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Zoology

  • The Naming of the Shrewby John Wright

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2014; US$ 16.99

    Latin names ? frequently unpronounceable, all too often wrong and always a tiny puzzle to unravel ? have been annoying the layman since they first became formalised as scientific terms in the eighteenth century. Why on earth has the entirely land-loving Eastern Mole been named Scalopus aquaticus , or the Oxford Ragwort been called Senecio squalidus... more...

  • The Bald Eagleby Jon M. Gerrard; Gary R. Bortolotti

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 16.95

    The Bald Eagle is a comprehensive description of the morphology, behavior, flight patterns, hunting, migration, nesting, development, and growth of bald eagles. more...

  • Birds of New Guineaby Thane K. Pratt; Bruce M. Beehler; John C. Anderton; Szabolcs Kókay

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 49.50

    This is the completely revised edition of the essential field guide to the birds of New Guinea. The world?s largest tropical island, New Guinea boasts a spectacular avifauna characterized by cassowaries, megapodes, pigeons, parrots, cuckoos, kingfishers, and owlet-nightjars, as well as an exceptionally diverse assemblage of songbirds such as the iconic... more...

  • Birds of New Guineaby Bruce M. Beehler; Thane K. Pratt; John C. Anderton; Szabolcs Kókay

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 186.50

    This is the completely revised edition of the essential field guide to the birds of New Guinea. The world?s largest tropical island, New Guinea boasts a spectacular avifauna characterized by cassowaries, megapodes, pigeons, parrots, cuckoos, kingfishers, and owlet-nightjars, as well as an exceptionally diverse assemblage of songbirds such as the iconic... more...

  • Killing Keikoby Mark Simmons

    Callinectes Press 2014; US$ 15.95

    In 1978, a young killer whale "Keiko" was collected off the east coast of Iceland and spent the next 18 years in human care. At Reino Aventura Park in Mexico, his home was not conducive to good health, and over time his condition deteriorated. In 1993, Keiko became the star of Free Willy , a Warner Bros. blockbuster movie, that enchanted... more...

  • Professor Penguinby Lloyd Spencer Davis

    Random House New Zealand 2014; Not Available

    Meet 'Bill Bryson in Antarctica' in this engaging book by one of the world's authority on penguins. Part memoir, partly the research of a field biologist, Professor Penguin could be called 'How Penguins Shaped My Life'. Based on journals kept during Davis's years of working with penguins in the wild, the story takes readers to remote locations:... more...

  • Ravens in Winterby Bernd Heinrich

    Simon & Schuster 2014; US$ 16.00

    ?One of the most interesting discoveries I?ve seen in animal sociobiology in years.? ? E.O. Wilson Why do ravens, generally understood to be solitary creatures, share food between each other during winter? On the surface, there didn?t appear to be any biological or evolutionary imperative behind the raven?s willingness to share. The more Bernd... more...

  • Ten Million Aliensby Simon Barnes

    Short Books 2014; US$ 17.49

    Life on Planet Earth is not weirder than we imagine. It?s weirder than we are capable of imagining. And we?re all in it together: humans, blue whales, rats, birds of paradise, ridiculous numbers of beetles, molluscs the size of a bus, the sexual gladiators of slugs, bdelloid rotifers who haven?t had sex for millions of years and creatures called water... more...

  • Human Diseases from Wildlifeby Michael R. Conover; Rosanna M. Vail

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 89.95

    Human Diseases from Wildlife presents information on the most prevalent and serious zoonotic diseases in the US and Canada, some of which have been national headline news like anthrax, influenza, and West Nile virus. Diseases that are caused by pathogens with the ability to infect both humans and animals are known as zoonotic diseases, which literally... more...

  • Flying Dinosaursby John Pickrell

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 28.99

    The discovery of stunning, feathered dinosaur fossils coming out of China since 2006 suggests that these creatures were much more bird-like than paleontologists previously imagined. Further evidence—bones, genetics, eggs, behavior, and more—demonstrates a seamless transition from fleet-footed carnivores to the ancestors of modern birds. Mixing colorful... more...