Life: Extraordinary Animals, Extreme Behaviour

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University of California Press, 2009 - Nature - 311 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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User Review  - Kelly - Goodreads

This was the first book of Martina's that I'd read. I had no idea what her writing style was, all I knew was that she wrote crime books. Being the first of her books that I read I was keen to keep ... Read full review

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Another dnf book - the universe is conspiring against me. Language really basic, tell tell tell everything about the characters. Usually the gangster/crime genre is fun enough in itself, all violence ... Read full review

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Martha Holmes, producer for the BBC television production of Life, completed her doctorate in marine biology at the University of York. Michael Gunton, executive editor of Life, is a zoologist who received his training at Cambridge University.

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