Animal

Animal is a new expanded edition of DK s best selling encyclopedia, published 10 years ago It brings together the expertise of natural history specialists and outstanding wildlife photographers to illustrate, describe, and explain the incredible range of creatures in the animal kingdom.The natural world is a dynamic place and our understanding of it is forever growing andAnimal is a new expanded edition of DK s best selling encyclopedia, published 10 years ago It brings together the expertise of natural history specialists and outstanding wildlife photographers to illustrate, describe, and explain the incredible range of creatures in the animal kingdom.The natural world is a dynamic place and our understanding of it is forever growing and changing Since Animal was first published in 2001, the African elephant has been reclassified into two species, a cat sized rat has been discovered in Papua New Guinea, the only plant eating spider has been found in Central America, a bird eating fanged frog has been located in Vietnam, and than 1,250 new species of amphibians have been identified The distribution and conservation status of many animals has changed and scientists have developed new ways to classify animal groups The study of genes has revealed new species For example, the Bornean clouded leopard, thought to be a subspecies of a leopard found throughout SE Asia, is quite distinct, and a species in its own right the first new carnivore to be discovered in the 21st century so far This new edition of Animal also takes advantage of the major technical advances in natural history photography with the addition of some truly stunning new images.There is a general introduction to the animal kingdom and its evolution, then each of the world s habitats is examined in detail The largest part of the book looks at the animals the five vertebrate groups are reviewed, followed by the major invertebrate divisions A comprehensive glossary and index conclude the book.Table of ContentsPRELIMS 11PP INTRODUCTION 24PP What are animals Evolution Classification and animal groups Gene related research Anatomy Behavior Life cyclesAnimals in danger ConservationHABITATS 52PP World habitats Grasslands Deserts Tropical forests Temperate forests Coniferous forests MountainsPolar regions Freshwater Oceans Coasts and coral reefs Urban areasTHE ANIMAL KINGDOM 2PP Detailed and comprehensive coverage of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates, presented in taxonomic order MAMMALS 186PP Egg laying mammals Marsupials Insectivores BatsFlying lemurs Elephant shrews Tree shrews Primates prosimians, monkeys, and apes Anteaters and relativesPangolins Rabbits, hares, and pikas Rodents squirrel like rodents, mouselike rodents, and cavylike rodents Cetaceans baleen whales, toothed whales Carnivores dogs and relatives, bears, raccoons and relatives, mustelids, civets and relatives, hyenas and aardwolf, cats CarnivoresSeals and sealions Elephants Aardvark HyraxesDugong and manatees Hoofed animals horses and relatives, rhinoceroses, tapirs, pigs, hippopotamuses, camels and relatives, deer, giraffe and okapi, cattle and relatives Mammals in dangerBIRDS 112PP OstrichesRheas Cassowaries and emus Kiwis Tinamous Penguins Loons Grebes Albatrosses and petrels Pelicans and relatives Herons and relatives Flamingos Waterfowl Birds of prey Game birds Cranes and relatives Waders, gulls, and auks PigeonsSandgrouse Parrots Cuckoos and turacos Owls Nightjars and frogmouths Hummingbirds and swifts Mousebirds Trogons Kingfishers and relatives Woodpeckers and toucans Passerines Birds in dangerREPTILES 72PP Tortoises and turtles Tuataras Snakes boas, pythons, and relatives, colubrids, elapids, vipers, blind and thread snakes Lizards iguanas and relatives, geckos and snake lizards, skinks and relatives, and anguimorph lizards Amphisbaenians Crocodiles and alligators Reptiles in dangerAMPHIBIANS 32PP Newts and salamanders Caecilians Frogs and toads Amphibians in dangerFISH 68PP Jawless fish Cartilaginous fish sharks, skates, and rays Bony fish fleshy finned fish, primitive ray finned fish, bony tongued fish, tarpons and eels, herrings and relatives, catfish and relatives, salmon and relatives, dragonfish and relatives, lanternfish and relatives, cod and anglerfish, and spiny rayed fish Fish in dangerINVERTEBRATES 82PP Sponges Cnidarians Flatworms Segmented worms Round worms Minor phyla Molluscs Arthropods insects, centipedes and millipedes, crustaceans, sea spiders, horseshoe crabs, arachnids Echinoderms Invertebrate chordates Invertebrates in dangerGLOSSARY 4PP INDEX 22PP ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 1P TOTAL EXTENT 632PP
Animal Animal is a new expanded edition of DK s best selling encyclopedia published years ago It brings together the expertise of natural history specialists and outstanding wildlife photographers to ill

  • Title: Animal
  • Author: David Burnie Don E. Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780756660024
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. As a nature writer, I own a large collection of natural history encyclopedias. When I wrote "Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents" and wanted the natural history of a particular animal I encountered in the wild, I would comb through multiple wildlife guides. Two things stood out:1) More often than not, I could find what I was looking for in "Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide" (the previous version of this book).2) I was amazed how often various natural history guides disa [...]

    2. Like many big DK books this is spectacular and in fact is better quality than most others. It also (being a DK book) is very easy find remaindered and very good value if you do.It's not exhaustive: whenever I go to look something up it always seems to be missing the particular species I want, and the description of each animal is very brief. However given the size and scope of the book, omissions and brevity are understandable and forgivable.My four year old loves it.

    3. I gave this to AJ last year for Valentine's Day, and we've shared many happy hours paging through the enormous volume marveling at the beautiful pictures and the astonishing descriptions of the creatures contained therein.Kind of enormous book, but so worth reading. Get it in hardcover, that's the best. If and when I own a coffee table this book will be on it.We like playing 'guess which animal' in which one of us reads the description of the animal until the other can guess it. AJ currently hol [...]

    4. It's a great coffee table book. It'll probably always be on my "currently reading" shelf because it's so fun to pull out and flip to a random page. Plus it's huge so it'll take awhile to get through every bit of information that's packed in.

    5. obviously I haven't read this cover to coverbut it will remain in use as my definitive animal information guide for a long time.

    6. We use this book ALL THE TIME when my kids have projects or just want to learn more about animals in the world!! Great reference!

    7. This book weighs about as much as I do and is longer than most dictionaries, but it's also the most fantastic, visually-stimulating, concise guide to every species of animal in the world. My copy is cracked down the spine from so much handling, because it is one of my absolute favorites.(I also not-so-secretly call it my big book of daemons.)

    8. i was really excited when i got this book, but then after i went through it, i found that i was disappointed with the selections included. i know it's ridiculous to include all the animals in the world, but when a book claims to be a "definitive visual guide" i want more than just a couple of examples of certain animals.i guess it's just probably me.

    9. Great compendium of the natural world, with an easy to use organization. Sometimes I wished for a little longer entry for each animal (especially the more unusual ones), but then realized that doing so would potentially require a second volume. Several years later, I have purchased the newer edition as well ;)

    10. This book will make you believe in encyclopedias again! It is stunning. First had it from the library but quickly realized our family needed to own it. My son the animal-lover can find info about any and all animals he hears about. The only downside is the heft and weight, but that it also what makes it such a regal book =) Would be an excellent gift to anyone.

    11. Wow! Probably the most stunningly beautiful book on animals I have ever seen. The contributors spared no expense in making this book. An alien would be pleased to know that we love our wildlife so much as to compile this elegant book.

    12. When I was at the transfer station Wednesday a couple of people with very accented but native English(New Zealand? Ireland?) dropped off this and a "Rainforest" book. Brand spanking new the both of them. Probably worth a hundred bucks! I'll be browsing a bit at a time.

    13. Well-designed, stunningly photographed, and meticulously organized, this book is a comprehensive guide to the world's wildlife. Although some common species are excluded, it more than makes up for this with the amount of species covered.

    14. Sin duda, es la mejor enciclopedia animal (de las reunidas en un sólo tomo, claro). Aunque no valga para profundizar en cada uno de los animales, es perfecto para mirar alguna curiosidad que se te ocurra.

    15. This is an incredible book, in color, with illustrations of incredible numbers of animals with sections for different orders. It was even better with the cd that showed movements in slow motion, but, unfortunately, that ceased to work with later versions of windows.

    16. The most complete animal book I have seen. If anyone has seen a more complete book, please let me know. My son is an animal fanatic and trudges out this book whenever we have company and asks me or the company to read with him.

    17. readers will unintentionally learn about the world and its ecosystems by discovering the animals that inhabit it. Yes, it reads like a biology book but embrace it people. You slept through it in high school.

    18. Wow. Just wow. Such an amazing book. My only complaint is that some entries were just mating information and nothing else. Otherwise, fantastic.

    19. I learned more about animals than I ever thought possible. I carried this book wherever I went. I could NOT put it down. As a result, my copy has fallen apart greatly.

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