuminates the wonders of birds, ranging over topics such as the meaning and origin...

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Birds and us  by Tim Birkhead

Birds and us

Tim Birkhead

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"Since the dawn of human history, birds have stirred our imagination, inspiring and challenging our ideas about science, faith, art and philosophy. Looking to the skies above, we have variously worshipped them as gods, hunted them for sustenance, adorned...

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A field guide to New Zealand fungi  by Shirley Kerr

A field guide to New Zealand fungi

Shirley Kerr

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An identification guide of New Zealand mushrooms, including color photographs.

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New scientist essential guide

New scientist essential guide

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"It’s a story over 3 billion years in the making. Immerse yourself in our unique living planet with this latest New Scientist Essential Guide, with topics from life’s mysterious origins and its evolutionary leaps and missteps to today’s wondrous biosphere and...

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Life in the shallows  by Karen Denyer

Life in the shallows

Karen Denyer

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"Rich and diverse but often unloved, Aotearoa's wetlands are the most vulnerable of our ecosystems. Only a tiny fraction of their original extent remains, and we continue to lose this vital habitat. The race is on to discover more about them while we still...

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