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Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird That Powers Civilization
Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?
The Epic Saga of the Bird That Powers Civilization
Hardcover      ISBN: 1476729891
From ancient empires to modern economics, veteran journalist Andrew Lawler delivers a sweeping history of the animal that has been most crucial to the spread of civilization across the globe—the chicken. Queen Victoria was obsessed with it. Socrates’ last words were about it. Charles Darwin and Louis Pasteur made their scientific breakthroughs using it. Catholic popes, African shamans, Chinese philosophers, and Muslim mystics praised it. Throughout the history of civilization, humans have embraced it in every form imaginable—as a messenger of the gods, powerful sex symbol, gambling aid, emblem of resurrection, all-purpose medicine, handy research tool, inspiration for bravery, epitome of evil, and, of course, as the star of the world’s most famous joke. In Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?, science writer Andrew Lawler takes us on an adventure from prehistory to the modern era with a fascinating account of the partnership between human and chicken (the most successful of all cross-species relationships). Beginning with the recent discovery in Montana that the chicken’s unlikely ancestor is T. rex, this book builds on Lawler’s popular Smithsonian cover article, “How the Chicken Conquered the World
Why We Run: A Natural History
Why We Run
A Natural History
Paperback      ISBN: 0060958707
The award-winning author of Mind of the Raven uses lessons from the animal kingdom to build a training program for runners, emphasizing psychological and physiological factors that give humans an edge. Originally published as Racing the Antelope. Reprint.
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.
The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us
The Human Age
The World Shaped by Us
Paperback      ISBN: 0393351645
Explores how human beings have become the dominant force shaping Earth's future by subduing three-quarters of the planet's surface, tinkering with nature, and altering the climate.
Waterfowl in Winter
Waterfowl in Winter
Paperback      ISBN: 0816615713
The emphasis in research on waterfowl has traditionally focused on breeding as opposed to migrant or wintering birds. Scientists have long been interested in courtship, nest sites, laying, and brood-rearing, and they have also been concerned about losses of eggs, young, nesting hens, and breeding habitats, especially as they have affected the goal of increasing populations. But lately there has been an upsurge of interest and research on the migratory and wintering phases, and this volume offers ample evidence of the knowledge gained. The authors - 105 waterfowl biologists - have contributed 47 chapters that range geographically from Alaska to northern South America, and from the Pacific Northwest to Nova Scotia and Florida. Their subjects include: --distributional changes due to human influence --population trends and concerns over less common species --pairing and other behavior that occurs in the wintering areas and is vital to the success of the species --feeding ecology and body condition during winter --new habitats created by such activities as aquaculture and park development --losses of habitat due to development and drainage for alternate uses --lead poisoning and pollutants that are detrimental to waterfowl --habitat management for maintenance of successful populations now and in the future Also presented are reports of workshop discussions outlining current issues and future research needs. Preparation of this volume was assisted by an editorial board comprising Bruce J. J. Batt, Robert H. Chabreck, Leigh H. Fredrickson, and Dennis G. Raveling.
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 Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World's Most Coveted Fish
The Dragon Behind the Glass
A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World's Most Coveted Fish
Hardcover      ISBN: 1451678940
A tour of the surprising world of the endangered Asian arowana, otherwise known as the "dragon fish," describes the violence, expense, cultural beliefs and sophisticated smuggling operations surrounding its illegal possession, tracing the author's years-long quest in search of surviving populations.
Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts
Frankenstein's Cat
Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts
Paperback      ISBN: 0374534241
This thought-provoking examination of the most current advances in cloning technology, which can reproduce a cherished pet, protect endangered species, create disease-resistant livestock and more, takes readers on a wild ride through a world where science fiction is fast becoming reality. 20,000 first printing.
Wildlife of the Galapagos
Wildlife of the Galapagos
Paperback      ISBN: 0691102953
The Galápagos is a truly special place. Unlike the rest of the world's archipelagoes, it still has 95 percent of its prehuman quota of species. Wildlife of the Galápagos is the most superbly illustrated and comprehensive identification guide ever to the natural splendor of these incomparable islands--islands today threatened by alien species and diseases that have diminished but not destroyed what so enchanted Darwin on his arrival there in 1835. Covering over 200 commonly seen birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, and plants, it reveals the archipelago's striking beauty through more than 400 color photographs, maps, and drawings and well-written, informative text.While the Galápagos Giant Tortoise, the Galápagos Sea Lion, and the Flightless Cormorant are recognized the world over, these thirty-three islands--in the Pacific over 600 miles from mainland Ecuador--are home to many more unique but less famous species. Here, reptiles well outnumber mammals, for they were much better at drifting far from a continent the archipelago was never connected with; the largest native land mammals are rice rats. The islands' sixty resident bird species include the only penguin to breed entirely in the tropics and to inhabit the Northern Hemisphere.There is a section offering tips on photography in the Equatorial sunlight, and maps of visitors' sites as well as information on the archipelago's history, climate, geology, and conservation. Wildlife of the Galápagos is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to know what so delighted Darwin. * Covers over 200 commonly seen species including birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, plants, and coastal and marine life * Illustrated with over 400 color photographs, maps, and drawings; includes maps of visitors' sites * Written by wildlife experts with extensive knowledge of the area * Includes information on the history, climate, geology, and conservation of the islands * The most complete identification guide to the wildlife of the Galápagos
Octopus!: The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea
Octopus!
The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea
Paperback      ISBN: 1617230146
An all-encompassing survey of the mysterious cephalopod draws on the author's transatlantic expeditions and interviews with leading experts to cover the scientific discoveries, mythologies and cultural meals associated with the octopus.