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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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The wisdom of wolves  by Elli H. Radinger

The wisdom of wolves

Elli H. Radinger

Book

Love your family, care for your those around you, never give up and always find time to have fun -- these are the golden rules of wolves. These remarkably intelligent animals take empathetic care of their old and injured, bring up their young lovingly...

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Out there  by Michael (Biologist) Wall

Out there

Michael (Biologist) Wall

Book

"We've all asked ourselves the question. It's impossible to look up at the stars and NOT think about it: Are we alone in the universe? Books, movies and television shows proliferate that attempt to answer this question and explore it. In OUT THERE Sp...

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A history of trees  by Simon Wills

A history of trees

Simon Wills

Book

"Have you ever wondered how trees got their names? What did our ancestors think about trees, and how were they used in the past? This fascinating book will answer many of your questions, but also reveal interesting stories that are not widely known. ...

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Return of the grizzly  by Cat Urbigkit

Return of the grizzly

Cat Urbigkit

Book

"The Yellowstone grizzly population has grown from an estimated 136 bears when first granted federal protection as a threatened species to as many as 1,000 grizzlies in a tri-state region today. No longer limited to remote wilderness areas, grizzlies...

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Primate change  by Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Primate change

Vybarr Cregan-Reid

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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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Rewild yourself  by Simon Barnes

Rewild yourself

Simon Barnes

Book

We're not just losing the wild world. We're forgetting it. We're no longer noticing it. We've lost the habit of looking and seeing and listening and hearing. But we can make hidden things visible, and this book features 23 spells that will bring the magic...

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30-second biology

30-second biology

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"30-Second Biology tackles the vital science of life, dissecting the 50 most thought-provoking theories of our ecosystem and ourselves. At a time when discoveries in DNA allow us to feel more connected than ever to the natural world, this is the fastest...

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The tales teeth tell  by Tanya M. Smith

The tales teeth tell

Tanya M. Smith

Book

"Why do anthropologists study teeth? Teeth contain detailed records of growth, health, and diet, as well as our evolutionary history. So what are the tales teeth tell? The French naturalist George Cuvier famously remarked, "Show me your teeth and I will...

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The empire of the eagle  by Mike Unwin

The empire of the eagle

Mike Unwin

Book

Eagles hold a unique allure among birds for their combination of power, grace, and predatory prowess. Captivating the human imagination, these raptors have symbolized pride, freedom, and independence of spirit since humankind's earliest times. This b...

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Atlas of poetic botany  by Francis Hallé

Atlas of poetic botany

Francis Hallé

Book

"Botanical encounters in the rainforest: trees that walk, a leaf as big as an awning, a plant that dances. This Atlas invites the reader to tour the farthest reaches of the rainforest in search of exotic―poetic―plant life. Guided in these botanical ...

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Bird brain  by Tim Appleton

Bird brain

Tim Appleton

Book

"An ornithological quiz book packed with challenging questions for birders, based on the popular `Bird Brain of Britain' contest at the annual BirdFair. The British Birdwatching Fair, held every August at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, attracts over 3...

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Mindful thoughts for birdwatchers  by Adam Ford

Mindful thoughts for birdwatchers

Adam Ford

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Noticing and appreciating the awesome nature of birdlife is a spiritually affirming activity-reconnecting us to the natural world each and every day. Mindful Thoughts for Birdwatchers presents a meaningful flock of enriching thoughts on the interconn...

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The tangled tree  by David Quammen

The tangled tree

David Quammen

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Ever since Darwin, we have used the metaphor of the 'tree of life' to explain evolution, but this metaphor no longer holds up. Genes don't just move vertically, they can also pass laterally across species boundaries, known as 'horizontal gene transfer'...

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End of the megafauna  by R. D. E. MacPhee

End of the megafauna

R. D. E. MacPhee

Book

"The fascinating lives and puzzling demise of some of the largest animals on earth. Until a few thousand years ago, creatures that could have been from a sci-fi thriller--including gorilla-sized lemurs, 800-pound birds, crocodiles that weighed a ton ...

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Power, sex, suicide  by Nick Lane

Power, sex, suicide

Nick Lane

Book

Mitochondria are tiny structures within all our cells, believed to have once evolved from bacteria living independent lives. Drawing on cutting edge research, this book explores the fundamental role they play in some of the biggest themes in biology:...

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Navigators & naturalists  by Mike (Politician) Lee

Navigators & naturalists

Mike (Politician) Lee

Book

"As historian James Belich put it: ̀There is little doubt that Cook has been emphasised to the unfair exclusion of the massive French contribution to European knowledge of New Zealand.' This book seeks to redress this balance, drawing in the main on ...

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Darwin's most wonderful plants  by Ken Thompson

Darwin's most wonderful plants

Ken Thompson

Book

"Most of us think of Darwin at work on The Beagle, taking inspiration for his theory of evolution from his travels in the Galapagos. But Darwin published his Origin of Species nearly thirty years after his voyages and most of his labours in that time...

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Did you just eat that?  by Paul L. Dawson

Did you just eat that?

Paul L. Dawson

Book

"A rollicking yet rigorous inquiry that follows the science of germs into the kitchen, restaurant, and everywhere else you eat and drink. Have you ever dropped a chip on the ground, picked it up after five seconds--then eaten it? Or debated which spreads...

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Brief life of flowers  by Fiona J Stafford

Brief life of flowers

Fiona J Stafford

Book

"The Brief Life of Flowers is an ode to the flowers that fill our countrysides, our woodlands and our homes. Part nature writing, part memoir, Fiona Stafford explores Britain's flora, as well as the literature and lore that surrounds it. From snowdrops...

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The wolf within  by Bryan Sykes

The wolf within

Bryan Sykes

Book

The genetic history of the dog is a sensational example of the co-evolution of two species, man and wolf, to each other's mutual benefit. But how did this ancient partnership begin? To answer this question, Professor Bryan Sykes identifies tantalising...

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Discovering retroviruses  by Anna M. Skalka

Discovering retroviruses

Anna M. Skalka

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When invading a host cell, viruses seize cell machinery to make copies of their own genes. The immune system recognizes the invasion. In contrast, retroviruses colonize host cells through the process of reverse transcriptase. Retroviruses open host cell...

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Rainforest trees and shrubs  by Gwen J. (Gwen Jean) Harden

Rainforest trees and shrubs

Gwen J. (Gwen Jean) Harden

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A field guide to the rainforest tree and shrubs of Victoria, New South Wales and Victoria using vegetative characters. A second edition of the book published in 2006, which was an update of the "Red Book", first published in 1984.

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Never home alone  by Rob R. Dunn

Never home alone

Rob R. Dunn

Book

A natural history of the wilderness in our homes, from the microbes in our showers to the crickets in our basements.

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A year with nature  by Martha L. Crump

A year with nature

Martha L. Crump

Book

A bedside book for nature lovers, this gathers science and lore, natural history and wit and wisdom, into a day-by-day wander through the year.

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Native New Zealand flowering plants  by John T. (John Tenison) Salmon

Native New Zealand flowering plants

John T. (John Tenison) Salmon

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"Native New Zealand Flowering Plants is a comprehensive guide to New Zealand's richly diverse and exceptionally beautiful array of flowing plants. Over 600 species are included - from well-known and often cultivated trees and shrubs such as pohutukawas...

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Reptiles and amphibians of New Zealand  by Dylan Van Winkel

Reptiles and amphibians of New Zealand

Dylan Van Winkel

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"Definitive field guide to all of New Zealand's tuatara, geckos, skinks, frogs, marine turtles and marine snakes"--Publisher information.

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Biotensegrity  by Graham Scarr

Biotensegrity

Graham Scarr

Book

"An appreciation of the 'fascial' network in health and disease has been an integral part of osteopathic practice for more than a century, but it is only recently that the details of its structure have been recognized. Tom Myers described a system of...

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Rare & wonderful

Rare & wonderful

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"Since its foundation in 1860, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History's world-renowned collections have become a key centre for scientific study and its much-loved building an important icon for visitors from around the world.0The museum now...

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The delightful horror of family birding  by Eli J. Knapp

The delightful horror of family birding

Eli J. Knapp

Book

"From the mating grounds of Ecuador's cock-of-the-rock to the phoebe nest outside his suburban back door, Eli J. Knapp explores the roller-coaster ride of sharing Nature with the next generation. Along the way, he laughs at misfortune, marvels at Nat...

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Richness of martens  by Polly Pullar

Richness of martens

Polly Pullar

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"Polly Pullar saw her first pine marten during her childhood in Ardnamurchan - a remote, wild area of the Scottish Highlands. Then exceedingly rare, this ... member of the weasel family had been persecuted to near extinction. Years later, as the mart...

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Birdstories  by Geoff Norman

Birdstories

Geoff Norman

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"Kiwi, kākāpō, takahē, moa, tūī – these birds, and many others, are unique to Aotearoa New Zealand, and famous throughout the world. It was the 1873 publication of Walter Buller’s A History of the Birds of New Zealand that introduced overseas readers...

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Life on earth  by David Attenborough

Life on earth

David Attenborough

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A new, beautifully illustrated edition of David Attenborough's groundbreaking Life on Earth. David Attenborough's meeting with gorillas was one of the most unforgettable moments for millions of television viewers. With Life on Earth, Attenborough created...

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Octopus, squid & cuttlefish  by Roger T. Hanlon

Octopus, squid & cuttlefish

Roger T. Hanlon

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"Largely shell-less relatives of clams and snails, the marine mollusks in the class Cephalopoda--Greek for head-foot --are colorful creatures of many-armed dexterity, often inky self-defense, and highly evolved cognition. They are capable of learning,...

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Bat  by Tessa Laird

Bat

Tessa Laird

Book

"Bats have been misunderstood and maligned in the West for centuries. Unfair associations with demons have seen their leathery wings adorn numerous evil characters, from the Devil to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But these amazing animals are ecological sup...

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A naturalist's guide to the flowers of Sri Lanka  by Darshani Singhalage

A naturalist's guide to the flowers of Sri Lanka

Darshani Singhalage

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"Written by experts with extensive local knowledge, each volume features 100 -280 species that the amateur naturalist might expect to see in the field, with high quality photographs accompanied by detailed species descriptions that include common nam...

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New Zealand birds in pictures  by Kimball Chen

New Zealand birds in pictures

Kimball Chen

Book

"From the barely-visible wings of the flightless kiwi to the immense wingspan of the wandering albatross, New Zealand's fragile island ecosystem is home to a diverse array of spectacular birds. Delve into the fascinating world of our feathered friends...

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Weird plants  by Chris Thorogood

Weird plants

Chris Thorogood

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"For the first time, this extraordinary compilation showcases weird, mysterious and bizarre plants from around the world. Plants trick, kill, steal and kidnap, and this unique book explores a fascinating world in which plants have turned the tables on...

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Wonderful weeds and various varmints  by Bob (General surgeon) Collier

Wonderful weeds and various varmints

Bob (General surgeon) Collier

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"Immersed in a world of sprawling concrete and hyper-advancing technology, we can begin to see the natural landscape as a thing of the past. All the more reason, suggests Bob Collier, a self-professed nature lover, to set out on the often- unrecognized...

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Through a glass brightly  by David P. Barash

Through a glass brightly

David P. Barash

Book

"Human beings are important, especially to themselves! But as science advances, it has become increasingly clear that we are less special and more natural than many people have long believed. This book shows how, as we finally look at ourselves honestly...

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Europe  by Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof) Flannery

Europe

Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof) Flannery

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It is hard to overstate just how unusual Europe was towards the end of the age of the dinosaurs. It was a dynamic island arc whose individual landmasses were made up of diverse geological types, including ancient continental fragments, raised segments...

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Underbug  by Lisa Margonelli

Underbug

Lisa Margonelli

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"Are we more like termites than we ever imagined? In Underbug, the award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli introduces us to the enigmatic creatures that collectively outweigh human beings ten to one and consume $40 billion worth of valuable stuff an...

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