The New York Times Book of Mammals: Revised and Expanded

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The New York Times Book of Mammals gathers the best articles about our warm-blooded, big-brained cousins from the pages of the paper's award-winning Science Times section. The book is carefully organized so that each article builds upon the principles gleaned from the preceding article. The result provides fundamental truths about the way our world and its mammalian inhabitants work. In order of ascending brain power, the book reveals the bizarre behaviors of unusual creatures and little-known facts about common ...
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Overview

The New York Times Book of Mammals gathers the best articles about our warm-blooded, big-brained cousins from the pages of the paper's award-winning Science Times section. The book is carefully organized so that each article builds upon the principles gleaned from the preceding article. The result provides fundamental truths about the way our world and its mammalian inhabitants work. In order of ascending brain power, the book reveals the bizarre behaviors of unusual creatures and little-known facts about common animals, from naked mole rats that colonize like bees to the peacekeeping practices of bonobo chimpanzees and the brutal and cunning courtship among dolphins. Full of insights about mammalian parenting, play, aggression, emotions, and more, The New York Times Book of Mammals will fascinate naturalists, biologists, and animal lovers of every stripe.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781585746460
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Series: New York Times
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 From Platypuses to Rhinoceroses 3
If a Platypus Had a Dream, What Would It Mean? 5
Legendary Giant Sloth Sought by Scientists in Amazon Rain Forest 11
Far from Fearsome, Bats Lose Ground to Ignorance and Greed 15
Amid Maze of Signals, Bats' Brains Can Form Precise Images of Prey 23
Pronghorn's Speed May Be Legacy of Past Predators 27
Tracking Down Michigan Moose No. 9 for a Six-Hundred-Mile Checkup 32
For Arctic Data, Ask a Polar Bear 37
Experts Race to Save Dwindling Rhinos 41
Even Shorn of Horns, Rhinos of Zimbabwe Face Poacher Calamity 46
2 The Realm of Rodents 51
Female Gerbil Born with Males Is Found to be Begetter of Sons 54
The Strange Dark World of the Naked Mole Rat 58
Prairie-Dog Colonies Bolster Life in the Plains 66
Woolly Flying Squirrel, Long Thought Extinct, Shows Up in Pakistan 73
Woodchucks Are in the Lab, but Their Body Clocks Are Wild 77
3 The Character of Cats 81
Survival of the Big Cats Brings Conflict with Man 83
Please Say It Isn't So, Simba: The Noble Lion Can Be a Coward 91
Cheetahs Appear Vigorous Despite Inbreeding 96
Medicinal Potions May Doom Tiger to Extinction 101
Hyenas' Hormone Flow Puts Females in Charge 106
4 Wolves and Company 113
Red Foxes Thriving in Suburban Woods 115
Wolf's Howl Heralds Change for Old Haunts 122
As the Wolf Turns: A Saga of Yellowstone 129
The Endangered Timber Wolf Makes a Surprising Comeback 135
Wolves May Reintroduce Themselves to East 139
The Most Social of Wild Canids Struggles for Survival 144
In Long-Running Wolf-Moose Drama, Wolves Recover from Disaster 149
5 Seafaring Mammals 155
Dolphin Courtship: Brutal, Cunning and Complex 158
Sea Lions to Report on Behavior of Whales 165
Hearing of Manatees May Prove to Be Key to Protecting Species 172
Picky Eaters in Monterey Bay Who Dabble in Petty Theft 177
Paternity Tests Unsully Wild Reputation of Faithful Gray Seal 180
Deep Underwater, the Breath of Life 185
Calving of Right Whales Faces New Threats 190
6 The Primacy of Primates 197
Bizarre Baby Raises Hopes for an Endangered Primate 199
Cotton-Top Tamarins: Cooperative, Pacifist and Close to Extinct 206
Status Isn't Everything, at Least for Monkeys 212
Orangutan Hybrid, Bred to Save Species, Now Seen as Pollutant 218
Bonobo Society: Amicable, Amorous and Run by Females 224
In Society of Female Chimps, Subtle Signs of Vital Status 227
Meat Viewed as Staple of Chimp Diet and Mores 231
7 The Nature of the Mammal 237
Why Babies Are Born Facing Backward, Helpless and Chubby 239
The Purpose of Playful Frolics: Training for Adulthood 246
Scientists Mull Role of Empathy in Man and Beast 252
Animals That Are Peerless Athletes 258
Mother's Milk Found to Be Potent Cocktail of Hormones 264
What Makes a Parent Put Up with It All? 270
Illuminating How Bodies Are Built for Sociability 274
8 The Latest from the Field 281
In Mandrill Society, Life is a Girl Thing 283
Forces Are Joined to Track an Elusive, Endangered Cheetah 289
When Nature Discovers the Same Design Over and Over 293
The Call of the Wild Takes Its Toll on Reindeer 299
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