The Encyclopedia of Mammals

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David Macdonald
Oxford University Press, 2006 - Electronic books - 936 pages
Hailed as 'a rare combination of learning, decent writing and knock-your-eyes-out photography' by The Times and 'an ultimate in natural history books' by the Irish Times when it was published in its first edition, this encyclopedia has become the definitive reference work on mammals for the 21st century. It covers the behaviour, diet, distribution, and evolution of every known living mammal in the world in clear, accessible language, and is illustrated throughout with spectacular photographs and original artwork, including breathtaking photo-stories of momentous events, such as how a cheetah learns to hunt, an elephant's early years, and life in the pouch for a kangeroo. There are also feature articles on a range of fascinating topics, among them: Why do primates have big brains? Why do lions roar? And what are the costs of motherhood for seals? Written by an international team of experts and edited by renowned zoologist Professor David Macdonald - whose documentary Meerkats United was voted the best wildlife film of all time by BBC viewers - this new edition has been comprehensively revised and updated to reflect the most recent developments in modern zoology. It offers authoritative coverage of each species, and contains brand new photographs, maps, and illustrations, as well as essays on special topics, from conservation to the evolution of primates; from human culture to disease in the Tasmanian devil. An essential work for zoologists and natural historians, this book is also a stunning point of reference for families and for anyone interested in the mammals of the world.

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About the author (2006)

David W. Macdonald is Founder and Director of Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. He is Oxford's Professor of Wildlife Conservation, and a senior Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, and was until recently A.D. White Professor at Cornell University in New York state. The 2005 winner of the Dawkins Prize for Conservation, he is Chairman of the Darwin Advisory Committee and board member of England's new statutory agency for conservation, Natural England. His recent roles include founding Chairman of the IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group, Vice President of the Zoological Society of London and Vice President of the Wildlife Trust. He is also well-known as a film-maker and author: his film Night of the Fox was a BAFTA finalist for Best Documentary Film of 1976; Running with the Fox won the Natural History Book of the Year award in 1987; and his celebrated documentary Meerkats United won a Wildscreen 1988 award and was voted the best wildlife film of all time by BBC viewers

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