Deadly Beautiful: Vanishing Killers of the Animal Kingdom

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Exisle Publishing, 2011 - Nature - 272 pages
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Did you know that the humble marmot is responsible for more than one billion human deaths? Or that it’s possible to be bitten by a snake’s head for up to an hour after it’s been decapitated? On the flip side, for every person bitten by a shark each year, 25 people are bitten by New Yorkers. It seems that truth sometimes is stranger than fiction!These facts and many more appear in this fascinating tribute to our world’s ‘deadly’ wildlife. At its heart, however, 'Deadly Beautiful' makes a passionate plea for us to learn to better cohabit with our fellow residents of planet Earth. Ever-increasing concern for the fate of the environment and the world’s endangered wildlife means that this book is a particularly timely addition to the world of natural history publishing. Dr Liana Joy Christensen, one of Australia’s foremost nature writers, takes a fresh and entertaining look at the ‘deadly’ animals with which humans have for so long enjoyed a love–hate relationship. These animals are generally not the aggressors nor the lethal killing machines that mythology and tradition would have us believe. Most also serve vital roles in maintaining the ecological balance of their habitats, while their fascinating behaviour and often striking beauty make them worthy of close study, particularly as so many of them are facing the worst death of all — extinction.Beautifully illustrated, 'Deadly Beautiful' is certain to foster a new understanding and appreciation of these incredible animals and their importance on a global scale.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Snakes
21
Crocodiles alligators
46
Spiders scorpions and ticks
67
Sharks and stingrays
90
Cone shells blueringed
120
Bears
163
Tigers lions cougars
184
Hippopotamuses
208
Afterword
234
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Dr Liana Joy Christensen was for five years editor of the wildlife and natural resources magazine 'Landscope'. She has worked extensively with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), earning from them a citation for excellence in science journalism. Her work is published in literary and scientific journals around the world, including Taiwan, North America, the Netherlands and India.

Ian Faulkner is an illustrator, cartoonist and cartographer with over 25 years experience and a passion for natural history. He has been artist in residence at the Australian National University, and also cartographer at Australian Geographic Magazine, as well as undertaking work for The Australian Museum and Sydney’s Taronga Park Zoo.

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