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  • ISBN-13: 9780756631116
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/16/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.95 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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Table of Contents


How to use this book     8
The Natural World     10
How life began     12
Evolution     14
Prehistoric life     16
How Living Things Work     18
Cells     20
Feeding and nutrition     22
Photosynthesis     24
Respiration     26
Reproduction     28
Courtship, mating, and parental care     30
Growth and development     32
Movement on land     34
Movement in air     36
Movement in water     38
Rhythms of life     40
Senses     42
Communication     44
Migration and navigation     46
Defense 1     48
Defense 2     50
Hunting     52
Social animals     54
Partners and parasites     56
Animal homes     58
Coping with extremes     60
Ecology     62
Nutrient cycles     64
Food chains and webs     66
Oceans     68
Seashores and tidepools     70
Coral reefs     72
Wetlands     74
Rivers, lakes, and ponds     76
Coniferous forests     78
Deciduous forests     80
Tropical rainforests     82
Grasslands     84
Deserts     86
Mountains and caves     88
Polar regions     90
People and plants     92
People and animals     94
People and nature     96
Pests and weeds     98
Animals in danger     100
Plants in danger     102
Habitats in danger     104
Conservation     106
How Living Things are Classified     108
Bacteria and viruses     110
Single-celled organisms     112
Fungi     114
Plants     116
Algae and lichens     118
Mosses and liverworts     120
Ferns and horsetails     122
Conifers and cycads     124
Flowering plants     126
Flowers and seeds     128
Palms     130
Broadleaved trees     132
Grasses and sedges     134
Parasitic and epiphytic plants     136
Carnivorous plants      138
Animals     140
Invertebrates     142
Worms     144
Jellyfish and corals     146
Snails and slugs     148
Bivalves     150
Octopuses and squid     152
Starfish and sea urchins     154
Arthropods     156
Crustaceans     158
Spiders, scorpions, and mites     160
Insects     162
Cockroaches, fleas, and lice     164
Grasshoppers and crickets     166
Dragonflies, mayflies, and mantids     168
Bugs     170
Beetles     172
Flies     174
Butterflies and moths     176
Ants and termites     178
Bees and wasps     180
Vertebrates     182
Fish     184
Sharks and rays     186
Bony fish 1     188
Bony fish 2     190
Amphibians     192
Salamanders and newts     194
Frogs and toads     196
Reptiles     198
Tortoises and turtles     200
Lizards     202
Snakes     204
Crocodiles and alligators      206
Birds     208
Flightless birds     210
Seabirds     212
Ducks, geese, and swans     214
Wading birds     216
Birds of prey     218
Game birds     220
Parrots     222
Owls     224
Swifts and swallows     226
Songbirds     228
Tropical birds     230
Mammals     232
Monotremes     234
Marsupials     236
Insectivores     238
Bats     240
Armadillos and anteaters     242
Rabbits and hares     244
Rodents     246
Bears     248
Raccoons and pandas     250
Dogs     252
Badgers, weasels, and otters     254
Cats     256
Civets, mongooses, and hyenas     258
Seals and manatees     260
Whales     262
Dolphins and porpoises     264
Elephants and hyraxes     266
Horses, asses, and zebras     268
Rhinos and tapirs     270
Hippos and pigs     272
Giraffes and camels      274
Deer     276
Cattle and antelope     278
Primates     280
Monkeys     282
Apes     284
Reference Section
Classification 1     286
Classification 2     288
Glossary     290
Index     294
Picture credits     302
Acknowledgments     304
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