Life: Extraordinary Animals, Extreme Behaviour

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BBC, 2009 - Animal behavior - 312 pages
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"Life," the spectacular companion volume to the new Discovery Channel/BBC series, tells a majestic and compelling story of survival and of the amazing behaviors animals and plants adopt to stay alive and pass their genes to a new generation. Beautifully written and illustrated with more than 300 high-definition color photographs, "Life" focuses on the most exciting examples of the millions of species to demonstrate the harrowing and very different challenges that all living things must overcome to prevail and to procreate. In 60 concise and captivating vignettes, intriguingly grouped in categories like Extraordinary Sea Creatures, Fabulous Fish, Irrepressible Plants, Hot-blooded Hunters, and Intellectual Primates, the authors provide the most up-to-date science. Each chapter parallels an episode of the television series, making the book a must-have addition to any interested viewer's library. From the familiar to the rare--polar bears, Japanese snow macaques, monarch butterflies, and fish-catching bats, a mega-roost of 10 million fruit bats in Zambia, capuchin monkeys that use stone tools, marine life beneath and upon the ice of Antarctica, and tiny goby fish that climb Hawaiian waterfalls--this sumptuous volume brims with information and unforgettable images of the spectacular, the dangerous, and the bizarre.

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Another good book which accompanies the great TV series. Not sure if all the species in the TV series are covered in the book but a vast majority of them are at least. Worth a read even if you have seen the series like I have =) Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Martha Holmeswas the series producer ofLife. She is a marine biologist with a PhD from the University of York and has produced programmes for major series includingLife in the FreezerandBlue Planet, as well as the BAFTA-winningWildlife Special: Polar Bear.

Michael Guntonwas the executive editor ofLifeand is director of development for the BBC NHU.He has a PhD in zoology from the University of Cambridge. Mike was series editor forThe Natural Worldfor three years and executive producer on numerous films and series, includingUltimate Killers,Galapagos, David Attenborough'sLife in the Undergrowthand Alan Titchmarsh'sBritish Isles: a Natural History.

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