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"This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date field guide to the mammals of North America. Written by two leading authorities, no other reference covers all resident species north of Mexico, mammals large and small. With full-color illustrations for every one of the 442 species, Mammals of North America shows the user how to identify any mammal encountered, from mouse to moose, bat to baleen whale, Abert's Squirrel to the Yuma Myotis." The core of the book consists of 108 color plates featuring exceptionally detailed mammal illustrations. Each species is depicted on these plates, with subspecies, geographic, and sexual variation portrayed whenever relevant. The artwork is supplemented by maps showing present range and by a short paragraph of text highlighting key identification characteristics and relevant aspects of the animal's behavior and ecology. All the artwork, maps, and text for a species are on two facing pages, eliminating the need to flip through the book to learn about an animal. Mammal signs are often more easily found than the animals themselves, so illustrations of tracks and scat are also included.
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Lavishly illustrated (108 color plates), this Princeton Field Guide shows all 442 of North America's mammal species north of Mexico. Rats, bats, and cats live next to whales, manatees, and seals. From large carnivores such as bears to tiny seed lovers such as mice, voles, shrews, chipmunks and gophers, this book gives the location and habits of each creature, even down to their scats and distinctive tracks. The color paintings of the mammals are beautifully detailed. A must for anyone who steps outside and wants to know his neighbors. (Princeton Field Guides). KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Princeton Univ. Press, 240p. illus. index.,
— Janet Julian
From the Publisher
Praise for the first edition: "Will be welcomed by amateur naturalists and field biologists."—Science

Praise for the first edition: "Makes all other field guides for mammals of the United States (exclusive of Hawaii) and Canada obsolete."—Jerry R. Choate, Journal of Mammalogy

Praise for the first edition: Sets new standards in field guides. A must for any biological traveller to the US or Canada, as well as for residents."—Adrian Barnett, New Scientist

"Probably the easiest to use of the field guides to the mammals of North America."—Ian Palsen, Birdbooker Report

"When it comes to field guides, Princeton University Press has long held a position of honor and respect among both professional and amateur naturalists for consistently providing exceptional levels of accuracy and attention to detail. With its new and updated illustrations, revised identification information, and the addition of twenty recently recognized species to its contents, the new second edition of Mammals of North America by Roland Kays and Don Wilson more than upholds this well-earned reputation."—John Riutta, The Well-read Naturalist

"This is an excellent, handy field guide in the Princeton Field Guides series."—Robert Hoopes, Wildlife Activist

"This is a perfect guide for naturalists of all ages and skill levels. . . . [A] wonderfully compact and easy to use field guide."—Birdfreak.com

"This is a truly indispensable guide for the experienced mammal watcher as well as a real treat to the novice. . . . With 112 color plates covering 462 species of North American mammals, the guide is up-to-date, accurate, handsome and handy. If you only have one reference to your local furry friends, be sure this one is on your book shelf."—Cathy Taibbi, Wildlife Conservation Examiner, Examiner.com

"Many people with a 'nose for nature' want to identify whatever they see and certainly for North America this would be the book to have in your pocket. . . . This book is aimed at both professional mammalogists and amateur naturalists and would be great for travellers."—Helen Ashton, Reference Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691070124
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/7/2002
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6
Introduction 7
Species Included 8
What Is a Species? 8
What Information Is Included? 8
What Information Is Not Included? 10
Further Reading 10
Recommended Internet Resources 10
Using This Book to Identify a Mammal 11
Quick Mammal ID Chart 12
How Are Mammals Related? 16
Mammal Measurements and Anatomy 17
Species Plates 18
Glossary 240
Index 242

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