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Galapagos
Galapagos
Hardcover      ISBN: 0847811204
A photographic essay on the archipelago that was the genesis for Darwin's theory
Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natu
Panda's Thumb
More Reflections in Natu
Mass Market Paperback      ISBN: 0393300234
In a series of essays giving careful consideration to the theory of evolution, Gould examines some of the more intriguing mysteries of the topic, studying the Piltdown Man hoax, the deceleration of earth's rotation, and other phenomena
John James Audubon
John James Audubon
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810919737
Published in association with the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. This beautifully produced oversize (9x11.5) volume contains 104 thoroughly captioned illustrations (55 plates in color) accompanying a narrative profile of the man and his work as naturalist and artist. The author, an art historian and former curator of the New York Historical Society, is an authority on Audubon and on the art and culture of 19th-century America. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are
Our Inner Ape
A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are
Paperback      ISBN: 1594481962
Argues that such social virtues as cooperation, empathy, and morality are as genetically inherent as aggressive and competitive behaviors, drawing on research with two ape species whose DNA most closely resembles that of humans to explain how ape instincts can inform readers about human behavior. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe
Through a Window
My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe
Paperback      ISBN: 0547336950
Through a Window is the dramatic saga of thirty years in the life of an intimately intertwined community—one that reads like a novel, but is one of the most important scientific works ever published. The community is Gombe, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, where the principal residents are chimpanzees and one extraordinary woman who is their student, protector, and historian. In her classic In the Shadow of Man, Jane Goodall wrote of her first ten years at Gombe. In Through a Window she brings the story up to the present, painting a more complete and vivid portrait of our closest relatives. We watch young Figan’s relentless rise to power and old Mike’s crushing defeat. We learn how one mother rears her children to succeed and another dooms hers to failure. We witness horrifying murders, touching moments of affection, joyous births, and wrenching deaths. In short, we see every emotion known to humans stripped to its essence. In the mirror of chimpanzee life, we see ourselves reflected.
Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape
Arctic Dreams
Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape
Paperback      ISBN: 0375727485
A passionate tour of the Arctic landscape covers such topics as the aurora borealis, polar bears, killer whales, migrating icebergs, the region's indigenous people, and the author's spiritual experiences there. Winner of the National Book Award. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
The Atlas of Bird Migration: Tracing the Great Journeys of the World's Birds
The Atlas of Bird Migration
Tracing the Great Journeys of the World's Birds
Paperback      ISBN: 1554079713
"The photos and illustrations in this large volume are so beautiful that one is tempted to skim the text. ... That, however, would be a mistake: while brief, the text provides all the information readers need to understand the how, why and where of bird migration." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Naturalist
Naturalist
Paperback      ISBN: 0446671991
Harvard University's Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist and world-famous champion of Earth's biological diversity looks back over his lifelong enchantment with the natural world and outlines the main principles of evolutionary biology. Reissue. NYT.
Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose: Natural History in Early America
Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose
Natural History in Early America
Hardcover      ISBN: 0226169146
Capturing the essence of the origin and evolution of the so-called "degeneracy debates," over whether the flora and fauna of America (including Native Americans) were naturally weaker and feebler than species elsewhere in the world, this book chronicles Thomas Jefferson's efforts to counter French conceptions of American degeneracy, culminating in his sending of a stuffed moose to Buffon.
Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing
Zoobiquity
What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0307593487
In the tradition of Temple Grandin, Oliver Sacks, and Neil Shubin, cardiologist and psychiatrist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and science writer Kathryn Bowers look at the remarkable correspondences between the way human beings and animals live, die, get sick, and heal in their natural settings, delving into an array of disciplines--evolution, anthropology, sociology, biology, cutting-edge medicine, and zoology--to provide a revelatory understanding of what animals can teach us about the human body and mind. "Zoobiquity" is the term the authors have coined to refer to a new, species-spanning approach to health. After being called in to consult on a case of heart failure in a monkey at the Los Angeles Zoo, Natterson-Horowitz found herself launched on a journey of discovery that reshaped her entire approach to medicine. In Zoobiquity, she uses fascinating case studies and scholarship to explore the ways in which what we know about animal and human commonality can be used to diagnose, treat, and ultimately heal human patients.