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Flying Dinosaurs; How Fearsome Reptiles Became Birds   layout image

by John Pickrell

Mixing colourful portraits with news on the latest fossil findings and interviews with leading paleontologists in the United States, China, Europe, and Australia, the author explains and details dinosaurs' development of flight. This special capacity introduced a whole new range of abilities for the animals and helped them survive a mass extinction, when thousands of other dinosaur species that once populated the Earth did not. He also turns his journalistic eye toward the stories behind the latest discoveries, investigating the role of the Chinese black market in trading fossils, the controversies among various dinosaur hunters, the interference of national governments intent on protecting scientific information, and the race to publish findings first that make this research such a dynamic area of science. Illustration type: Colour illustrations, 240pp. 2014

DUE SEPTEMBER 2014

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M24325 Hardback  £19.95
Darwin's Orchids; Then and Now   layout image

by Retha Edens-Meier / Peter Bernhardt

Darwin's Orchids investigates flowers from Darwin's home in England, through the southern hemisphere, and on to North America and China as it seeks to address a set of questions first put forward by Darwin himself: What pollinates this particular type of orchid? How does its pollination mechanism work? Will an orchid self-pollinate or is an insect or other animal vector required? And how has this orchid's lineage changed over time? Diverse in their colours, forms, aromas, and pollination schemes, orchids have long been considered ideal models for the study of plant evolution and conservation. Looking to the past, present, and future of botany, Darwin's Orchids will be a vital addition to this tradition.

Illustration type: Colour plates, Halftones, Line drawings, Tables, 384pp. 2014

DUE NOVEMBER 2014

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M24324 Hardback  £38.50
Extinct Madagascar; Picturing the Island's Past   layout image

by Steven M Goodman / William T Jungers

In this title, noted scientists Goodman and Jungers explore the recent past of these land animal extinctions. Beginning with an introduction to the geologic and ecological history of Madagascar that provides context for the evolution, diversification, and, in some cases, rapid decline of the Malagasy fauna. The authors then seek to recapture these extinct mammals in their environs. Aided in their quest by artist Velizar Simeonovski's beautiful and haunting paintings which provides images of both individual species and ecosystem assemblages, the authors reconstruct the lives of these lost animals and trace their relationships to those still living. Illustration type: Colour illustrations, Halftones, Tables, 296pp. 2014

DUE SEPTEMBER 2014

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M24323 Hardback  £31.50
The Book of Beetles; A Life-size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World   layout image

by Patrice Bouchard / Arthur V Evans / Maria Lourdes Chamorro / Richard A B Leschen

More than one-fifth of all known life forms on this planet are beetles. This title takes an in depth look at 600 significant examples. Shown life size alongside an engraving offering a side or open winged view with information revealing notable characteristics, a list of related species and a diagnosis of the specimen's importance in terms of taxonomy, rarity, behaviour and scientific significance.

Illustration type: Colour photographs, Population distribution maps, 656pp. 2014

DUE SEPTEMBER 2014

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M23309 Hardback  £29.99
The Bee; A Natural History   layout image

by Noah Wilson-Rich

Eyes with more than 6,000 separate lenses, bodies so hairy that they attract pollen by static, the ability to communicate by dancing. Bee stats are endlessly engrossing, and without the bees to pollinate them, most of our crops would be dead in the field. So how did this furry little workaholic come to be so crucial to the planet?. This title answers that question and many more.

Illustration type: Colour illustrations, Colour photographs, 250pp. 2014

DUE AUGUST 2014

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M23102 Hardback  £19.99
The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins   layout image

by Hal Whitehead / Luke Rendell

In this title, cetacean biologists Hal Whitehead, and Luke Rendell show that cetacean culture and its transmission are shaped by a blend of adaptations, innate sociality, and the unique environment in which whales and dolphins live, a watery world in which a hundred-and-fifty-ton blue whale can move with utter grace, and where the vertical expanse is as vital, and almost as vast, as the horizontal. Drawing on their own research as well as a scientific literature as immense as the sea-including evolutionary biology, animal behaviour, ecology, anthropology, psychology, and neuroscience - Whitehead and Rendell dive into realms both humbling and enlightening as they seek to define what cetacean culture is, why it exists, and what it means for the future of whales and dolphins. And, ultimately, what it means for our future, as well.

Illustration type: Colour plates, Halftones, Line drawings, Tables, 408pp. 2014

DUE NOVEMBER 2014

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M24322 Hardback  £24.50
Planet of the Bugs; Evolution and the Rise of Insects   layout image

by Scott Richard Shaw

Dinosaurs, however toothy, did not rule the earth, and neither do humans. But what were and are the true potentates of our planet? Insects, says Scott Richard Shaw, millions and millions of insect species. Starting in the shallow oceans of ancient Earth and ending in the far reaches of outer space, where, Shaw proposes, insect-like aliens may have achieved similar pre-eminence.

This title spins a sweeping account of insects' evolution from humble arthropod ancestors into the bugs we know and love (or fear and hate) today. Illustration type: Colour plates, Halftones, 256pp. 2014

DUE SEPTEMBER 2014

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M24320 Hardback  £19.50
Earth's Deep History; How it Was Discovered and Why it Matters   layout image

by Martin J S Rudwick

Earth has been witness to mammoths and dinosaurs, global ice ages, continents colliding or splitting apart, comets and asteroids crashing catastrophically to the surface, as well as the birth of humans who are curious to understand it all. But how was it discovered? How was the evidence for it collected and interpreted? And what kinds of people have sought to reconstruct this past that no human witnessed or recorded?

In this sweeping and magisterial book, the author tells the gripping human story of the gradual realization that the Earth's history has not only been unimaginably long but also astonishingly eventful. Illustration type: Halftones, Line drawings, 392pp. 2014

DUE OCTOBER 2014

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M24319 Hardback  £21.00
Bats; A World of Science and Mystery   layout image

by M Brock Fenton / Nancy B Simmons

Presents these fascinating nocturnal creatures in a new light. Portrays bats in flight, feeding, and mating in views that show them in exceptional detail. Also take the reader into the roosts of bats, from caves and mines to the tents some bats build out of leaves. A comprehensive guide to what scientists know about the world of bats, the book begins with a look at bats' origins and evolution. Then goes on to address a host of questions related to flight, diet, habitat, reproduction, and social structure: Why do some bats live alone and others in large colonies? When do bats reproduce and care for their young? How has the ability to fly-unique among mammals-influenced bats' mating behaviour? A chapter on biosonar, or echolocation, takes readers through the system of high-pitched calls bats emit to navigate and catch prey. More than half of the world's bat species are either in decline or already considered endangered, and the book concludes with suggestions for what we can do to protect these species for future generations to benefit from and enjoy. Illustration type: Colour photographs, Halftones, Line drawings, 240pp. 2014

DUE OCTOBER 2014

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M24318 Hardback  £24.50
The Wild Cat Book; Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Cats   layout image

by Fiona and Mel Sunquist

This title not only tantalizes with the beauty of cats, but also serves as a valuable and accessible reference on cat behaviour and conservation.

Comprehensive entries for each of the thirty-seven cat species provides up-to-date information related to the species' IUCN conservation and management statuses, while informative sidebars reveal why male lions have manes, how cats see with their whiskers, the truth behind our obsession with white lions and tigers, and why cats can't be vegetarians. Also highlights the grave threats faced by the world's wild cats-from habitat destruction to human persecution. Illustration type: Colour photographs, Distribution maps, Halftones, 280pp. 2014

DUE OCTOBER 2014

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M24317 Hardback  £24.50
Exploring Lung Fu Shan; A Nature Guide   layout image

by Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre

Extending from the city limits to Victoria Peak, Lung Fu Shan Country Park is Hong Kong's smallest country park. It is also one of the most ecologically diverse, with a variety of plant and animal life, spectacular views, and a network of woodland walks. This guide introduces the wildlife and the historical spots in Lung Fu Shan, suggests several walking routes, and offers advice and tips on observing flora and fauna at observation checkpoints. Illustration type: Colour photographs, Maps, 144pp. 2014

DUE SEPTEMBER 2014

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M24316 Paperback  £12.50
The Teal (Poyser Monograph)   layout image

by Matthieu Guillemain / Johan Elmber

This title looks at distribution and trends in numbers, foraging ecology, breeding behaviour, population dynamics, management and conservation of teal, looking at both the Eurasian Common Teal and its North American equivalent, the Green-winged Teal (which until relatively recently was considered to be the same species). This title provides a scientifically robust account on which wetland managers, research scientists and the ornithological community may rely, with wider implicatons for the conservation and management of other waterfowl, and for ecological research in general. Illustration type: Colour illustrations, 304pp. 2014

DUE SEPTEMBER 2014

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M24314 Hardback  £50.00
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