Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guideby Richard W. Thorington Jr., Katie E. Ferrell
Did you know that a groundhog is really a type of squirrel? That squirrels control their body temperature with their tails? That most squirrels have yellow-tinted eye lenses that work like sunglasses to reduce glare? That tree squirrels can turn their hind feet completely around when climbing down a tree head-first? In Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide,/i>
Did you know that a groundhog is really a type of squirrel? That squirrels control their body temperature with their tails? That most squirrels have yellow-tinted eye lenses that work like sunglasses to reduce glare? That tree squirrels can turn their hind feet completely around when climbing down a tree head-first? In Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide, Richard W. Thorington Jr. and Katie Ferrell unveil the fascinating world of one of the "most watched" mammals on the planet.
The diversity of squirrels is astounding. There are 278 species that inhabit all continents except Antarctica and Australia—varying in size from the lumbering 18-pound gray marmot to the graceful pygmy flying squirrel that is smaller than most mice. In many parts of the world they readily share human habitats, joining us for lunch in a city park, raiding our bird feeders, and sneaking into college dorm rooms through open windows. Reviled as pests or loved as an endearing amusement, squirrels have played important roles in trade, literature, and mythology.
Thorington and Ferrell cover every aspect of this diverse animal family, from the first squirrels of 36 million years ago to the present day. With over one hundred photographs and an intuitive question-and-answer format, this authoritative and engaging guide sheds light on a common mammal that is anything but commonplace.
William L. Gannon
Michael A. Steele
- Johns Hopkins University Press
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- Animal Answer Guides: Q&A for the Curious Naturalist
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Richard W. Thorington, Jr. is a curator of mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. For many years Katie Ferrell was Dr. Thorington's research assistant at the Smithsonian.
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I live in the midst of many squirrels. I wanted to know what they are really up to when they chase through the trees. I finished the book no wiser than when I started. I didn't care about giant African ground squirrels before I read the book and I still don't. The black-and-white pictures are interesting and they would be even more interesting if they weren't so murky. The color pictures are excellent but do not convey any information about the subjects and have no reference to the text. Mr. Thorington is obviously a knowledgeable scholar but he did not write a book for the amateur squirrel-peeper and I doubt it is of much use to the serious biologist.
An easy read of in-depth, science based information on squirrels all around the world. An excellent reference, though not written or organized like a typical text. Everything, maybe more than you ever wanted to know about the global family of squirrels.
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