The Encyclopedia of Mammals (3 Volume Set) / Edition 2

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In three comprehensive volumes. The Encyclopedia of Mammals combines the latest developments in natural history and science with a structure that reflects the way the subject is currently studied. The text, written by a team of advisory editors and some of the world's top biologists, is vivid, readable, thoroughly informed, and richly enhanced with superb drawings and photographs.
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This comprehensive encyclopedia, expanded from one to three volumes and updated to include the latest scientific developments since the 1984 edition, should reach a broad audience. The information is presented in a consistent format, and color photographs, maps, and sketches make the set visually appealing. At the same time, each entry is authoritative and informative enough to be useful to students. The three volumes are divided into carnivores and sea mammals; primates and large herbivores; and marsupials/insect eaters/small herbivores. Mammals are subdivided first by order, whose common features are highlighted in a general essay, and then by family. Each family receives its own chapter, which begins with an overview of the characteristics of the family, including form and function, social behavior, distribution, and conservation and environment. Lesser-known species are treated as a group, with a brief description of each species. Each chapter includes a "Factfile" sidebar that gives a quick summary of the family's habitat, distribution, diet, breeding, longevity, and status. Families with many species have longer entries, which are supplemented by additional articles labeled "special feature." The third volume includes a complete species list and comprehensive index. As a three-volume set, this work is obviously more comprehensive than the single-volume Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's Wildlife (LJ 11/1/01), covering approximately 4600 species; however, Animal's 2000 species include nonmammals. Editor MacDonald, a respected scholar in the study of mammals and an award-winning filmmaker, has combined both skills to produce an excellent resource. Recommended for all libraries needing a comprehensive, up-to-date animal reference, though small libraries or those with limited budgets should get Animal. Debby Emerson, Rochester Regional Lib. Council, Fairport, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816064946
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Series: Facts on File Natural Science Library
  • Edition description: 3 Volume Set
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1000

Table of Contents

Primates 290
Why Primates Have Big Brains 302
Seeing in Color 304
Grooming and Family Life 306
Strepsirhines 308
Typical Lemurs 310
Sportive Lemurs 314
Dwarf and Mouse Lemurs 316
Indri, Sifakas, and Woolly Lemurs 320
Aye-aye 322
Bush Babies, Lorises, and Pottos 324
Monkeys and Tarsiers 330
Tarsiers 332
Marmosets and Tamarins 334
Capuchin-like Monkeys 344
Leafeaters of the New World 354
Guenons, Macaques, and Baboons 356
Friendships between the Sexes 360
Just Like Us? 366
A Male-Dominated Society 376
Monkeys in the Snow 378
Colobus and Leaf Monkeys 380
Why Primates Kill Their Young 392
Fruitful Cooperation 394
Apes 396
Gibbons 398
Defense by Singing 404
Chimpanzees 406
The Bushmeat Trade 413
Gorillas 414
Orangutans 420
Last Chance for the Orang? 424
Tree Shrews 426
Colugos 432
Subungulates 434
Elephants 436
An Elephant's Early Years 446
Hyraxes 448
Aardvark 452
Hoofed Mammals 454
Odd-Toed Ungulates 466
Horses, Zebras, and Asses 468
Tapirs 474
Rhinoceroses 476
Even-Toed Ungulates 482
Wild Pigs and Boars 484
Peccaries 488
Hippopotamuses 490
Camels and Llamas 496
Chevrotains 500
Musk Deer 502
Deer 504
Sex Ratio Manipulation in Red Deer 514
Sexual Partners on Parade 516
Reindeer Migration 518
Giraffe and Okapi 520
Giraffes and Plant Defenses 527
Pronghorn 528
Wild Cattle and Spiral-Horned Antelopes 530
Managing Bison in Yellowstone 540
Duikers 542
Grazing Antelopes 546
Solving the Masai Mara Mystery 556
A Specialist for Extremes 558
Gazelles and Dwarf Antelopes 560
Goat Antelopes 570
Age, Sex, and the Weather 576
Volume 2 Index viii
Picture and Artwork Credits xvi
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    Great great book for people who like animals

    I bought this book, just because I like the colorful photos and figures, and also it was only $30 for such a huge volume. Only later I found that I made the best purchase ever. This book is filled with thorough detailed scientific information about each species, and also colorful photos and drawings. Thus this is a very very good book for yourself and also your kids as well. I brought this to my laboratory (biological lab) and lots of my colleagues are buying it too. I gurantee that this will be one book you will never regret and will open again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2002

    The Perfect Reference Book

    Highly Recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2001

    Superior animal reference

    The Encyclopedia of Mammals is a huge 930 page book that weighs about 10 lbs. There are so many photographs and illustrations of different types of mammals that it's hard to look at them all in one sitting. It's divided up into categories: cat family, dog family, bears, weasels, whales, seals, primates, hoofed animals, rabbits, bats, rodents, marsupials and many more. They haven't left any living mammal out, including several you've never heard of. Each animal has a statistics file telling habitat, size, appearance, diet and longevity and also a map showing world distribution. Keep in mind that this is a book of wild mammals, so if you are looking for domestic dog breeds, you won't find it. There are detailed masterful articles about behavior, diet, social life, conservation, and other relevant topics, but they are written in everyday language. Anyone who likes mammals is sure to find something that they like about this book. Highly recommended.

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    Posted February 22, 2009

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