Extraordinary Animals: An Encyclopedia of Curious and Unusual Animals

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - Nature - 298 pages
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Animals have existed on Earth for many hundreds of millions of years. In that time they have evolved into a great variety of forms, exploiting nearly every habitat the planet has to offer. In the dark depths of the oceans, in the seemingly inhospitable Polar Regions, in the driest deserts, even within the bodies of other animals, there are animal species that have developed unique and extraordinary means of surviving and thriving. "Extraordinary Animals: An Encyclopedia of Curious and Unusual Animals" is an exploration of those members of the animal kingdom who possess strange and bizarre adaptations that allow them to survive in the most extreme environments, or whose complex lives can only be said to be bewildering. From the tar-baby termite to the blue whale, from the harpy eagle to the naked mole rat, these species reflect the exceptionally broad spectrum of life, showing just how diverse the animal kingdom is.

"Extraordinary Animals" has been thoroughly researched for scientific accuracy, but is accessibly written in everyday language.

Each entry includes a description of the animal, an explanation of its odd behavior, other interesting scientific and trivial facts, and black and white illustrations. In addition, a fun and interactive Go Look section encourages readers to go look for the animals in the outside world.

  

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User Review  - joririchardson - LibraryThing

This book covers a good collection of animals, with a 1 - 3 page article of information on each, plus what they look like, their territory, and bullet points of additional information. I don't know ... Read full review

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Contents

ANIMAL COLLECTIVES
1
DEFENSIVE TACTICS
31
3 THE QUEST FOR FOOD
61
SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM OF MOVEMENT
113
5 LOOKING OUT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
147
PARASITISM
173
SEX AND REPRODUCTION
211
SURVIVING EXTREMES
239
GLOSSARY
283
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
289
INDEX
291
ABOUT THE AUTOR AND ILLUSTRATOR
299
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About the author (2007)

ROSS PIPER has a Ph.D. in enomology from the University of Leeds. He lives in Hertfordshire, UK.

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