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The Naming of the Shrew

by John Wright

Latin names – frequently unpronounceable, all too often wrong and always a tiny puzzle to unravel – have been annoying the layman since they first became formalised as scientific terms in the eighteenth...


Ravens in Winter

by Bernd Heinrich

“One of the most interesting discoveries I’ve seen in animal sociobiology in years.” E.O. Wilson

Why do ravens, generally understood to be solitary creatures, share food between each other during winter?...


Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus

by David Quammen

“A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story.” —Walter Isaacson

In 1976 a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest. As swiftly as it came, it disappeared,...


Flying Dinosaurs: How Fearsome Reptiles Became Birds

by John Pickrell

The discovery of stunning, feathered dinosaur fossils coming out of China since 2006 suggests that these creatures were much more bird-like than paleontologists previously imagined. Further evidence—bones,...


The Bald Eagle: Haunts and Habits of a Wilderness Monarch

by Jon M. Gerrard & Gary R. Bortolotti

The Bald Eagle is a comprehensive description of the morphology, behavior, flight patterns, hunting, migration, nesting, development, and growth of bald eagles.


The Walking Whales: From Land to Water in Eight Million Years

by J. G. M. "Hans" Thewissen

Hans Thewissen, a leading researcher in the field of whale paleontology and anatomy, gives a sweeping first-person account of the discoveries that brought to light the early fossil record of whales. As evidenced...


Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife

by John M. Marzluff & Jack DeLap

Welcome to Subirdia presents a surprising discovery: the suburbs of many large cities support incredible biological diversity. Populations and communities of a great variety of birds, as well as other creatures,...


In Praise of Bees: A Cabinet of Curiosities

by Elizabeth Birchall

This fascinating and comprehensive book explores the bee’s place in human society from prehistoric cave paintings and inscribed clay tablets through to our contemporary world – a cabinet whose drawers are...


Crap Taxidermy

by Kat Su

A humorous look at what happens when taxidermy goes terribly wrong, by the founder of the hit website crappytaxidermy.com.

A relaxed toad enjoying a smoke and a brew. A cat with eerily flexible front legs. A...


The Red Canary: The Story of the First Genetically Engineered Animal

by Tim Birkhead

Winner of the Consul Cremer Prize, The Red Canary follows the compelling quest to turn the green canary red.

The creation of Dolly the sheep in the 1990s was for many people the start of a new era: the age of...


Longhorned Woodboring Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae and Disteniidae)

by Steven W. Lingafelter, Eugenio H. Nearns & Gérard L. Tavakilian

In terms of quantity and breadth, the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of longhorned woodboring beetles is one of the most important in the world. The effort to establish and describe this collection began...


Lemon Trees and Bumblebees

by Diane Sherrouse

Lemon Trees and Bumblebees presents the magic of pollination, the dance of bees and flowers, to a young audience. With engaging wit and charm, using just the right combination of creative descriptions and fanciful...


Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast

by Rich Stallcup & Jules Evens

The Northern California coast--from Monterey County to the Oregon border--is home to some of the richest avian habitats on the North American continent. Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast...


Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction

by Thom van Dooren

A leading figure in the emerging field of extinction studies, Thom van Dooren puts philosophy into conversation with the natural sciences and his own ethnographic encounters to vivify the cultural and ethical...


Nature's Nether Regions: What the Sex Lives of Bugs, Birds, and Beasts Tell Us AboutEvolution, Biodiversity, and Ourselves

by Menno Schilthuizen

The story of evolution as you've never heard it before

What's the easiest way to tell species apart? Check their genitals. Researching private parts was long considered taboo, but scientists are now beginning...


Ecology of the Marine Fishes of Cuba

by Rodolfo Claro, Kenyon C. Lindeman & Lynne R. Parenti

Situated at the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba's coastal waters are home to one of the most diverse fish faunas in the Western Hemisphere. However, until now,...


A Sting in the Tale

by Dave Goulson

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GREAT NATURE WRITERS SUCH AS E.O. WILSON AND CHARMING MEMOIRS LIKE GERALD DURRELL'S MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS, THIS FASCINATING BOOK WILL ALTER THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT BUMBLEBEES....


Animals in the Ancient World from A to Z

by Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr.

The ancient Greeks and Romans lived in a world teeming with animals. Animals were integral to ancient commerce, war, love, literature and art. Inside the city they were found as pets, pests, and parasites. They...


Flowers, butterflies, insects, caterpillars and serpents...

by Luca Stefano Cristini

In those years, Europe was full of bonfires committed to make a clean sweep of witches. At the same time a young scientist: Sybilla Merian, daughter of the well-known German engraver Matthaeus Merian, was instead...


The Double-crested Cormorant

by Linda R. Wires

The double-crested cormorant, found only in North America, is an iridescent black waterbird superbly adapted to catch fish. It belongs to a family of birds vilified since biblical times and persecuted around...