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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.

A new reality  by Jonas Salk

A new reality

Jonas Salk

"A new reality: human evolution for a sustainable future provides a startling, fresh new message of understanding, perspective and hope for today's tense, rapid-fire, kaleidoscopically changing world. Drawn from the writings of visionary scientist Jonas...

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Spying on whales by Nick Pyenson

Spying on whales

Nick Pyenson

"Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. We have hunted them for thousands of years and scratched their icons into our mythologies. ... In this ... book ... Nick Ryenson takes us to the...

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Ground truth  by Mark L. Hineline

Ground truth

Mark L. Hineline

"We know that the Earth's climate is changing and that the magnitude of this change is colossal. At the same time, the world outside is still a natural world, and one we can experience on a granular level every day. [This book] is a guide to living in...

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An elephant in my kitchen  by Françoise Malby-Anthony

An elephant in my kitchen

Françoise Malby-Anthony

"Françoise never expected to find herself responsible for a herd of elephants with a troubled past. A chic Parisienne, her life changed forever when she fell in love with South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony. Together they founded a game reserve...

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BUZZ  by Thor Hanson


Thor Hanson

"From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters and maons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies and aour very existence. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers and as much as a third...

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New Zealand lichens  by W. M. (William McLagan) Malcolm

New Zealand lichens

W. M. (William McLagan) Malcolm

"Fungi can't make their own food. They survive only because they've evolved ways of getting food from other creatures. Some of them take on algal and bacterial partners that can make food by trapping sunlight. That "life style" is called a lichen. Of...

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Darwin comes to town  by Menno Schilthuizen

Darwin comes to town

Menno Schilthuizen

We are marching towards a future in which three-quarters of humans live in cities, more than half of the landmass of the planet is urbanized, and the rest is covered by farms, pasture, and plantations. Increasingly, as we become ever more city-centric,...

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Genetics  by Adam Rutherford


Adam Rutherford

Genetics is a clear, simple and entertaining introduction to the simple code that determines the fate of all living things - DNA. Written by broadcaster and geneticist Adam Rutherford, Genetics breaks down the DNA code - an alphabet of four letters a...

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Mrs Moreau's warbler  by Stephen 1960- author. Moss

Mrs Moreau's warbler

Stephen 1960- author. Moss

"We use names so often, and with such little thought, that we often forget to pause and wonder about their origins. What do they mean? Where did they come from? And who originally created them? Since the dawn of mankind we have been driven by a primordial...

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A forest in the clouds  by John (John Daniel) Fowler

A forest in the clouds

John (John Daniel) Fowler

A zoologist's portrait of Dr. Dian Fossey's remarkable mountain gorilla camp documents the story of the controversial unraveling of the Rwandan facility after Fossey's murder and the author's contributions to tracking mountain gorillas through hostile...

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Zebra  by Christopher Plumb


Christopher Plumb

Common and exotic, glamorous and ferocious, sociable and sullen: zebras mean many things to many people. The extraordinary beauty of their striped coats makes them one of the world's most recognizable animals. They have been immortalized in paint by ...

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Plants that kill  by Elizabeth A. Dauncey

Plants that kill

Elizabeth A. Dauncey

Plants That Kill is not a field guide, clinical care manual, or pharmacology textbook-it is a fascinating and beautifully presented natural history of the world's most poisonous plants, the extraordinary strategies they employ for survival, and the i...

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Big cats in the wild  by Joe McDonald

Big cats in the wild

Joe McDonald

"Joe and Mary Ann McDonald have traveled the world for over thirty years, creating incredible images of breathtaking places and the incredible creatures that inhabit them. In this book, they have collected over two hundred of their favorite images of...

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Call of nature  by Richard Jones

Call of nature

Richard Jones

Journey through the digestive systems of humans, farm and wild animals, and meet some of nature's ultimate recyclers as they eat, breed in and compete for dung. The fall of bodily waste onto the ground is the start of a race against the clock as a multitude...

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Panda nation  by E. Elena Songster

Panda nation

E. Elena Songster

Panda Nation demonstrates how the giant panda's transformation from an obscure animal into a national treasure reflects China's efforts to distinguish itself as a nation. Through government-directed science and popular nationalism, the story of the p...

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American Eden  by Victoria Johnson

American Eden

Victoria Johnson

"When Dr. David Hosack tilled the country's first botanical garden in the Manhattan soil more than two hundred years ago, he didn't just dramatically alter the New York landscape; he left a monumental legacy of advocacy for public health and wide-ran...

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The wood  by John Lewis-Stempel

The wood

John Lewis-Stempel

"This is the story of one wood, representative of all the small woods of our landscape and of the sanctuary they provide. From January through to December, John Lewis-Stempel records the passage of the seasons in exquisite, lyric prose, as the cuckoo...

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Why do birds suddenly disappear?  by Lev Parikian

Why do birds suddenly disappear?

Lev Parikian

At twelve years old, Lev Parikian was an avid birdwatcher. He was also a fraud, a liar and a cheat. Those lists of birds seen and ticked off? Lies. One hundred and thirty species? More like sixty.Then, when he turned fifty, he decided to right his ch...

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The hunters  by Debbie Stewart

The hunters

Debbie Stewart

"Hovering hawks, swooping falcons and softly calling morepork. A close look at the predatory birds of New Zealand - many of them endangered. From an extinct giant eagle and an owl that sounded like the devil, to the morepork we hear calling at night,...

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Orca  by Jason M. (Jason Michael) Colby


Jason M. (Jason Michael) Colby

"Since the release of the documentary Blackfish in 2013, millions around the world have focused on the plight of the orca, the most profitable and controversial display animal in history. Yet, until now, no historical account has explained how we came...

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Asia's wildlife  by Fanny Lai

Asia's wildlife

Fanny Lai

Come on a year-long photographic journey to the most remote and biodiverse forests in eight different countries in Asia and learn about rarely seen, let alone photographed, endangered animal species. Produced to raise funds and awareness of nature co...

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She has her mother's laugh  by Carl Zimmer

She has her mother's laugh

Carl Zimmer

Presents a history of the human understanding of heredity and how it has shaped society, chronicling the transitions brought about by genetic research and making predictions about how evolving understandings are likely to impact the future.

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Almost human  by Shirley C. (Shirley Carol) Strum

Almost human

Shirley C. (Shirley Carol) Strum

"An entertaining and readable account of what life is like, not only for baboons, but those who watch them...." --Publisher description.

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Wild arum  by Lynden Swift

Wild arum

Lynden Swift

"Wild Arum. The most mysterious, stylish and sexual plant that you will ever meet. 'A Crafty & Malignant Antediluvian Vegetable' is how Arum was described by the Victorians and no wonder. This is a plant which is said to induce 'insatiable sexual desire'...

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The curious life of krill  by Stephen Nicol

The curious life of krill

Stephen Nicol

"Scientists say they are one of most abundant animals on the planet. But when pressed, few people can accurately describe krill or explain their ecological importance. Antarctic krill have used their extraordinary adaptive skills to survive and thrive...

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A shadow above  by Joe Shute

A shadow above

Joe Shute

"For millennia, we have tried to explain ourselves using the raven as a symbol. It occupies a unique place in British history and has left an indelible mark on our cultural landscape. The raven's hulking black shape has come to represent many things:...

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Birds in the ancient world  by Jeremy Mynott

Birds in the ancient world

Jeremy Mynott

"Using quotations from well over a hundred ... Greek and Roman authors, all of them translated freshly into English, and nearly a hundred illustrations from ancient wall-paintings, pottery and mosaics, [this book] illustrates themany different roles ...

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The art of naming  by Michael Ohl

The art of naming

Michael Ohl

"Tyrannosaurus rex. Homo sapiens. Heteropoda davidbowie. Behind each act of scientific naming is a story. In this entertaining and illuminating book, Michael Ohl considers scientific naming as a joyful and creative act. There are about 1.8 million di...

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Darwin's evolving identity  by Alistair William Sponsel

Darwin's evolving identity

Alistair William Sponsel

"Why--against his mentor's exhortations to publish--did Charles Darwin take twenty years to reveal his theory of evolution by natural selection? In Darwin's Evolving Identity, Alistair Sponsel argues that Darwin adopted this cautious approach to atone...

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Belonging on an island  by Daniel Lewis

Belonging on an island

Daniel Lewis

This natural history takes readers on a thousand-year journey as it explores the Hawaiian Islands' beautiful birds and a variety of topics including extinction, survival, conservationists and their work, and, most significantly, the concept of belong...

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Feats of strength  by Simon Lailvaux

Feats of strength

Simon Lailvaux

A fascinating exploration of the extreme world of animal athletics, how these stunning abilities have evolved, and their insights into human performance and evolution How is it that fish can climb waterfalls, snakes glide, and cheetahs run so fast? Natural...

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Bald eagles in the wild  by Jeffrey Rich

Bald eagles in the wild

Jeffrey Rich

"Discover the habitats and characteristics of America's national bird. Wildlife biologist and pro photographer Jeffrey Rich has made it his life's work to chronicle the bald eagle and this remarkable raptor's story. In this book, readers will enjoy.....

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The great silence  by Milan M. Ćirković

The great silence

Milan M. Ćirković

The Great Silence explores the multifaceted problem named after the great Italian physicist Enrico Fermi and his legendary 1950 lunchtime question "Where is everybody?" In many respects, Fermi's paradox is the richest and the most challenging problem...

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After extinction

After extinction

"After Extinction looks at the future of humans and nonhumans, exploring how the scale of risk posed by extinction has changed in light of the accelerated networks of the twentyfirst century. Considering extinction as a cultural, artistic, media and ...

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Crow  by Boria Sax


Boria Sax

This classic Reaktion title, now available in B-format, is a survey of crows, ravens, magpies and their relatives in myth, literature and life. It ranges from the raven sent out by Noah to the corvid deities of the Eskimo, to Taoist legends, Victorian...

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Wild family  by Bhagavan Antle

Wild family

Bhagavan Antle

"Take a wild ride with the Myrtle Beach Safari and witness the heartwarming interspecies friendships created there. Wild Family reminds us that friendships aren't just for humans. When the struggles of living in the wild are removed, all kinds of animals...

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Cosmic womb  by Chandra Wickramasinghe

Cosmic womb

Chandra Wickramasinghe

"All ancient cultures link humanity’s origins to the heavens. The Egyptians, for example, were adamant that their ancestors came from the stars of Orion and Sirius. Today, however, religion and science assert that life arose spontaneously here on Earth....

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Orchids of Europe  by Henrik Ærenlund Pedersen

Orchids of Europe

Henrik Ærenlund Pedersen

A beautiful, richly illustrated book on Europe's wild orchids - perhaps the most enigmatic and popular group in the botanical world. It is the result of a collaboration between two prominent experts: the illustrator Bo Mossberg and the author, botanist...

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Our native bees  by Paige Embry

Our native bees

Paige Embry

"Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—an endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Paige...

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The aliens among us  by Leslie Anthony

The aliens among us

Leslie Anthony

"A thoughtful, accessible look at the rapidly growing issue of invasive plants, animals, and microbes around the globe with a focus on the scientific issues and ecological, health, and other challenges. From an award-winning adventure and science jou...

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Visual voyages  by Daniela Bleichmar

Visual voyages

Daniela Bleichmar

From the voyages of Christopher Columbus to those of Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin, the depiction of the natural world played a central role in shaping how people on both sides of the Atlantic understood and imaged the region we now know as...

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Gulls of the world  by Klaus Malling Olsen

Gulls of the world

Klaus Malling Olsen

The definitive photographic guide to gull identification - the sternest challenge in birding

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The owl book  by Jane Russ

The owl book

Jane Russ

The Owl Book, with its stunning photography and fascinating facts, is a must-have for all owl lovers, featuring details of the life cycle and the differences between the many species of owl. Just as in the best-selling title The Hare book, there is a...

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Rainforest  by Tony 1960- author. Juniper


Tony 1960- author. Juniper

Rainforests are the lungs of our planet - regulators of the earth's temperature and weather. They are also home to 50 per cent of the world's animals and plants - which for centuries have been the source of many of our key medicines. And yet we've all...

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Eye of the shoal  by Helen Scales

Eye of the shoal

Helen Scales

"There's something about fish that leaves a cold, slimy whiff in many people's minds. Either that, or fish are simply 'food'; catching fish to eat is so deeply ingrained that we fish for fish, but we don't pigeon a pigeon or deer a deer. It's difficult...

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Curlew moon  by Mary Colwell

Curlew moon

Mary Colwell

Curlews are the UK's largest wading bird, about the size of a herring gull on long legs. They are particularly known for their evocative calls which embody wild places; they provoke a range of emotions that many have expressed in poetry, art and musi...

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Penguins in the desert  by Eric Loudon Wagner

Penguins in the desert

Eric Loudon Wagner

"Every year, hundreds of thousands of Magellanic penguins gather to breed at Punta Tombo, Argentina, along a windswept edge of the Patagonian desert, and for more than three decades, biologist Dee Boersma has joined them. Penguins in the Desert follows...

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Wild moms  by Carin Bondar

Wild moms

Carin Bondar

"Being a mom is a tough job--but imagine doing it in the jungle or out on the safari, faced by the ravages of the elements, a scarcity of resources and the threat of predators prowling at all times of the day and night. In Wild Moms, Dr. Carin Bondar...

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Orchid summer  by Jon (Conservationist) Dunn

Orchid summer

Jon (Conservationist) Dunn

From the chalk downs of the south coast of England to the heathery moorland of the Shetland Isles, and from the holy island of Lindisfarne in the east to the Atlantic frontier of western Ireland, Orchid Summer is a journey into Britain and Ireland's ...

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The vulgar wasp  by Phil Lester

The vulgar wasp

Phil Lester

"They're ranked one of the world's worst invasive species. They're often described as pure evil. People use petrol bombs, flamethrowers and shotguns on them in acts of vengeance. Wasps are feared and hated by many of us, with good reason - they sting....

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Wonderland  by Brett Westwood


Brett Westwood

"From encounters with the curious black redstart, which winters on our rocky coasts, to the tiny green snowdrop shoots that are the first sign that spring might be round the corner. And from the blossom-time and dawn choruses of April and May into the...

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Understanding animal behavior  by Rory Putman

Understanding animal behavior

Rory Putman

"This accessible introduction to animal behaviour provides an authoritative yet reader-friendly guide for the interested naturalist. It presents current knowledge about the way animals behave and will enable the reader to derive more pleasure from th...

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Large mammals of the Rocky Mountains  by Jack (Jack Clayton) Ballard

Large mammals of the Rocky Mountains

Jack (Jack Clayton) Ballard

"This is the ultimate guide to big mammals of the Rocky Mountains-Elk, Grizzly Bears, Wolves, Bison, Black Bears, Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Lions, and Whitetail Deer. This book offers up substantive yet easily digestible information on these big...

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The long spring  by Laurence Rose

The long spring

Laurence Rose

"Exploring Europe's remarkable heritage of exceptional places and the wildlife, traditions and people associated with them, in February 2016 Laurence Rose crossed the Mediterranean from North Africa and set off on a series of journeys northwards towards...

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Winter birds  by Lars Jonsson

Winter birds

Lars Jonsson

In this stunning book, Lars Jonsson celebrates and explores the beauty of the birds that surround him during the Swedish winter months. Inspired by the desolate, wintry landscapes, the dazzling light and the stark contract of colours he observes against...

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The blackbird diaries  by Karen (Writer of The gathering tide) Lloyd

The blackbird diaries

Karen (Writer of The gathering tide)...

"With its enchanting song, striking orange bill and endearing willingness to share our living space, the blackbird is one of our best-loved birds. But robins, swifts, goldfinches and blue tits can captivate us equally and, in The Blackbird Diaries, Karen...

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Who we are and how we got here  by David (Of Harvard Medical School) Reich

Who we are and how we got here

David (Of Harvard Medical School) R...

"David Reich describes how the revolution in the ability to sequence ancient DNA has changed our understanding of the deep human past. This book tells the emerging story of our often surprising ancestry - the extraordinary ancient migrations and mixtures...

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Darwin's fossils  by Adrian Lister

Darwin's fossils

Adrian Lister

"Darwin's Fossils is an accessible account of Darwin's pioneering work on fossils, his adventures in South America, and his relationship with the scientific establishment. While Darwin's research on Galápagos finches is celebrated, his work on fossils...

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Here are the best stories about our avian friends from the public radio show BirdNote, each brief essay illuminating the life, habits, or songs of a particular bird. Why do geese fly in a V-formation? Why are worms so good for you--if you're a robin?...

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The wisdom of wolves  by Jim Dutcher

The wisdom of wolves

Jim Dutcher

"From the world-famous couple who lived alongside a three-generation wolf pack, this book of inspiration, drawn from the wild, will fascinate animal and nature lovers alike. For six years Jim and Jamie Dutcher lived intimately with a pack of wolves, ...

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Pandora's garden  by Clinton Crockett Peters

Pandora's garden

Clinton Crockett Peters

Pandora's Garden profiles invasive or unwanted species in the natural world and examines how our treatment of these creatures sometimes parallels in surprising ways how we treat each other. Part essay, part nature writing, part narrative nonfiction, ...

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Human origins

Human origins

"Homop sapiens is the most successful and the most influential specials ever to walk the Earth. In the blink of an evolutionary eye we have spread around the globe, taken control of Earth's biological and mineral resources, transformed the environmen...

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Parrots of the world  by Steve Brookes

Parrots of the world

Steve Brookes

Parrots have always captured the imagination of humans thanks to their bright plumage and ability to mimic speech. This beautifully illustrated book on the world's parrots explores all aspects of their lives, as well as the various parrot families, a...

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Lion hearted  by Andrew J. Loveridge

Lion hearted

Andrew J. Loveridge

In 2015, an American hunter named Walter Palmer shot and killed a lion named Cecil. The lion was one of dozens slain each year in Zimbabwe, which legally licenses the hunting of big cats. But Cecil's death sparked unprecedented global outrage, igniti...

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Microbia  by Eugenia Bone


Eugenia Bone

"Set against a backdrop of [the author's] misadventures in academia, [this work] explores what microbes are and how they live and compares the microbiomes of soil, plants, animals (that includes us), and places, explaining such things as the wrongheadedness...

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Antarctica  by Tony Soper


Tony Soper

Updated throughout, the 7th edition of Bradt's Antarctica: a Guide to Wildlife is the most practical guide to the flora and fauna available for those 'going south'. Celebrating the amazing and often unique species of this spectacular environment, the...

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Brave new Arctic  by Mark C. Serreze

Brave new Arctic

Mark C. Serreze

In the 1990s, researchers in the Arctic noticed that floating summer sea ice had begun receding. This was accompanied by shifts in ocean circulation and unexpected changes in weather patterns throughout the world. The Arctic's perennially frozen ground,...

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The real wolf  by Ted B. Lyon

The real wolf

Ted B. Lyon

"A comprehensive look at one of the most controversial predators in North America. The Real Wolf is an in-depth study of the impact that wolves have had on big game and livestock populations as a federally protected species. Expert authors Ted B. Lyon...

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Mighty mito  by Susanne Bennett

Mighty mito

Susanne Bennett

"Ever wonder why toddlers and preschoolers run around with endless energy, and you're ready to fall asleep just watching them? Finally, Dr. Susanne Bennett, has the answer! And it all has to do with the mighty mitochondria-that subcellular organelle that...

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Owl sense  by Miriam Darlington

Owl sense

Miriam Darlington

"'Her softness took my breath away. Deadly beauty. She turned her face towards me. The owl's massive facial disc produces a funnel for sound that is the most effective in the animal kingdom'. Owls have captivated the human imagination for millennia. We...

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Genomics  by John M. Archibald


John M. Archibald

Genomics has transformed the biological sciences. From epidemiology and medicine to evolution and forensics, the ability to determine an organism's complete genetic makeup has changed the way science is done and the questions that can be asked of it....

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Return of the sea otter  by Todd McLeish

Return of the sea otter

Todd McLeish

Presents a science journalist's journey along the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska to track the status, health, habits, personality, and viability of sea otters--the appealing species unique to this coastline that was hunted to near extinction...

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The gene  by Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

The gene

Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

Few concepts played a more important role in twentieth-century life sciences than that of the gene. Yet at this moment, the field of genetics is undergoing radical conceptual transformation, and some scientists are questioning the very usefulness of ...

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Wildlife of the Arctic  by Richard Sale

Wildlife of the Arctic

Richard Sale

This book celebrates the Arctic, exploring the natural history that has so inspired generations. Early travellers to the Arctic brought back tales of amazing creatures and of the endurance required of visitors, the Arctic becoming a land of inspiration...

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The birds at my table  by Darryl N. Jones

The birds at my table

Darryl N. Jones

"Discusses the history and scale of feeding wild birds. Outlines debates about the practice, highlighting key research findings and pointing out the issues that require further examination. Written in nontechnical language, thus making it accessible to...

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Blossoms  by Maxine Singer


Maxine Singer

Flowers evolved to attract pollinators, so new generations of plant can form. But how do plants know when to bloom, and how do they construct their flowers? This book describes what we have learnt of the astonishing genetic and epigenetic processes behind...

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