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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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Birdsong in a time of silence  by Steven Lovatt

Birdsong in a time of silence

Steven Lovatt

Book

"A lyrical celebration of birdsong against the backdrop of the global pandemic. A lyrical celebration of birdsong, and the rekindling of a deep passion for nature. "At this time of year, blackbirds never simply fly: instead, like reluctantly retired ...

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Ants  by Eduard Florin Niga

Ants

Eduard Florin Niga

Book

"Introduces ants, describing their life cycle, complex behavior, adaptations, life in colonies, communication skills, and problem-solving abilites, with photographs of over thirty species"--Publisher's description.

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Rare plants  by Ed Ikin

Rare plants

Ed Ikin

Book

"Rare Plants explores what makes the world's rarest plants so exceptional, and by what means they have become so scarce, telling the story of 40 rare and endangered species through exquisite botanical artworks sourced from the archives of the Royal B...

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Bird talk  by Barbara (Barbara E.) Ballentine

Bird talk

Barbara (Barbara E.) Ballentine

Book

""Bird Talk" delves into new scientific developments to reveal the complexities of how birds make, learn, and use sound in a bewildering array of songs and calls. The beauty of birdsong is one of the joys of nature, and this book reveals how songs are...

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Orcapedia  by Paul Watson

Orcapedia

Paul Watson

Book

"Orcapedia presents a sobering look at the current imprisonment of a highly intelligent, socially complex, non-threatening species - orcas - by an industry strictly for profit. Many remember the movement to release Keiko, the orca who appeared in the...

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The Amazon  by Mark J. Plotkin

The Amazon

Mark J. Plotkin

Book

"The complex ecosystem of the Amazon covers an area about the size of the continental US. Approximately one of every four flowering plant species on earth resides in the Amazon. A single Amazonian river may contain more fish species than all the rivers...

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In search of mycotopia  by Doug Bierend

In search of mycotopia

Doug Bierend

Book

"From ecology to fermentation, in pop culture and in medicine mushrooms are everywhere. With an explorer's eye, author Doug Bierend guides readers through the weird, wonderful world of fungi and the amazing modern mycological movement. In Search of M...

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Around the world in 80 plants  by Jonathan Drori

Around the world in 80 plants

Jonathan Drori

Book

"In his follow-up to the bestselling Around the World in 80 Trees, Jonathan Drori takes another trip across the globe, bringing to life the science of plants by revealing how their worlds are intricately entwined with our own history, culture and fol...

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The forager's treasury  by Johanna Knox

The forager's treasury

Johanna Knox

Book

"In the urban and rural wildernesses, there is an abundance of food just waiting to be discovered, if only you know what to look for. Foraged food is healthy, economical and sustainable, but the best part is the fun you will have finding it. This book...

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A short history of humanity  by Johannes Krause

A short history of humanity

Johannes Krause

Book

In this eye-opening book, Johannes Krause, director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and journalist Thomas Trappe offer a new way of understanding our past, present, and future. Krause is a pioneer in the revolutionary new science...

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New scientist essential guide

New scientist essential guide

Book

Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection is arguably the most important scientific idea ever – radical in its simplicity, yet infinitely complex in its implications for life and its workings. Understand its full richness in this sixth...

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Life's edge  by Carl Zimmer

Life's edge

Carl Zimmer

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Carl Zimmer investigates one of the biggest questions of all: What is life? The answer seems obvious until you try to seriously answer it. Is the apple sitting on your kitchen counter alive, or is only the apple tree it came from deserving of the word?...

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Wanderland  by Jini Reddy

Wanderland

Jini Reddy

Book

Alone on a remote mountaintop one dark night, a woman hears a mysterious voice. Propelled by the memory and after years of dreaming about it, Jini Reddy dares to delve into the 'wanderlands' of Britain, heading off in search of the magical in the landscape....

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Wild nature  by John Blay

Wild nature

John Blay

Book

An epic journey of discovery into the heart of a vast and contested Australian wilderness. In Wild Nature John Blay laces up his walking boots and goes bush to explore Australia's rugged southeast forests, stretching from Canberra to the coast and on...

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Wildlife of New Zealand  by Julian Fitter

Wildlife of New Zealand

Julian Fitter

Book

"The essential field guide to the wildlife of New Zealand. New Zealand is home to an amazing and distinctive flora and fauna, most of it found only in this country. This fully revised field guide covers most of the birds, mammals and reptiles that you...

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The natural history of the sperm whale :  by Thomas Beale

The natural history of the sperm whale :

Thomas Beale

Book

The ship's surgeon Thomas Beale (1807-49) wrote a short account in 1835 of his experiences in the 'whale fishery' and in particular of the natural history and ecology of the sperm whale. In 1839, he followed this up with a longer account of the anatomy...

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Bringing back the beaver  by Derek Gow

Bringing back the beaver

Derek Gow

Book

A bold new voice in nature writing, from the front lines of Britain's rewilding movement Bringing Back the Beaver is farmer-turned-ecologist Derek Gow's inspirational and often riotously funny firsthand account of how the movement to rewild the Briti...

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The nightingale  by Sam Lee

The nightingale

Sam Lee

Book

An illustrated miscellany of the nightingale, perfect for nature and bird lovers. Come to the forest, sit by the fireside and listen to intoxicating song, as Sam Lee tells the story of the nightingale. Every year, as darkness falls upon woodlands, th...

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Skylarks with Rosie  by Stephen Moss

Skylarks with Rosie

Stephen Moss

Book

As spring arrives, Stephen Moss's Somerset garden is awash with birdsong: chiffchaffs, wrens, robins and more. Overhead, buzzards soar, ravens tumble and the season gathers pace. But this equinox is unlike any other. As the nation goes into lockdown,...

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Life in colour  by Martin Stevens

Life in colour

Martin Stevens

Book

A landmark exploration of how colour works in the natural world - colour as disguise, as seduction, and as an expression of power - to accompany a new BBC/Netflix series with David Attenborough. Beauty is more than skin deep.'The natural world is awash...

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What is a bird?  by Tony D. Williams

What is a bird?

Tony D. Williams

Book

There are some 10,000 bird species in existence today, occupying every continent and virtually every habitat on Earth. The variety of bird species is truly astounding, from the tiny bee hummingbird to the large flightless ostrich, making birds one of...

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Secrets of a Devon Wood  by Jo Brown

Secrets of a Devon Wood

Jo Brown

Book

Walking one day in the woods behind her cottage in Devon, nature illustrator and blogger Jo Brown became captivated by the sight of a Green Dock Beetle on a leaf and took a photograph of it in order to be able to draw it. That first tiny emerald bug ...

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The book of the earthworm  by Sally Coulthard

The book of the earthworm

Sally Coulthard

Book

Without these little engineers of the earth, the world's soils would be barren, and our gardens and fields wouldn't be able to grow the food we need to survive. Worms recycle decaying plants, putting nutrients back into the soil; they provide a food source...

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Wild rituals  by Caitlin O'Connell

Wild rituals

Caitlin O'Connell

Book

In a world of modern technology where we find ourselves living at a greater distant from nature and each other, Wild Rituals shows us the profound ways we are similar to the wild creatures that captivate us. Through the lens of the animal kingdom, th...

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Botanicum medicinale  by Catherine Whitlock

Botanicum medicinale

Catherine Whitlock

Book

A beautifully illustrated, informative, and engaging guide to 100 plants used for medicinal purposes. Remedies derived from plants are the world's oldest medicines. Used extensively in China, India, and many African countries, herbal medicine has bec...

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Wild mushrooming  by Alison Pouliot

Wild mushrooming

Alison Pouliot

Book

Fungi are diverse, delicious and sometimes deadly. With interest in foraging for wild food on the rise, learning to accurately identify fungi reduces both poisoning risk to humans and harm to the environment. This extensively illustrated guide takes a...

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Extraterrestrial  by Abraham Loeb

Extraterrestrial

Abraham Loeb

Book

In 2017, scientists at an observatory in Hawaii detected an interstellar object near Earth, which they named 'Oumuamua. The more scientists looked at it, the weirder it got - this cigar-shaped object didn't behave like any other asteroid or comet seen...

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A natural year  by Michael Fewer

A natural year

Michael Fewer

Book

Michael Fewer in A Natural Year observes the everyday nature of Irish gardens, parks and countryside over the course and development of the four seasons. Based on his personal nature diaries, kept at his homes in south Dublin and rural Waterford, he ...

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Of wolves and men  by Barry Holstun Lopez

Of wolves and men

Barry Holstun Lopez

Book

"Originally Published in 1978, this special twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of the National Book Award finalist includes an entirely new afterword in which the author considers the current state of knowledge about wolves and recent efforts to rein-t...

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Cottongrass Summer  by Roy H. Dennis

Cottongrass Summer

Roy H. Dennis

Book

A collection of vibrant essays to inform, stimulate and inspire every nature lover. Through unparallelled expertise as a field naturalist, Roy Dennis is able to write about the natural world in a way that considers both the problems and the progress in...

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The nature of summer  by Jim Crumley

The nature of summer

Jim Crumley

Book

In the endless light of summer days, and the magical gloaming of the wee small hours, nature in Jim's beloved Highlands, Perthshire and Trossachs heartlands is burgeoning freely, as though there is one long midsummer's eve, nothing reserved. For our flora...

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Earth almanac  by Ted Williams

Earth almanac

Ted Williams

Book

This collection of seasonal essays by nature write Ted Williams combines in-depth information with evocative descriptions of nature's marvels and mysteries.

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Penguin  by Stefan Christmann

Penguin

Stefan Christmann

Book

There is only one bird species that hunts in summer and rears its young in winter: the Emperor Penguin. These extraordinary animals survive the relentless Antarctic climate, braving an average temperature of -49 degrees Celsius, thanks to their speci...

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The disappearance of butterflies  by Josef Reichholf

The disappearance of butterflies

Josef Reichholf

Book

In the last fifty years our butterfly populations have declined by more than eighty per cent and butterflies are now facing the very real prospect of extinction. It is hard to remember the time when fields and meadows were full of these beautiful, de...

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The secret language of cells  by Jon Lieff

The secret language of cells

Jon Lieff

Book

While cells are commonly considered the building block of living things, it is actually the communication between cells that brings us to life, controlling our bodies and brains, determining whether we are healthy or sick, and directly influencing how...

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Monarchs of the sea  by Danna Staaf

Monarchs of the sea

Danna Staaf

Book

Before mammals, there were dinosaurs. And before dinosaurs, there were cephalopods—the ancestors of modern squid, octopuses, and more creatures—Earth’s first truly substantial animals. Essentially inventing the act of swimming, cephalopods presided over...

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Braiding sweetgrass  by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Book

"A a botanist, Robion Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. [Here], Kimmerer brings these lenses...

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How to be animal  by Melanie Challenger

How to be animal

Melanie Challenger

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Humans are the most inquisitive, emotional, imaginative, aggressive and baffling animals on the planet. But how well do we really know ourselves? How to Be Animal writes a remarkable story of what it means to be human and argues that at the heart of ...

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After the blast  by Eric Loudon Wagner

After the blast

Eric Loudon Wagner

Book

On May 18, 1980, people all over the world watched with awe and horror as Mount St. Helens erupted. Fifty-seven people were killed and hundreds of square miles of what had been lush forests and wild rivers were to all appearances destroyed. Ecologists...

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The 99th koala  by Kailas Wild

The 99th koala

Kailas Wild

Book

In last summer's devastating fires, Kangaroo Island lost half of its koala population, with many more left injured and starving. This is the inspiring and sometimes confronting story of someone who went to help and ended up a koala dad. When Kailas Wild...

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Pollination  by Timothy Walker

Pollination

Timothy Walker

Book

An enticing illustrated look at pollination, one of the most astonishing marvels of the natural world. Pollination is essential to the survival of most plants on Earth. Some plants rely on the wind to transport pollen from one flower to another. Others...

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100 Australian birds  by Georgia Angus

100 Australian birds

Georgia Angus

Book

100 Australian Birds is a beginner's guide to the world of birdwatching. From the outside, this strange hobby of birdwatching appears to consist of sizeable camera lenses, khaki pants that are pulled up too high, and gruelling treks in pursuit of rare...

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Weka, opportunist and battler  by Ralph Powlesland

Weka, opportunist and battler

Ralph Powlesland

Book

"Weka are widespread throughout parts of New Zealand. They are inquisitive by nature, even if furtively, including venturing into peoples' homes and sheds when the opportunity permits and can be considered a bit of a menace! So why should we care about...

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His imperial majesty  by M. R. (Matthew R.) Oates

His imperial majesty

M. R. (Matthew R.) Oates

Book

The Purple Emperor is one of England's most elusive and least-known butterflies. Matthew Oates has spent fifty years trying to unravel the Emperor's secrets. Many mysteries remain unsolved, but enough are revealed in this book to enable experts and n...

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Crazy for birds  by Misha Maynerick Blaise

Crazy for birds

Misha Maynerick Blaise

Book

From the Common Swift, which can stay in the air continuously without landing for up to ten months at a time, even sleeping on the wing, to the tiny Goldcrest, Europe's smallest bird, which can lay one-and-one-half times its body weight in eggs every...

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Tales from the ant world  by Edward O. Wilson

Tales from the ant world

Edward O. Wilson

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Edward O. Wilson recalls his lifetime with ants-from his first boyhood encounters in the woods of Alabama to perilous journeys into the Brazilian rainforest. Ants are the most warlike of all animals, with colony pitted against colony. Their clashes d...

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The secret life of fungi  by Aliya Whiteley

The secret life of fungi

Aliya Whiteley

Book

Fungi can appear anywhere, from desert dunes to frozen tundra, and create anew from rotting matter. They can invade bodies and thoughts; they can live between our toes or between our floorboards; they are unwelcome intruders or vastly expensive treats;...

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The nature remedy  by Faith Douglas

The nature remedy

Faith Douglas

Book

A beautiful, illustrated modern guide to nature for a new generation (including city-dwellers) and how it can impact our mental and physical wellbeing. Reconnect with nature and learn everything about the wonderful wild. Curator of the Thorp Perrow a...

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The story of life in 10 1/2 species  by Marianne Taylor

The story of life in 10 1/2 species

Marianne Taylor

Book

If an alien visitor were to collect ten souvenir life forms to represent life on earth, which would they be? This is the thought-provoking premise of Marianne Taylor's The Story of Life in 10 and a Half Species. Each life forms explains a key aspect about...

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Palace of palms  by Kate Teltscher

Palace of palms

Kate Teltscher

Book

Daringly innovative when it opened in 1848, the Palm House in Kew Gardens remains one of the most beautiful glass buildings in the world today. Seemingly weightless, vast and yet light, the Palm House floats free from architectural convention, at onc...

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How birds behave  by Wenfei Tong

How birds behave

Wenfei Tong

Book

This engaging book delves into the private lives of wild birds to reveal why they behave as they do. Birds are intelligent, sociable creatures that exhibit a wide array of behaviours, from mobbing and mimicking to mating and joint nesting. Why do they...

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Back to nature  by Chris Packham

Back to nature

Chris Packham

Book

One thing has become clear this year - we need nature more than ever. And although the natural world has never been more under pressure, there are still reasons to be hopeful. Through personal stories, conservation breakthroughs and fascinating scien...

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Charles Darwin's barnacle and David Bowie's spider  by Stephen B. Heard

Charles Darwin's barnacle and David Bowie's spider

Stephen B. Heard

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Ever since Carl Linnaeus's binomial system of scientific names was adopted in the eighteenth century, scientists have been eponymously naming organisms in ways that both honor and vilify their namesakes. This charming, informative, and accessible his...

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On the origin of evolution  by John Gribbin

On the origin of evolution

John Gribbin

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The theory of evolution by natural selection did not spring fully formed and unprecedented from the brain of Charles Darwin. Rather it has been examined and debated by philosophers the world over for thousands of years. This lively history traces the...

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Australia's most dangerous animals  by Karen McGhee

Australia's most dangerous animals

Karen McGhee

Book

If it seems like Australia has a lot of dangerous creatures, that's because we do! Featuring some of the best content from Australian Geographic's 'Most Dangerous' and 'Most Deadly' series, this handy reference will help you to understand, appreciate...

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Mind maps  by Helen Pilcher

Mind maps

Helen Pilcher

Book

Biology is the natural science that studies life on our planet: from fungi to fossils and ecosystems to extremophiles, there is a whole world waiting to be discovered.'Mind Maps: Biology' helps you to understand the natural world and to learn its language...

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The seaweed collector's handbook  by Miek Zwamborn

The seaweed collector's handbook

Miek Zwamborn

Book

The author shares her discoveries of seaweed's history, culture and science from the Neolithic people of the Orkney Islands to the sushi artisans in modern Japan.

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Herbarium  by Barbara M. Thiers

Herbarium

Barbara M. Thiers

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Since the 1500s, scientists have documented the plants and fungi that grow around them organizing the specimens into collections. Know as herbaria, these archives helped give rise to botany as its own scientific endeavor. Thiers explores how herbaria...

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The zoologist's guide to the galaxy  by Arik Kershenbaum

The zoologist's guide to the galaxy

Arik Kershenbaum

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We are unprepared for the greatest discovery of modern science. Scientists are confident that there is alien life across the universe yet we have not moved beyond our perception of 'aliens' as Hollywood stereotypes. The time has come to abandon our fixation...

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Wolf Island  by L. David Mech

Wolf Island

L. David Mech

Book

In the late 1940s, a small pack of wolves crossed the ice of Lake Superior to the island wilderness of Isle Royale, creating a perfect laboratory for a long-term study of predators and prey. Mech, a graduate student at the time, began research and wo...

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The world encyclopedia of trees  by Tony Russell

The world encyclopedia of trees

Tony Russell

Book

A reference and identification guide to 1300 of the world's most significant trees. This beautifully illustrated volume, substantially updated for this new large-format edition, is the ultimate reference guide to more than 1300 of the most spectacula...

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Great adaptations  by Kenneth Catania

Great adaptations

Kenneth Catania

Book

How one scientist unlocked the secrets behind some of nature's most astounding animals. From star-nosed moles that have super-sensing snouts to electric eels that paralyze their prey, animals possess unique and extraordinary abilities. In Great Adapt...

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