The Science Times Book of Mammals

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As do all the books in the Science Times series, this volume collects articles by award- winning Times journalists, carefully organized so that each builds upon the principles gleaned in the preceding article. The result is a well-rounded presentation of current theories and facts, which provides the reader with the knowledge to grasp fundamental truths about the way our world works. In this book mammals are explored, a group of animals of which we are but one subspecies. In order of ascending brain power, the ...
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Overview

As do all the books in the Science Times series, this volume collects articles by award- winning Times journalists, carefully organized so that each builds upon the principles gleaned in the preceding article. The result is a well-rounded presentation of current theories and facts, which provides the reader with the knowledge to grasp fundamental truths about the way our world works. In this book mammals are explored, a group of animals of which we are but one subspecies. In order of ascending brain power, the book reveals the bizarre behaviors of the rarest of creatures and little-known facts about common animals, from naked mole rats that colonize like bees and the two-foot-tall Himalayan flying squirrel, thought to be extinct, to the randy peacekeeping practices of bonobo chimpanzees of Zaire and the brutal and cunning courtship of dolphins, who depend on an exceedingly complicated social structure to get the job done. Startling discoveries of odd animals include male bats who lactate and a giant, man-size sloth that may still exist in the Amazon rain forest. Chapters elucidate, among other wonders, surprisingly cowardly lions and other cat relatives; returning wolves - including the landmark journalism on their reintroduction to Yellowstone Park - and their cousins foxes, hyenas, and African wild dogs; seafaring mammals including the placid manatees and disappearing right whales; primates; and, finally, a look at ourselves and how we relate to others in our mammalian class in regard to parenting, play, aggression, emotionality, sociability, and more. With the wonderful illustrations that originally appeared with the articles, and introductions to each chapter by Nicholas Wade, who guides readers through the maze of mammals, this book will fascinate naturalists, biologists, animal lovers, and students.
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Reprints 47 articles from the weekly science section about furry creatures. They are arranged in the human version of ascending intelligence: after knocking off everything from platypuses to rhinoceroses in a single section, rodents, cats, wolves and company, seafarers, and primates. The final section looks at mammalian aspects of humans. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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The Science Times Book of Mammals is an excellent collection of 47 well-written articles that originally appeared in the "Science Times" section of the New York Times from 1991 to 1998. The mammals covered were newsworthy over that period. The articles were written by some of the top science journalists (Natalie Angier, Jane E. Brody, and Les Line, for example) writing today. Many of the authors have written book-length treatments on scientific topics or written for science or nature periodicals.

The articles are loosely organized into seven sections, each with an introductory essay by the editor. The sections are titled "From Platypuses to Rhinoceroses" (a grab bag of topics covering bats, pronghorns, and polar bears, as well as the mammals of the title), "Realm of Rodents" (naked mole rats, gerbils, prairie dogs, and woodchucks), "Character of Cats" (lions, tigers, cheetahs, and hyenas), "Wolves and Company" (wolves, foxes, and African wild dogs), "Seafaring Mammals" (whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, and manatees), "The Primacy of Primates" (aye-ayes, chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, rhesus monkeys, and cotton-top tamarins), and "The Nature of the Mammal," a series of articles covering various general topics having to do with mammalian behavior.

Many of the articles deal with mammalian conservation issues, such as the protection and study of endangered species and the reintroduction of species to their native habitats. A series of articles on the wolf reintroduction program in Yellowstone Park lets the reader follow the history of the process and relive the ups and downs of the program. A number of the articles treat unusual mammals, such as the naked mole rat, the woollyflying squirrel, and the aye-aye. Several articles deal with mammalian anatomy and physiology, such as sea mammal diving physiology, brain function in bats, and hearing in manatees. Many of the articles are about mammalian behavior and adaptations to their environment. The articles are highly informative and interesting. After reading most of them, however, I was left with questions about how the research described in an article turned out, or I wanted to know more about the mammal described in the article.

The articles could be useful as short readings to introduce or supplement a variety of biological topics. They could also help get students started on research projects, by introducing them to some creature that they would like to study further. A few of the articles are enhanced with well-done line drawings. The absence of an index makes it difficult to use the book as a reference. Highly Recommended, Grades 7-College, Teaching Professional, General Audience. REVIEWER: Charles Watt (Burke High School)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558218925
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Series: Science Times Book of Series
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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