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Natural history new titles

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Purpose & desire  by J. Scott Turner

Purpose & desire

J. Scott Turner

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"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

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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

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"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

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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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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The orchid hunter  by Leif Bersweden

The orchid hunter

Leif Bersweden

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"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 precocious...

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Blowfish's oceanopedia  by Tom Hird

Blowfish's oceanopedia

Tom Hird

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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 fascinating...

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Moose  by Mark Raycroft

Moose

Mark Raycroft

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Tamed & untamed  by Sy Montgomery

Tamed & untamed

Sy Montgomery

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"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

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"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 frightening...

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Evolution in minutes  by Darren Naish

Evolution in minutes

Darren Naish

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"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

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"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 critically...

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The robin  by Stephen Moss

The robin

Stephen Moss

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"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

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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

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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 believed...

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The tallgrass prairie  by Cindy Crosby

The tallgrass prairie

Cindy Crosby

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"Crosby tells stories about how humankind has adopted the prairie as a grocery, an apothecary, and even as a shop for love charms. Rounding out this exceptional introduction are suggestions for experiencing the American prairie, including journaling techniques...

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Bill Bailey's remarkable guide to British birds  by Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey's remarkable guide to British birds

Bill Bailey

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'When herons are spooked they have a habit of vomiting as a defence. Half-digested pieces of eel and water vole skull on your head is not a good look. Just so you know.' A visual feast packed with illustrations, sketches and notes by Bailey as well as...

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What a plant knows  by Daniel Chamowitz

What a plant knows

Daniel Chamowitz

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A captivating journey into the inner lives of plant - from the colours they see to the schedules they keep. How does a Venus flytrap know when to snap shut - can it feel an insect's spindly legs? How do roses know when it's spring - do they remember the...

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The book of caterpillars

The book of caterpillars

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While butterflies and moths are among the most beautiful and most-studied creatures in nature, caterpillars, although just as diverse, alluring, and fascinating, are rarely studied in such detail. Now, with this impressive and informative guide, they...

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Mousy cats and sheepish coyotes  by John A. Shivik

Mousy cats and sheepish coyotes

John A. Shivik

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A wildlife expert explores what science tells us about animals as unique individuals and why animal personality matters for the human-animal bond and for adaptation in nature. Why are some cats cuddly and others standoffish? Why are some dogs adventuresome,...

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Tamed  by Alice M. Roberts

Tamed

Alice M. Roberts

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"In Tamed, Alice Roberts uncovers the deep history of ten familiar species with incredible wild pasts: dogs, apples and wheat; cattle, potatoes and chickens; rice, maize and horses – and, finally, humans. She reveals how becoming part of our world changed...

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Rise of the necrofauna  by Britt Wray

Rise of the necrofauna

Britt Wray

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"[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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21st-century yokel  by Tom Cox

21st-century yokel

Tom Cox

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"21st-Century Yokel explores the way we can be tied inescapably to landscape, whether we like it or not, often through our family and our past. It's not quite a nature book, not quite a humour book, not quite a family memoir, not quite folklore, not quite...

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The dancing bees  by Tania Munz

The dancing bees

Tania Munz

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"We think of bees as being among the busiest workers in the garden, admiring them for their productivity. But amid their buzzing, they are also great communicators and unusual dancers. As Karl von Frisch (1886-1982) discovered during World War II, bees...

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Natural wonders of the world

Natural wonders of the world

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"Discover Earth's most beautiful and fascinating natural landmarks. From the spectacular granite domes of Yosemite to the reefs of the Bahama Banks and the ice sheets of the Antarctic, this is an unparalleled survey of the world's natural treasures. From...

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Circadian rhythms  by Russell G. Foster

Circadian rhythms

Russell G. Foster

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This volume explains how organisms can 'know' the time and reveals what we now understand of the nature and operation of chronobiological processes. Covering variables such as light, the metabolism, human health, and the seasons, Foster and Kreitzman...

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Shorebirds in action  by Richard J. author. Chandler

Shorebirds in action

Richard J. author. Chandler

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Shorebirds, or waders, are a large group of small to medium-sized birds that occur worldwide, in a wide range of predominantly coastal or wetland habitats. Some species are largely sedentary whilst others are amongst the world's most migratory bird species,...

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The animal mind  by Kristin Andrews

The animal mind

Kristin Andrews

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"The study of animal cognition raises profound questions about the minds of animals and philosophy of mind itself. In recent experiments, dogs have been shown to respond appropriately to over 200 words in human language. In this introduction to the philosophy...

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The complete illustrated world encyclopedia of insects  by Martin Walters

The complete illustrated world encyclopedia of insects

Martin Walters

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An authoritative visual dictionary of every order of the insect world including beetles, cockroaches, flies, crickets, wasps, bees, moths and butterflies, as well as spiders, mites, ticks, centipedes and microscopic creatures. Includes an in-depth look...

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Birding without borders  by Noah K. Strycker

Birding without borders

Noah K. Strycker

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"In 2015, Noah Strycker, a young American birder, became the first person to see more than half of the 10,000 bird species on planet Earth in one year. Traveling to forty-one countries on seven continents with just a small backpack, a pair of binoculars,...

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30-second genetics

30-second genetics

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"30-Second Genetics cuts though the jargon to chart the most extraordinary discoveries in the field, from the fundamentals of cell biology to the recent unbelievable devopments in DNA sequencing and genome editing. Advances in stem cell therapy, animal...

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Blue planet II  by James Honeyborne

Blue planet II

James Honeyborne

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"Our understanding of ocean life has changed dramatically in the last decade, with new species, new behaviours, and new habitats being discovered at a rapid rate. Blue Planet II, which accompanies an epic 7-part series on BBC1, is a ground-breaking new...

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Venom  by Brendan J. (Brendan James) Murray

Venom

Brendan J. (Brendan James) Murray

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In the early years of the twentieth century, an awareness was growing among European Australians of an unexpected threat, one that seemed the very embodiment of the dark, ominous power of the Australian bush. To the Indigenous people of the Guugu Yimithirr...

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Does it fart?  by Nick Caruso

Does it fart?

Nick Caruso

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"Dogs do it. Millipedes do it. Dinosaurs did it. You do it: I do it. Octopuses don't (and nor do octopi). Spiders might do it: more research is needed. Birds don't do it, but they could if they wanted to. Herrings do it to communicate with each other....

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Curious encounters with the natural world  by Michael R. Jeffords

Curious encounters with the natural world

Michael R. Jeffords

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Michael R. Jeffords and Susan L. Post have circled the globe--and explored their neighborhood -- collecting images of the natural world. This book opens their personal cabinet of curiosities to tell the stories of the pair's most unusual encounters. From...

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How evolution explains everything about life

How evolution explains everything about life

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How did we get here? All cultures have a creation story, but a little over 150 years ago Charles Darwin introduced a revolutionary new one. We, and all living things, exist because of the action of evolution on the first simple life form and its descendants....

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The inner life of animals  by Peter Wohlleben

The inner life of animals

Peter Wohlleben

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Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world with Peter Wohlleben's personal experiences in forests and fields....

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Planet hunters  by Lucas Ellerbroek

Planet hunters

Lucas Ellerbroek

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"Astronomers are on the verge of answering one of the most profound questions ever asked: are we alone in the universe? The ability to detect life in remote solar systems is at last within sight. Its discovery, even if only in microbial form, would revolutionize...

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Spineless  by Juli Berwald

Spineless

Juli Berwald

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"More than a decade ago, Juli Berwald left a career in ocean science to raise a family in landlocked Austin, Texas. But then jellyfish drew her back to the sea. Recent, massive blooms of billions of jellyfish have clogged power plants, decimated fisheries,...

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Wise trees  by Diane Cook

Wise trees

Diane Cook

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Wise Trees is a photography book about trees that have a remarkable story to tell us. To create it, photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel spent two years traveling to five continents to photograph more than 50 extraordinary trees that were carefully...

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Collins field guide to the New Zealand seashore   by Sally F. (Sally Fraser) Carson

Collins field guide to the New Zealand seashore

Sally F. (Sally Fraser) Carson

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"New Zealand has over 14,000 kilometres of coastline, the 10th longest length of coast in the world. From sheltered sandy beaches, rugged cliff-lined fiords, the geography of New Zealand's coastline is as diverse as it is spectacular. The Collins Field...

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Samoan land snails and slugs  by Robert H. Cowie

Samoan land snails and slugs

Robert H. Cowie

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The islands of the Samoan archipelago lie about 14 degrees south of the equator in the central Pacific Ocean. Politically, they are divided into two groups: Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), an indepedent state and American Samoa, a territory of the USA....

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The lost caravel re-explored  by Robert Langdon

The lost caravel re-explored

Robert Langdon

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"It is the year 1526. The four ships of the Loaisa expedition have just entered the Pacific from the Strait of Magellan on their way to the East Indies for a cargo of spices. A storm blows up. The ships are separated. One, the caravel San Lesmes with...

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Life at the edge of sight  by Scott Chimileski

Life at the edge of sight

Scott Chimileski

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This stunning photographic essay opens a new frontier for readers to explore through words and images. Microbial studies have clarified life's origins on Earth, explained the functioning of ecosystems, and improved both crop yields and human health. Scott...

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Biology

Biology

Book

Here is the essential guide to biology, an authoritative reference book and timeline that examines how we have uncovered the secrets of life - the most complex process in the Universe. From the workings of molecules to the way entire oceans or continents...

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National Geographic field guide to the birds of North America

National Geographic field guide to the birds of North America

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Presents a guidebook which provides identification tips, information on behavior and nesting, locator and range maps, and plumage and species classification data on over one thousand species of birds found in North America.

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American wolf  by Nate Blakeslee

American wolf

Nate Blakeslee

Book

"The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her. Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near...

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Birdmania  by Bernd Brunner

Birdmania

Bernd Brunner

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"There is no denying that many people are crazy for birds. Packed with intriguing facts and exquisite and rare artwork, Birdmania showcases an eclectic and fascinating selection of bird devotees who would do anything for their feathered friends. In addition...

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Coyote America  by Dan L. (Dan Louie) Flores

Coyote America

Dan L. (Dan Louie) Flores

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"With its uncanny night howls, unrivaled ingenuity, and amazing resilience, the coyote is the stuff of legends. In Indian folktales it often appears as a deceptive trickster or a sly genius. But legends don't come close to capturing the incredible survival...

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The forest unseen  by David George Haskell

The forest unseen

David George Haskell

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"Written with remarkable grace and empathy, The Forest Unseen is a grand tour of nature in all its profundity. Biologist David George Haskell uses a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting...

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The greatest show on earth  by Richard Dawkins

The greatest show on earth

Richard Dawkins

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In 'The Greatest Show on Earth' Richard Dawkins takes on creationists, including followers of Intelligent Design and all those who question the fact of evolution through natural selection.

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Darwin's backyard  by James T. Costa

Darwin's backyard

James T. Costa

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"James T. Costa takes readers on a journey from Darwin's childhood through his voyage on the HMS Beagle where his ideas on evolution began. We then follow Darwin to Down House, his bustling home of forty years, where he kept porcupine quills at his desk...

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A naturalist's guide to the birds of Singapore  by Ding Li Yong

A naturalist's guide to the birds of Singapore

Ding Li Yong

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"A photographic identification guide to the 280 bird species most commonly seen in Singapore. High quality photographs from Singapore’s top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, size, distribution,...

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Hippopotamus  by Edgar Mark Williams

Hippopotamus

Edgar Mark Williams

Book

"Hippos are well-loved, cumbersome, rotund mammals famous for lounging, semi-submerged in muddy pools. Gregarious herbivores, they emerge after dusk from the water into the cool night air to graze on grass and plants before returning to the water at...

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Great British birding experiences  by Dan Brown

Great British birding experiences

Dan Brown

Book

"Until now there has not been a book available which explores the best birding experiences that the UK has to offer. Expert birder Dan Brown knows exactly what makes other people with an interest in birds tick - whether it is watching a single charismatic...

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Raptors  by Traer Scott

Raptors

Traer Scott

Book

"This fascinating and dramatic collection of portraits reveals birds of prey as we rarely experience them: intimate and up close, photographed in Traer Scott's signature style, twenty-eight different species are represented, from the familiar to the exotic...

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Joseph Banks' Florilegium  by Joseph Banks

Joseph Banks' Florilegium

Joseph Banks

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"Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage around the world from 1768 to 1771. A gifted and wealthy young naturalist, Banks collected exotic flora from Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia, and...

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Evolution  by Donald R. Prothero

Evolution

Donald R. Prothero

Book

An entertaining and rigorous history of the transitional forms and series found in the fossil record. Its engaging narrative of scientific discovery and well-grounded analysis has led to the book's widespread adoption in courses that teach the nature...

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Heredity  by John Waller

Heredity

John Waller

Book

The concept of heredity is fundamental to how we see ourselves and others. It goes far beyond the obvious continuity of physical traits across generations. We routinely ascribe similarities in personality, intellect, outlook, and aptitude between family...

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