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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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Saving the last rhinos  by Grant Fowlds

Saving the last rhinos

Grant Fowlds

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What would drive a man to 'smuggle' rhino horn back into Africa at great risk to himself? This is just one of the situations Grant Fowlds has put himself in as part of his ongoing fight against poaching, in order to prove a link between southern Africa...

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Life finds a way  by Andreas Wagner

Life finds a way

Andreas Wagner

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Every single one of the millions of species alive today is the most recent link in an almost-endless chain of creation going all the way back to the origins of life. The amazing diversity and complexity we see all around us are products of nature's c...

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The science of animals  by Jamie Ambrose

The science of animals

Jamie Ambrose

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From tiny insects to sleek sharks and majestic elephants, this book invites you to explore the animal kingdom up close - from nose to tail. Whether you're interested in specific animal groups such as mammals or birds or have a passion for wildlife ph...

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Gorillas in the wild  by Joe McDonald

Gorillas in the wild

Joe McDonald

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Joe McDonald and Mary Ann McDonald hold the record for treks to Rwanda to photograph mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. In this book, Joe shares his vast knowledge of the apes, and the pair present an unprecedented collection of images that ...

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The eight master lessons of nature  by Gary Ferguson

The eight master lessons of nature

Gary Ferguson

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In Eight Master Lessons of Nature, Gary Ferguson reveals the wisdom of the natural world. By keenly observing and admiring wildlife and their surroundings, he shows us why sympathy is our greatest asset and crucial to our survival, that feminine rule...

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The ecology book

The ecology book

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Explore ecology in this accessible introduction to how the natural world works and how we have started to understand the environment, ecosystems, and climate change. Using a bold, graphic-led approach, The Ecology Book explores and explains over 85 of...

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The primate family tree  by Ian Redmond

The primate family tree

Ian Redmond

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"The Primate Family Tree" is a beautiful and comprehensive resource on the subject of our animal relatives: apes, monkeys and lemurs. Readers will learn an abundance of facts, review recent research and conservation efforts and discover the remarkabl...

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Harvest  by Edward Posnett

Harvest

Edward Posnett

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In a centuries-old tradition, farmers in northwestern Iceland scour remote coastal plains for the down of nesting eider ducks. High inside a vast cave in Borneo, men perched atop rickety ladders collect swiftlets' nests, a delicacy believed to be a cure...

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Buzz, sting, bite  by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

Buzz, sting, bite

Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

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Insects comprise roughly half of the animal kingdom, and they live everywhere. Most of us think life would be better without bugs. In fact, life would be impossible without them. Without the pinhead-sized chocolate midge, cocoa flowers would not pollinate....

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Altered inheritance  by Françoise Baylis

Altered inheritance

Françoise Baylis

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With the advent of CRISPR gene-editing technology, designer babies have become a reality. Françoise Baylis insists that scientists alone cannot decide the terms of this new era in human evolution. Members of the public, with diverse interests and per...

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Extraterrestrial languages  by Daniel Oberhaus

Extraterrestrial languages

Daniel Oberhaus

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If we send a message into space, will extraterrestrial beings receive it? Will they understand? The endlessly fascinating question of whether we are alone in the universe has always been accompanied by another, more complicated one: if there is...

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The good bee  by Alison Benjamin

The good bee

Alison Benjamin

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Bees are our most loyal ally. These fascinating, enigmatic creatures are a key lynchpin in the working of our planet. Without them the landscape, as well as every aisle in our supermarkets would look radically different. And we're not just talking about...

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After man  by Dougal Dixon

After man

Dougal Dixon

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What exotic creatures does tomorrow hold? Dougal Dixon's classic work of speculative anthropology blends science and fantasy in a stunning zoology of the future.

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Blueprint  by Nicholas A. Christakis

Blueprint

Nicholas A. Christakis

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

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Sharks  by Callum Denness

Sharks

Callum Denness

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For as long as people have lived in Australia, the shark has loomed large in our fears. From the Noongar people of Western Australia who stayed out of the water for fear of being taken, to media hysteria about attacks and even sightings today, sharks...

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Close to birds  by Roine Magnusson

Close to birds

Roine Magnusson

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A stunning celebration of birds and why we love them. Gorgeous, close-up photographs highlight the magic in every feather, with enchanting essays about how birds touch our lives. Our lives intertwine with birds like no other wild creature. Every day birds...

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Imagined life  by James Trefil

Imagined life

James Trefil

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It is now known that we live in a galaxy with more planets than stars. The Milky Way alone encompasses 30 trillion potential home planets. Scientists Trefil and Summers bring readers on a marvelous experimental voyage through the possibilities of lif...

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Walks in the wild  by Peter Wohlleben

Walks in the wild

Peter Wohlleben

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Can you tell the difference between wolf and dog prints? Which trees are best to shelter under a storm? How do you tell a deciduous and coniferous tree apart? Bestselling author of The Hidden Life of trees, Peter Wohlleben, lets you in on the quinte...

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Believe it or snot  by Nick Caruso

Believe it or snot

Nick Caruso

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A compendium of slimy and repulsive facts from the authors of DOES IT FART? What is hyena butter, and would you want to put it on toast? A hagfish can produce how much slime in 60 seconds? Which animal produces a snotty sleeping bag? How does a bubble...

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Buzz  by Thor Hanson

Buzz

Thor Hanson

Book

Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz, the beloved Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins...

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Consider the platypus  by Maggie Ryan Sandford

Consider the platypus

Maggie Ryan Sandford

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Consider the Platypus explores the history and features of more than 50 animals to provide insight into our current understanding of evolution. Using Darwin's theory as a springboard, Maggie Ryan Sandford details scientists' initial understanding of ...

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The orchid  by Lauren Gardiner

The orchid

Lauren Gardiner

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Produced in association with Kew, this wonderful book is enhanced with botanical illustrations by the great orchid artists, 40 of which have been also been selected to include as prints and presented in a handsome collector's box. Captivating, beauti...

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My penguin year  by Lindsay McCrae

My penguin year

Lindsay McCrae

Book

When the BBC asked BAFTA-winning cameraman Lindsay McCrae to go to Antarctica to film emperor penguins he was thrilled. After discussing it with his wife Becky they agreed that, although it would mean him being away for 11 months, he should do it. But...

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End times  by Bryan (Bryan R.) Walsh

End times

Bryan (Bryan R.) Walsh

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What is going to cause our extinction? How can we save ourselves and our future? End Times answers the most important questions facing humankind. End Times is a compelling work of skilled reportage that peels back the layers of complexity around the....

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Slime  by Ruth Kassinger

Slime

Ruth Kassinger

Book

Say "algae" and most people think of pond scum. What they don't know is that without algae, none of us would exist. There are as many algae on Earth as stars in the universe, and they have been essential to life on our planet for eons. Algae created the...

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The dark stuff  by Donald S. Murray

The dark stuff

Donald S. Murray

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People living on the edge or in the midst of moorland have interacted with their environment for centuries, utilizing its resources and drawing upon its unique features to provide shape and meaning for their lives. Donald S. Murray's new book is an e...

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Orca  by Erich Hoyt

Orca

Erich Hoyt

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This revised fifth edition includes Hoyt's original account of his trips to the waters off Vancouver Island in the 1970s to help make a documentary about the killer whale, about which little was known then. Exciting new chapters bring readers up-to-date...

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Latin for bird lovers  by Roger J. Lederer

Latin for bird lovers

Roger J. Lederer

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Identifies and briefly explains over three thousand Latin words used to describe birds, referring to species, body parts, colors, patterns, and sizes, and profiles twelve ornithologists as well as twenty popular birds.

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Zoology

Zoology

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Whether you're interested in specific animal groups such as mammals or birds or have a passion for wildlife photography, this beautiful book will delight, fascinate, and surprise. DK's elegant new introduction to wild animals is packed with dramatic....

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Nature's explorers

Nature's explorers

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Nature's Explorers celebrates the individuals who made great personal endeavours to document the natural world. Superb artworks and photographs spanning three centuries have been chosen to illustrate each essay. From ground-breaking theorists such as...

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Seven worlds one planet  by Jonny Keeling

Seven worlds one planet

Jonny Keeling

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Long ago, our planet had only one gigantic land mass. Then something monumental happened. That supercontinent ruptured and seven different worlds were born. Each of those worlds - or continents - evolved, and continues to evolve, its own way of life....

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Father of lions  by Louise Callaghan

Father of lions

Louise Callaghan

Book

Between 2014 and 2017, the 'Islamic State' ruled the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq, killing 'traitors', destroying books and oppressing women. But miraculously, in a park on the eastern edge of the Tigris, a zoo was kept open. Father of Lions is the...

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The 50 best birdwatching sites in New Zealand  by Liz Light

The 50 best birdwatching sites in New Zealand

Liz Light

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"New Zealand has a diverse range of bird species and is especially important for pelagics. Thirteen of the world's 18 penguin species have been recorded in the New Zealand region (including the Ross Dependency). Nine of these species breed here. Of petrels,...

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The waterside ape  by P. H. Rhys Evans

The waterside ape

P. H. Rhys Evans

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Why are humans so fond of water? Why is our skin colour so variable? Why aren’t we hairy like our close ape relatives? mA savannah scenario of human evolution has been widely accepted primarily due to fossil evidence; and fossils do not offer insight...

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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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Curious creatures on our shores  by Chris Thorogood

Curious creatures on our shores

Chris Thorogood

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This veritable marine treasure trove of a book is richly illustrated by the author, with fifty of the most beautiful, easily encountered, and sometimes astonishing marine organisms found on British coasts, from seemingly exotic seahorses and starfish,...

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Remarkable trees  by Christina (Horticulturist) Harrison

Remarkable trees

Christina (Horticulturist) Harrison

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More than 60,000 species of trees are found in an amazing variety of forms, sizes and habitats. Every tree has its own story and here are over 60, selected for their particular resonance and connection with humankind and representing most of the world's...

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Gene machine  by Venki Ramakrishnan

Gene machine

Venki Ramakrishnan

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Everyone knows about DNA. It is the essence of our being, influencing who we are and what we pass on to our children. But the information in DNA can t be used without a machine to decode it. The ribosome is that machine. Older than DNA itself, it is the...

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A fortunate universe  by Geraint F. Lewis

A fortunate universe

Geraint F. Lewis

Book

Over the last forty years, scientists have uncovered evidence that if the Universe had been forged with even slightly different properties, life as we know it - and life as we can imagine it - would be impossible. Join us on a journey through how we ...

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Bee  by Claire Preston

Bee

Claire Preston

Book

Claire Preston’s Bee is a history of our long, complex relationship with this industrious, much-admired insect. The book moves from ancient political descriptions of the bee to Renaissance debates about monarchy, to the conversion of the virtuous, civil...

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Wild leadership  by Erna Walraven

Wild leadership

Erna Walraven

Book

What can we learn about leadership from wild animals? This book looks at leadership from a completely different perspective. Our closest living relatives are chimpanzees and bonobos - we are less hairy and may wear a business suit, but are driven by ...

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Endangered  by Tim Flach

Endangered

Tim Flach

Book

We can’t save the world if we don’t care about the world. Visual imagery plays a huge role in helping us to care about what is happening around us. Endangered is an experiment by award-winning photographer Tim Flach in how and why we connect emotionally...

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Bloom  by Ruth Kassinger

Bloom

Ruth Kassinger

Book

Say "algae" and most people think of pond scum. What they don't know is that without algae, none of us would exist. There are as many algae on earth as stars in the universe, and they have been essential to life on our planet for aeons. Algae created...

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Rākau = Trees  by Erin Forsyth

Rākau = Trees

Erin Forsyth

Book

"Rakau, Trees, A-Z is the second journal in the Tauhou series combining refreshed information & contemporary natural history illustrations of plants, animals & ecosystems - the biological diversity - of Aotearoa, New Zealand. As the name of this jour...

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Origins  by Lewis Dartnell

Origins

Lewis Dartnell

Book

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

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Urban aviary  by Stephen Moss

Urban aviary

Stephen Moss

Book

A unique guide to the unusual and often surprising birds that soar above our cities around the world. From frigatebirds wheeling over Rio de Janeiro to bowerbirds displaying in the suburbs of Canberra, penguins in Cape Town to pelicans in San Francisco,...

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Fantastic fungi

Fantastic fungi

Book

Companion to the film Fantastic Fungi. Contributions from Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, Eugenia Bone, and many more expterts make Fantastic Fungi an awe-inspiring visual journey through the exotic, little-known realm of fungi and its amazing potential...

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Hauturu

Hauturu

Book

Often described as the most intact native ecosystem in the country, Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island holds a special place in the minds of all New Zealanders interested in preserving our country's unique natural heritage. Written by experts across...

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The brilliance of birds  by Skye Wishart

The brilliance of birds

Skye Wishart

Book

"Who knew that the morepork, our only surviving native owl, can turn its head 270 degrees? Or that the bar-tailed godwit triples its body weight before undertaking an epic and continuous migration of 11,000 kilometres? Or that the tūī has two voicebo...

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Sprout lands  by William Bryant Logan

Sprout lands

William Bryant Logan

Book

"Once, farmers knew how to make a living hedge and fed their flocks on tree-branch hay. Rural people knew how to prune hazel to foster abundance: both of edible nuts, and of straight, strong, flexible rods for bridges, walls, and baskets. Townspeople...

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The world beneath  by Richard Smith

The world beneath

Richard Smith

Book

Brimming with new discoveries, Smith's book takes you swimming in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans to meet the sea's most fascinating creatures. There are scarlet-colored corals, baby-blue sponges, and creatures that change color at the drop of...

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Tropical marine life of Australia  by Graham J. Edgar

Tropical marine life of Australia

Graham J. Edgar

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Tropical Marine Life of Australia is the definitive guide to tropical Australian and central Indo-Pacific marine life, covering over 2,400 species of animals and plants. Groups covered include seaweeds, corals, molluscs, crustaceans, fishes, reptiles...

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Dance of the dung beetles  by Marcus Byrne

Dance of the dung beetles

Marcus Byrne

Book

The humble and industrious dung beetle is a marvelous beast: the 6,000 species identified so far are intricately entwined with human history and scientific endeavor. these night-soil collectors of the planet have been worshiped as gods, worn as jewelery,...

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The way through the woods  by Litt Woon Long

The way through the woods

Litt Woon Long

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When Long Litt Woon loses her husband of 32 years to an unexpected death, she is utterly bereft. An immigrant in his country, in losing the love of her life she has also lost her compass and her passport to society. For a time, she is stuck, aimless,...

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The life & love of the sea  by Lewis Blackwell

The life & love of the sea

Lewis Blackwell

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Blackwell explores our intimate relationship with the sea through thoughtful essays and dramatic images of sea creatures, including whales, manta rays, seals, and endless schools of fish, as well as creatures residing in the deepest recesses of the o...

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The selfish ape  by Nicholas P. Money

The selfish ape

Nicholas P. Money

Book

Weaving together stories of science and sociology, The Selfish Ape offers a refreshing response to common fantasies about the ascent of humanity. Rather than imagining modern humans as a species with godlike powers, or Homo deus, Nicholas P. Money recasts...

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The rainforest survivors  by Paul Raffaele

The rainforest survivors

Paul Raffaele

Book

Even in our hyper-connected world, there are tribes scattered across the far reaches of the globe who still live much the same way that their ancestors did thousands of years ago. Having had minimal contact with the outside world, these peoples currently...

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Elephant  by Errol Fuller

Elephant

Errol Fuller

Book

A lavishly illustrated celebration of these glorious animals—and a poignant lament for their future. Elephants are among the most beloved of all creatures. Their behavior can seem almost human, from their complex social interactions to their need to ...

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Wild dives  by Nick Robertson-Brown

Wild dives

Nick Robertson-Brown

Book

A book filled with underwater adventures, Wild Dives will take you to remote locations where you can experience some of the best, and sometimes weirdest, underwater spectacles from around the world. Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown take you through more...

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

Pleased to meet me

Bill (William J.) Sullivan

Book

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

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Rise of the necrofauna  by Britt Wray

Rise of the necrofauna

Britt Wray

Book

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

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The mosquito  by Timothy C. (Timothy Charles) Winegard

The mosquito

Timothy C. (Timothy Charles) Winega...

Book

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

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The secret therapy of trees  by Marco Mencagli

The secret therapy of trees

Marco Mencagli

Book

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

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Novacene  by James Lovelock

Novacene

James Lovelock

Book

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

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Biology essentials  by René Fester Kratz

Biology essentials

René Fester Kratz

Book

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

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The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef

Book

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

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Birdology  by Sy Montgomery

Birdology

Sy Montgomery

Book

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

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The Kiwi  by Matt Elliott

The Kiwi

Matt Elliott

Book

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

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What is life?  by Addy Pross

What is life?

Addy Pross

Book

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

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Urban arboreal  by Michael 1941- author. Jordan

Urban arboreal

Michael 1941- author. Jordan

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

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Giants of the monsoon forest  by Jacob Shell

Giants of the monsoon forest

Jacob Shell

Book

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

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Bats  by Marianne Taylor

Bats

Marianne Taylor

Book

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

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Primate change  by Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Primate change

Vybarr Cregan-Reid

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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The handbook of bird families  by Jonathan Elphick

The handbook of bird families

Jonathan Elphick

Book

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

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

Dragonflies and damselflies of New Zealand

Milen (Milen G.) Marinov

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

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The theory that changed everything  by Philip Lieberman

The theory that changed everything

Philip Lieberman

Book

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

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Obaysch  by John Simmons

Obaysch

John Simmons

Book

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

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The lives of bees  by Thomas D. Seeley

The lives of bees

Thomas D. Seeley

Book

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

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