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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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Extraordinary insects  by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

Extraordinary insects

Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

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Out of sight, underfoot, unseen beyond fleeting scuttles or darting flights, insects occupy a hidden world, yet are essential to sustaining life on earth. Insects influence our ecosystem like a ripple effect on water. They arrived when life first moved...

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Darwinian populations and natural selection  by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Darwinian populations and natural selection

Peter Godfrey-Smith

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In 1859 Darwin described a deceptively simple mechanism that he called "natural selection," a combination of variation, inheritance, and reproductive success. He argued that this mechanism was the key to explaining the most puzzling features of the n...

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John Abbot & William Swainson

John Abbot & William Swainson

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An archive of never-before-published illustrations of insects and plants painted by a pioneering naturalist. During his lifetime (1751-ca. 1840), English-born naturalist and artist John Abbot rendered more than 4,000 natural history illustrations and...

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Nature's giants  by Graeme D. Ruxton

Nature's giants

Graeme D. Ruxton

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A beautifully illustrated exploration of the science behind the awe-inspiring giants of past and present The colossal plants and animals of our world-dinosaurs, whales, and even trees-are a source of unending fascination, and their sheer scale can be...

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Ospreys  by Alan Forsyth Poole

Ospreys

Alan Forsyth Poole

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Ospreys are one of the few bird species that are found throughout the world. From forests in Hokkaido to rivers in Oregon and islands off Australia, Ospreys steal the show as nature lovers easily watch them build their massive nests and tend to their...

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Finding Australian birds  by Tim Dolby

Finding Australian birds

Tim Dolby

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From the eastern rainforests to central deserts, Australia is home to some 900 species of birds. This book covers over 400 Australian bird watching sites conveniently grouped into the best birding areas, from one end of the country to the other. This...

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Trees  by Gregory McNamee

Trees

Gregory McNamee

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Art Wolfe's immersive photos capture the wonder humans have felt about trees for millennia. From the biblical Tree of Life to the Native American Tree of Peace, trees have played an archetypal role in human culture and spirituality since time immemorial....

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Manta  by Guy Stevens

Manta

Guy Stevens

Book

Born into a life of perpetual motion, manta rays must keep swimming to survive. Driven forward by powerful beats of their wing-like pectoral fins, they search the ocean currents for concentrated patches of the tiny planktonic organisms on which they feed....

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City of trees  by Sophie Cunningham

City of trees

Sophie Cunningham

Book

How do we take in the beauty of our planet while processing the losses? What trees can survive in the city? Which animals can survive in the wild? How do any of us—humans, animals, trees—find a forest we can call home? In these moving, thought-provoking...

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Coral whisperers  by Irus Braverman

Coral whisperers

Irus Braverman

Book

Based on over one hundred interviews with leading scientists and conservation managers, Irus Braverman documents a community caught in an existential crisis and alternating between des-pair and hope. In this book, corals emerge as signs and measures,...

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Superlative  by Matthew D. LaPlante

Superlative

Matthew D. LaPlante

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Welcome to the biggest, fastest, deadliest science book you'll ever read. The world's largest land mammal could help us end cancer. The fastest bird is showing us how to solve a century-old engineering mystery. The oldest tree is giving us insights i...

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The seven daughters of Eve  by Bryan Sykes

The seven daughters of Eve

Bryan Sykes

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The Seven Daughters of Eve presents the theory of human mitochondrial genetics to a general audience. Sykes explains the principles of genetics and human evolution, the particularities of mitochondrial DNA, and analyses of ancient DNA to genetically ...

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Genesis  by Edward O. Wilson

Genesis

Edward O. Wilson

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Asserting that religious creeds and philosophical questions can be reduced to purely genetic and evolutionary components, and that the human body and mind have a physical base obedience to the laws of physics and chemistry, "Genesis" demonstrates that...

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Cultured  by Katherine Harmon Courage

Cultured

Katherine Harmon Courage

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The science journalist draws on ancient food traditions and the latest research on healthy gut maintenance to explain the role of the microbiome and how to adapt a diet to promote optimal microbiome balance.

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The end of ice  by Dahr Jamail

The end of ice

Dahr Jamail

Book

A firsthand chronicle of the catastrophic reality of our planet's changing ecosystems and the necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile Earth while we still can.

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The biology of belief  by Bruce H Lipton

The biology of belief

Bruce H Lipton

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This 10th-anniversary edition of Bruce Lipton's best-selling book The Biology of Belief will be updated to bolster the book's central premise with the latest scientific discoveries - and there have been a lot in the last decade. The Biology of Belief...

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No beast so fierce  by Dane Huckelbridge

No beast so fierce

Dane Huckelbridge

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Nepal, c. 1900: The single deadliest animal in recorded history began stalking humans, moving like a phantom through the lush foothills of the Himalayas. As the death toll reached an astonishing 436 lives, a young local hunter was dispatched to stop ...

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Microbiology  by Jennifer C. Stearns

Microbiology

Jennifer C. Stearns

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Microbiology is the study of life itself, down to the smallest particle. Microbiology is a fascinating field that explores life down to the tiniest level. Did you know that your body contains more bacteria cells than human cells? It's true. Microbes ...

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DNA is not destiny  by Steven J. Heine

DNA is not destiny

Steven J. Heine

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Scientists expect one billion people to have their genomes sequenced by 2025. Yet cultural psychologist Steven J. Heine argues that, in trying to know who we are and where we come from, we’re likely to completely misinterpret what's 'in our DNA.' Hei...

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The eastern curlew  by Harry Saddler

The eastern curlew

Harry Saddler

Book

Every year around August, large flocks of Eastern Curlews leave their breeding grounds in the Arctic and embark on a perilous 10,000km journey to the coast of Australia. The birds cannot swim; if they become exhausted and fall into the ocean, they die....

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Ask an ocean explorer  by Jon Copley

Ask an ocean explorer

Jon Copley

Book

'Our everyday lives are connected to the deep ocean in ways we seldom realise.' Between these pages is everything you need to know about our oceans, explained in 25 questions.

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Origins  by Lewis Dartnell

Origins

Lewis Dartnell

Book

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

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Blueprint  by Nicholas A. Christakis

Blueprint

Nicholas A. Christakis

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

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Birdwatching for beginners in New Zealand  by Alan Froggatt

Birdwatching for beginners in New Zealand

Alan Froggatt

Book

"With jaw-dropping endemic species such as Kiwi, Kea and Takahe, New Zealand is a birdwatcher's paradise. For New Zealand birders and visitors to the country alike, this innovative and useful book is the perfect accompaniment to a good field guide such...

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100 Natural history treasures of Te Papa.

100 Natural history treasures of Te Papa.

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Since the Colonial Museum opened in 1865 and the first director, Sir James Hector, began collecting items of geological and natural history significance, the collections of New Zealand's national museum have become enormously significant - not to men...

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Corridor ecology  by Jodi A. Hilty

Corridor ecology

Jodi A. Hilty

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"Migrating wildlife species across the globe face a dire predicament as their traditional migratory routes are cut off by human encroachment. Forced into smaller and smaller patches of habitat, they must compete more aggressively for dwindling food r...

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The meaning of trees  by Robert Vennell

The meaning of trees

Robert Vennell

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"Atreasure trove of unique, bizarre and wonderful plants, The Meaning of Trees explores the myriad ways in which New Zealand's extraordinary flora has been used in cuisine, crafts, medicine and culture, providing everything from seafaring canoes and ...

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The blind watchmaker  by Richard Dawkins

The blind watchmaker

Richard Dawkins

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A brilliant and controversial book which demonstrates that evolution by natural selection - the unconscious, automatic, blind yet essentially non-random process discovered by Darwin - is the only answer to the biggest question of all: why do we exist...

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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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Incredible journeys  by David (Explorer) Barrie

Incredible journeys

David (Explorer) Barrie

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Weaving interviews with leading experts on animal behaviour with the groundbreaking discoveries of Nobel-Prize winning neuroscientists, Barrie shines a light on the astounding skills of animals of every stripe. Dung beetles that steer by the light of...

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Close encounters with marine life  by Nigel Marsh

Close encounters with marine life

Nigel Marsh

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Close Encounters with Marine Life details Nigel's underwater adventures with camera in hand, featuring some of his best images and many remarkable stories of his experiences with amazing marine life.

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The last elephants

The last elephants

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The Africa-wide Great Elephant Census of 2016 produced shocking findings: a decimated elephant population whose numbers were continuing to plummet. Elephants are killed, on average, every 15–20 minutes – a situation that will see the final demise of ...

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Moss  by Ulrica Nordstrom

Moss

Ulrica Nordstrom

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Moss is all around us. While it is most often associated with damp, shady spaces, it can be found in the most unexpected and far-flung places, from deserts to Antarctica. This book is a celebration of its quiet, unassuming beauty and a primer to unde...

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The tree  by Richard Woldendorp

The tree

Richard Woldendorp

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In this spectacular volume, acclaimed landscape photographer Richard Woldendorp AM, best known for his book Down to Earth with Tim Winton, explores Australian trees of all shapes and sizes. From abstract close-ups to aerials, Woldendorp's images reveal...

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Waddle

Waddle

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Penguins. We love them. Seemingly upright caricatures of us, it is easy to bond with these black and white 'little people'. They have become perennial favourites of cartoonists, because they are fun. They make us laugh. Waddle is a compendium of deli...

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The deep  by Alex Rogers

The deep

Alex Rogers

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Fewer people have been to the deepest part of the ocean than have been to the moon. Even now, the vast majority of this wilderness - which covers over 70% of the planet and forms its largest ecosystem - has never been seen by human eyes, let alone explored...

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A little book of Latin for gardeners  by Peter Parker

A little book of Latin for gardeners

Peter Parker

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Evolved over many centuries and often thought to belong to the rarefied world of scholars and scientists, this invented language is in fact a very useful tool for everyday gardening. It allows us to find our way around nurseries; it sorts out confusions...

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The hidden life of trees  by Peter Wohlleben

The hidden life of trees

Peter Wohlleben

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"In his international bestseller, The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben opened readers' eyes to the wonders and amazing processes at work in the forest. Now this new, breathtakingly illustrated edition brings those wonders to life like never before....

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Virusphere  by Frank Ryan

Virusphere

Frank Ryan

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A fascinating and long overdue examination of viruses from what they are and what they do, to the vital role they have played in human history. What are viruses? Do they rely on genes, like all other forms of life? Do they follow the same patterns of...

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Birds New Zealand  by Paul Gibson

Birds New Zealand

Paul Gibson

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"This book take you on a journey full of colour and living imagery that showcases the beauty and variety of New Zealand’s birds. From the huge albatross of the southern ocean to the tiny rifleman of New Zealand's bush, 210 birds are illustrated...

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Dragonflies & damselflies  by Dennis R. Paulson

Dragonflies & damselflies

Dennis R. Paulson

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Dragonflies are often called birdwatchers' insects. They are large, brightly coloured, active in the daytime, and with complex and interesting behavior. Like butterflies, they appeal even to people who don't think highly of insects in general. They have...

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The complete guide to Australian birds  by George Adams

The complete guide to Australian birds

George Adams

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This book is the most up-to-date guide to Australian birds available. Written in everyday language, with crisp, brilliant digital images taken in the wild. The easily accessible information on each bird includes: common and scientific names, size, de...

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Mama's last hug  by F. B. M. de (Frans B. M.) Waal

Mama's last hug

F. B. M. de (Frans B. M.) Waal

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A whirlwind tour of new ideas and findings about animal emotions, based on De Waal's renowned studies of the social and emotional lives of chimpanzees, bonobos, and other primates. De Waal discusses facial expressions, animal sentience and consciousn...

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Our planet  by Alastair Fothergill

Our planet

Alastair Fothergill

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With a foreword by Sir David Attenborough, breathtakingly beautiful still photography, specially commissioned maps and graphics, and compelling text expanding on the remarkable TV stories and giving the reader a depth of information that is impossible...

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The wisdom of wolves  by Elli H. Radinger

The wisdom of wolves

Elli H. Radinger

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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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