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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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Feeding the birds at your table  by Darryl N. Jones

Feeding the birds at your table

Darryl N. Jones

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Feeding the Birds at Your Table is designed to provide detailed, comprehensive advice and suggestions for people wishing to feed wild birds in Australia from their own backyards and balconies. Millions of Australians feed wild birds in their gardens....

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A history of plants in 50 fossils  by Paul Kenrick

A history of plants in 50 fossils

Paul Kenrick

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This is the story of plant life on Earth, uniquely retold through a remarkable record of spectacular fossils. Palaeobotanist Paul Kenrick explains the importance of each fossil and how it marks a crucial inflection point in plant evolution. Each discovery...

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Turning the boat for home  by Richard Mabey

Turning the boat for home

Richard Mabey

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Britain's most-influential nature writer reflects on a lifetime of close observation and celebrates the positive force of the natural world. From the rediscovery of foraging that led to Food for Free, through his groundbreaking expeditions in the 'ed...

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The seafarers  by Stephen Rutt

The seafarers

Stephen Rutt

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The British Isles are remarkable for the extraordinary diversity of seabird life that they support: spectacular colonies of charismatic Arctic terns, elegant fulmars and stoic eiders, to name just a few. Often found in the most remote and dramatic reaches...

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Packing for Mars  by Mary Roach

Packing for Mars

Mary Roach

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The author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration...

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Ingenious  by Peter D. Gluckman

Ingenious

Peter D. Gluckman

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Evolution is the process by which species adapt over time to their environments. The tricky part about human evolution is that, as technology builders, we have the power to alter our environments--and even build new, unprecedented conditions in which...

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Genetics  by T. R. (Tara Rodden) Robinson

Genetics

T. R. (Tara Rodden) Robinson

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Are you a student of the sciences? Into research? Curious about how genetics affects your life? Then this book is for you! Here's a no-nonsense guide to help you understand genetics without boggling your mind. Get an overview of the basics, including...

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30-second zoology

30-second zoology

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Covering everything from the origins of life and the most basic of organisms, all the way through to the more complex creatures that we recognise today, 30-Second Zoology aims to showcase the most fantastic examples of life on our earth, all in 300 words...

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New Zealand seaweeds  by W. A. (Wendy A.) Nelson

New Zealand seaweeds

W. A. (Wendy A.) Nelson

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"This fully revised edition of the first ever photographic identification guide to New Zealand’s unique marine algae is by the country’s pre-eminent seaweed expert, Dr Wendy Nelson. New Zealand Seaweeds: An Illustrated Guide describes over 150 genera...

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Plant names  by Roger Spencer

Plant names

Roger Spencer

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"Plant Names" is a plain English guide to the use of plant names and the conventions for writing them as governed by the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants and the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants....

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The story of trees  by Kevin Hobbs

The story of trees

Kevin Hobbs

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The Story of Trees takes the reader on a visual journey from some of the earliest known tree species on our planet to the latest fruit cultivars. The chosen trees have all had a profound effect on the planet and humankind. Starting with the Ginkgo bi...

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Wildhood  by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

Wildhood

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

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Trekking the globe and drawing from their latest research, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers discovered that all animals and humans on the journey to adulthood face four core challenges: how to stay safe, negotiate status, navigate sexuality,...

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World of insects

World of insects

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A stunning photographic celebration of the planet's myraid six -legged inhabitants. Incorporating everything from dragonflies, stick insects and grasshoppers through to flies, fleas and beetles, the world's million or more insect species are essential...

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World of mammals

World of mammals

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A stunning photographic celebration of the planet's mammals, from aardvarks to zebras. Covering everything from elephants to elephant shrews to elephant seals, and from mouse-deer to deermice, World of Mammals is a photographic celebration of the diversity...

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Aliens among us  by Daniel Kariko

Aliens among us

Daniel Kariko

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With more than sixty stunning photographs of pillbugs, silverfish, moths, and other household insects, Aliens Among Us depicts a hidden world flourishing in our homes. Over the course of his photography career, Daniel Kariko came to realize that many...

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The field guide to dumb birds of North America  by Matt Kracht

The field guide to dumb birds of North America

Matt Kracht

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Perfect for the anti-aviary (or bird fanatic with a sense of humor), this snarky illustrated handbook is equal parts profane, funny, and--let's face it--true. Featuring 50 common North American birds, such as the White-Breasted Butt Nugget and the Go...

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The imperiled ocean  by Laura Trethewey

The imperiled ocean

Laura Trethewey

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On a life raft in the Mediterranean, a teenager from Ghana wonders whether he will reach Europe alive, and if he does, whether he will be allowed to stay. In the North Atlantic, a young chef disappears from a cruise ship, leaving a mystery for his friends...

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World of reptiles.

World of reptiles.

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World of Reptiles is a visual celebration of the diversity of the planet's scaly inhabitants. It is a unique book in that it distils the 10,800 species of reptiles into 240 full-page images, with these photographs depicting representatives from 68 of...

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Becoming the Iceman  by Wim Hof

Becoming the Iceman

Wim Hof

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Becoming the Iceman is a project inspired by Wim and Justin to show the world that anyone can adopt the ability to become an Iceman or Icewoman. The project's goal is to show that the ability to control the body's temperature is not a genetic defect in...

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Ivory  by Keith Somerville

Ivory

Keith Somerville

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Half of Tanzania's elephants have been killed for their ivory since 2007. A similar alarming story can be told of the herds in northern Mozambique and across swathes of central Africa, with forest elephants losing almost two-thirds of their numbers to...

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The rise of wolf 8  by Rick McIntyre

The rise of wolf 8

Rick McIntyre

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Yellowstone National Park was once home to an abundance of wild wolves--but park rangers killed the last of their kind in the 1920s. Decades later, the rangers brought them back, with the first wolves arriving from Canada in 1995. This is the incredible...

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True or poo?  by Dani Rabaiotti

True or poo?

Dani Rabaiotti

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Do komodo dragons have toxic slobber? Is it true that a scorpion that sheds its tail dies of constipation? Speaking of poo, do rabbits really have a habit of, err, eating their own? And can you really get high from licking toads, or is that, fake newts?...

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The adventures of Azuki the miniature hedgehog and friends  by Shuichi Tsunoda

The adventures of Azuki the miniature hedgehog and friends

Shuichi Tsunoda

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Adorable photographs of miniature hedgehog and Instagram sensation Azuki. See him, his daughter Monaka and their friends baking, playing pool, reading and enjoying other mini-adventures.

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Edible shrubs

Edible shrubs

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"Edible Shrubs" provides detailed information on over 70 shrub species. They have been selected to provide a mix of different plant sizes and growing conditions. Most provide delicious and nutritious fruit, but many also have edible leaves, seeds, fl...

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Astrobiology  by Andrew (Andrew James) May

Astrobiology

Andrew (Andrew James) May

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Are we alone in the Universe, or are there as many planets supporting life as there are stars in the sky? It's one of the most important and fascinating questions human beings can ponder, and astrobiology is the emerging field of science that tries to...

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The book of orchids  by Mark W. Chase

The book of orchids

Mark W. Chase

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One of every seven flowering plants on earth is an orchid. Some are stunningly over the top; others almost inconspicuous. The Orchidaceae is the second most widely geographically distributed family, after the grasses, yet remains one of the least und...

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Flight lines  by Andrew Darby

Flight lines

Andrew Darby

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Andrew Darby follows the odysseys of two Grey Plovers, little-known migratory shorebirds, as they take previously uncharted ultramarathon flights from the southern coast of Australia to Arctic breeding grounds. On these extraordinary flights they cha...

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A sparrow's life's as sweet as ours  by Carry Akroyd

A sparrow's life's as sweet as ours

Carry Akroyd

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A compilation of 60 beautiful screenprints by renowned wildlife artist Carry Akroyd from The Oldie magazine's "Birds of the Month" column. In this sumptuous new art book, renowned wildlife artist Carry Akroyd presents a sequence of screenprints of birds...

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What do animals think and feel?  by Karsten Brensing

What do animals think and feel?

Karsten Brensing

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Biologist Karsten Brensing has something astonishing to tell us about the animal kingdom: namely that animals, by any reasonable assessment, have developed the sophisticated systems of social organization and behaviour that human beings call 'culture...

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The bee bible : 50 ways to keep bees buzzing  by Sally Coulthard

The bee bible : 50 ways to keep bees buzzing

Sally Coulthard

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We need bees. We rely on them not only to pollinate our planet but to sweeten our lives with the fruits of their labours – honey, beeswax, Royal Jelly. These tiny, hardworking insects have transformed our lives with their quiet diligence; fertilising...

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Forests in our world  by Gunther Willinger

Forests in our world

Gunther Willinger

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Forests are the green lungs of the world, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. They filter our air, provide drinking water, and help stabilize our climate. They also vary greatly by region, providing a home to a rich diversity of animal, plant,...

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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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Tui in our garden  by Rex Auty

Tui in our garden

Rex Auty

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A photographic exploration of the life of one of New Zealand's favourite native birds, the tui. Rex Auty has captured the tui in his garden as they eat, fly, play and fight, and has a section dedicated to the beauty of their feathers. There are images...

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Animals reviewed

Animals reviewed

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Are you ready to #RateASpecies? Zoos and aquariums have poked wild fun at their animal friends - and their "product reviews" will leave your pack howling! Packed with adorable animal photos and laced with wit and humor, Animals Reviewed is a must-read...

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The champions of camouflage  by Jean-Philippe Noël

The champions of camouflage

Jean-Philippe Noël

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Whether to escape predators or to surprise their prey, the talented strategists of nature in The Champions of Camouflage survive using visual trickery and fascinating biology.

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Trees of life  by Max Adams

Trees of life

Max Adams

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A captivatingly informative and visually beautiful survey of the tree species – from all over the world – that human cultures have found most useful. Each tree species is the subject of a concise text centred on a story – or stories – about the tree ...

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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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Fantastic fungi

Fantastic fungi

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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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Emperors of the deep  by William McKeever

Emperors of the deep

William McKeever

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Sharks are ruthlessly efficient predators, the apex of 450 million years of evolution. They are older than trees, have survived five extinction events and are essential to maintaining balanced ocean ecosystems, but how much do we really know about their...

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The elephant whisperer  by Lawrence Anthony

The elephant whisperer

Lawrence Anthony

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"It had been nearly a century since elephants had lived in Southern Zululand, South Africa, where Lawrence Anthony founded his Thula Thula wildlife reserve. Yet one day a phone call changed all that. A troubled, unpredictable herd needed a new home. In...

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The pollinator victory garden  by Kim Eierman

The pollinator victory garden

Kim Eierman

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The passion and urgency that inspired WWI and WWII Victory Gardens is needed today to meet another threat to our food supply and our environment-the steep decline of pollinators. The Pollinator Victory Garden offers practical solutions for winning the...

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Insects of the world  by Paul Zborowski

Insects of the world

Paul Zborowski

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Insects are quite literally the largest subjects in the natural world, with more than 1 million species known. Using the simple observation that every picture is worth a thousand words, the 1,000+ photographs in this book are all presented with a caption...

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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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Never home alone  by Rob R. Dunn

Never home alone

Rob R. Dunn

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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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The great naturalists

The great naturalists

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From Classical times to the 19th century, the great quest to discover and define the intoxicating diversity of the natural world attracted a host of intrepid thinkers and explorers. Aristotle and Linnaeus set out to classify nature; Joseph Banks and ...

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Nano comes to life  by Sonia Contera

Nano comes to life

Sonia Contera

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Increasingly, scientists are gaining control over matter at the nanometer scale. Spearheaded by physical scientists operating at the interfaces of physics and biology (such as the author herself), advances in nanoscience and technology are transforming...

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Name that flower  by Ian Clarke

Name that flower

Ian Clarke

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Name That Flower is a valued source of clear and concise information on identifying flowering plants from around the world, both cultivated and in the wild. This edition is updated to align with current systems of plant classification that incorporate...

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When animals speak  by Eva Meijer

When animals speak

Eva Meijer

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A groundbreaking argument for the political rights of animals. In When Animals Speak, Eva Meijer develops a new, ground-breaking theory of language and politics, arguing that non-human animals speak—and, most importantly, act—politically. From geese and...

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Fungipedia  by Lawrence Millman

Fungipedia

Lawrence Millman

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Fungipedia presents a delightful A-Z treasury of mushroom lore. With more than 180 entries-on topics as varied as Alice in Wonderland, chestnut blight, medicinal mushrooms, poisonings, Santa Claus, and waxy caps-this collection will transport both ge...

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Moths  by David Conway Lees

Moths

David Conway Lees

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Accessible introduction to the biology, life cycle, natural history, and classification of moths. Moths are a crucial insect group encompassing more than 160,000 species, and they are among the most ancient of Earth's inhabitants, with some fossils believed...

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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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Reef life  by Callum Roberts

Reef life

Callum Roberts

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A hugely affecting memoir by the world's leading coral reef scientist, revealing the thrill of diving and the vital science and story of these majestic reefs. How did one of the world's preeminent marine conservation scientists fall in love with coral...

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A tribute to reptiles and amphibians of Australia and New Zealand  by author Australian Herpetological Society

A tribute to reptiles and amphibians of Australia and New Zealand

author Australian Herpetological So...

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"[This book] showcases 125 of the best photographs ever assembled of the countries' most spectacular reptiles and frogs.Twenty-five of the best photographers specialising in herpetology each submitted five of their most awe-inspiring images, culminating...

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The genesis of living forms  by Raymond Ruyer

The genesis of living forms

Raymond Ruyer

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The philosophy of Raymond Ruyer was an important if subterranean influence on twentieth-century French thought, and explicitly engaged with by figures such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Georges Canguilhem, Gilbert Simondon, and Gilles Deleuze. The Genesis...

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Transcendence  by Gaia Vince

Transcendence

Gaia Vince

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Humans are the most successful species on Earth; a planet-altering force of nature. Meanwhile, our closest living relatives, the now-endangered chimpanzees, continue to live as they have for millions of years. Yet we evolved through the same process....

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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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New Zealand's native trees  by John Dawson

New Zealand's native trees

John Dawson

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New Zealand's native trees are truly remarkable. From the massive kauri, the third-largest tree in the world, the showy pohutukawas and ratas, and the ubiquitous cabbage tree to rare and endangered species found only on offshore islands, our glorious...

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Looking for whales  by Wade Hughes

Looking for whales

Wade Hughes

Book

Graceful, intelligent and huge, whales cast a spell over the human species. But their thoughts and ways of life lie beyond our understanding, in an alien habitat. A few people who've dived and made their acquaintance come closer to penetrating the un...

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A Claxton diary  by Mark Cocker

A Claxton diary

Mark Cocker

Book

For seventeen years, as part of his daily writerly routine, the author and naturalist Mark Cocker has taken a two-mile walk down to the river from his cottage on the edge of the Norfolk Broads National Park. Over the course of those 10,000 daily paces...

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Thus spoke the plant  by Monica Gagliano

Thus spoke the plant

Monica Gagliano

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In this "phytobiography" a collection of stories written in partnership with a plant research scientist, Monica Gagliano, reveals the dynamic role plants play in genuine first-hand accounts from her research into plant communication and cognition. By...

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A short philosophy of birds  by Philippe J. Dubois

A short philosophy of birds

Philippe J. Dubois

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A French ornithologist and philosopher teach us to pause, look to the sky, and reconnect with the natural world, in twenty-two short lessons inspired by the secret lives of birds. There is a lot we can learn from birds if we pay attention. This elegant...

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Making Eden  by D. J. Beerling

Making Eden

D. J. Beerling

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From the first tiny green scouts that clung to watery banks, plants spread across the land, opening their leaves to the sun, growing tall, turning the world green. How did plants accomplish this extraordinary feat? The author takes us through the story,...

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The hidden world of the fox  by Adele Brand

The hidden world of the fox

Adele Brand

Book

We've all seen the fox. A flash of his brushy tail disappearing between the gap of a fence, a blaze of orange caught in the headlights as he scampers across the road. We've heard him too, his strange barks echoing in the city night. Perhaps we've even...

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100 birds to see in your lifetime  by David Chandler

100 birds to see in your lifetime

David Chandler

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Part aspirational encyclopedia, part identification guide, 100 Birds to See in Your Lifetime provides detailed summary information and range maps, along with profiles featuring unusual facts, anecdotes and its significance. Whilst many of the species...

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Wild cats of the world  by Luke Hunter

Wild cats of the world

Luke Hunter

Book

From the rabbit-sized Black-footed Cat of southern Africa to bear-killing Amur tigers of the Russian Far East, the 38 members of the Cat Family include some of the world's most fascinating and magnificent species on earth. Supremely adapted for the kill,...

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