The Encyclopedia of Animals: A Complete Visual Guide

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The Encyclopedia of Animals is a lavishly illustrated, authoritative, and comprehensive exploration of the rich and intriguing world of animals. Written by an international team of specialists, spectacularly adorned with a gallery of more than 2,000 color illustrations, and supplemented with distribution maps, detailed and beautifully rendered diagrams, and some of the world's finest wildlife photographs, this volume will become the standard by which all others are measured. Each page is expertly laid out to ...

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Overview

The Encyclopedia of Animals is a lavishly illustrated, authoritative, and comprehensive exploration of the rich and intriguing world of animals. Written by an international team of specialists, spectacularly adorned with a gallery of more than 2,000 color illustrations, and supplemented with distribution maps, detailed and beautifully rendered diagrams, and some of the world's finest wildlife photographs, this volume will become the standard by which all others are measured. Each page is expertly laid out to enhance either browsing or in-depth study. Readers will find detailed coverage of all sorts of animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and invertebrates.

The Encyclopedia includes an introductory overview of animal evolution, biology, behavior, classification, habitats, and current conservation issues. An extensive encyclopedic survey of the animals follows, with special attention given to endangered and vulnerable species. All information is completely up-to-date, with the most recent scientific and conservation data.

Elegant graphics put a broad selection of information at readers' fingertips, including classification information, scientific and common names, distribution maps for all animal groups, conservation panels that focus on threatened species, accurate and detailed anatomical drawings, and illustrations of multiple species. Each section is color coded for easy identification of animal groups. Feature pages explore topics of particular interest and provide insights into animal behavior. With its expansive scope, richly detailed information, and inviting design, this will be the ideal reference for a broad range of uses.

* Completely up-to-date, with the most recent scientific information and conservation data

* A gallery of more than 2,000 illustrations

* Authoritative text contributed by a team of international specialists

* Lavish color photographs from leading wildlife photographers

* Distribution maps for all animal groups

* Detailed explanatory scientific diagrams

* Feature pages exploring topics of particular interest and providing insights into animal behavior

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Editorial Reviews

Interrupted) Living The Scientific Life (Scientist
“This book would be an ideal introduction to zoology for school and public libraries.”
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"This book would be an ideal introduction to zoology for school and public libraries."--Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)
Library Journal
A team of international wildlife experts-among them McKay (mammals), Fred Cooke (birds), Stephen Hutchinson (fish), Richard Vogt (reptiles and amphibians) and Hunge Dingle (invertebrates)-has collaborated to create this comprehensive, fact-filled encyclopedia. Lavishly illustrated, with nearly 500 color photographs and a total of 2000 illustrations, the book starts with an introduction to animal evolution, biology, behavior, classification, habitats, and current conservation issues. This is followed by a survey of animals, divided into the standard taxonomic classifications of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and invertebrates. Each section begins with an overview of the group in general, then is broken down into chapters featuring specific subgroups. Icons and symbols indicate habitat, size, weight, and social and reproductive habits of the various species. While of high quality, this work is somewhat overshadowed by DK's visually stunning Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's Wildlife (2001). The organization of the two books is virtually the same, but the latter is more lavishly illustrated, contains more photographs, and presents more detailed information. Bottom Line This modestly priced volume is a worthwhile purchase for budget-conscious libraries. Those less concerned with price should opt for DK's Animal (ISBN 0-7894-7764-5. $75.)-Deborah Emerson, Rochester Regional Lib. Council, Fairport, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520244061
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/3/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 287,089
  • Product dimensions: 10.72 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

George McKay (mammals) is an independent consultant in conservation biology who lives in Sydney, Australia. He has contributed to Fauna of Australia and Zoological Catalogue of Australia. He is the editor of Encyclopedia of Biodiversity and Conservation. Fred Cooke (birds) was Chair of Wildlife Ecology at Simon Fraser University. He is President-Elect of the American Ornithologists Union and lives in Norfolk, England, where he is associated with the British Trust for Ornithology. Stephen Hutchinson (fish) is a Senior Fellow at the Southampton Oceanography Centre. Richard Vogt (reptiles and amphibians) is Curator of Herpetology and Professor at the National
Institute for Amazon Research in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Hugh Dingle (invertebrates) is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis, where he was also Director of the Center for Animal Behavior.

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Table of Contents

How to use this book

THE ANIMAL WORLD
Animal life
Animals through the ages
Classifying animals
Biology and behavior
Habitats and adaptation
Animals in danger

MAMMALS

Introducing mammals
Monotremes
Marsupials
Anteaters

Insectivores
Tree shrews
Flying lemurs
Bats
Primates
Carnivores
Whales and dolphins
Sea cows
Elephants
Hoofed mammals
Hyraxes
Aardvark
Pangolins
Rodents
Lagomorphs
Elephant shrews

BIRDS

Introducing birds
Ratites and tinamous
Penguins
Divers and grebes
Albatrosses and petrels
Pelicans
Herons
Waterfowl
Birds of prey
Gamebirds
Cranes
Waders
Pigeons
Parrots and cockatoos
Cuckoos and turacos
Owls
Nightjars and frogmouths
Hummingbirds and swifts
Mousebirds and trogons
Kingfishers
Woodpeckers and toucans
Passerines

REPTILES

Introducing reptiles
Tortoises and turtles
Crocodilians
Lizards
Snakes

AMPHIBIANS

Introducing amphibians
Salamanders and newts
Caecilians
Frogs and toads

FISHES

Introducing fishes
Jawless fishes
Sharks and rays
Bony fishes
Fleshy-finned fishes
Lungfishes
Bonytongues
Eels and tarpons
Sardines
Catfishes
Salmon
Dragonfishes
Lanternfishes
Cod and anglerfishes
Spiny-rayed fishes

INVERTEBRATES

Introducing invertebrates
Sponges
Cnidarians
Jellies
Worms
Spiders
Centipedes and millipedes
Crustaceans
Mollusks
Echinoderms

Insects

Glossary

Index
Contributors
Acknowledgments

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

    Amazing!

    I'm an animal lover, and loved reading Zoobooks growing up, but am now 16 and wanted a step up from them. This is i complete, more advanced version of a Zoobook. It's perfect, it shows mammals, birds, fish, invertibrates, reptiles and amphibians perfectly with accurate drawings. This book is loaded with animal info, and I'll be able to referance it for a long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2009

    GREAT book!!!

    This was a Christmas present for my 3 yr old daughter. She loves animals and she loved this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2009

    Good Basic Reference

    Good basic book for anyone who wants to increase his zoological knowledge of the animal world.

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