New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

September 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

My encyclopedia of very important animals

September 20, 2017
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2017.
224 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
From peacocks and frogs to sharks and dogs, My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals is perfect for the curious little animal lover in your life. Mixing photography and charming illustration, kids will find out important things about the wonderful world of animals from what they eat, what they do, and why people are animals, too. My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals is a friendly book that gets children learning, reading, and laughing!

Hippopotamuses

September 19, 2017
Gagne, Tammy, author.
©2018
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Time to eat! -- Large and round -- Made for water -- Special skin -- Don't get in their way!
Introduces readers to the life, diet, habitat, behavior, and physical description of hippopotamuses. Colorful spreads, fun facts, diagrams, a range map, and a special reading feature make this an exciting read for animal lovers and report writers alike.

National Geographic field guide to the birds of North America

September 19, 2017
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2017]
591 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 21 cm
Includes index.
Presents a guidebook which provides identification tips, information on behavior and nesting, locator and range maps, and plumage and species classification data on over one thousand species of birds found in North America.

Where the animals go : tracking wildlife with technology in 50 maps and graphics

September 18, 2017
Cheshire, James, author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2017.
174 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm
For thousands of years, tracking animals meant following footprints. Now satellites, drones, camera traps, cellphone networks, and accelerometers reveal the natural world as never before. Where the Animals Go is the first book to offer a comprehensive, data-driven portrait of how creatures like ants, otters, owls, turtles, and sharks navigate the world. Based on pioneering research by scientists at the forefront of the animal-tracking revolution, James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti's stunning, four-color charts and maps tell fascinating stories of animal behavior. These astonishing infographics explain how warblers detect incoming storms using sonic vibrations, how baboons make decisions, and why storks prefer garbage dumps to wild forage; they follow pythons racing through the Everglades, a lovelorn wolf traversing the Alps, and humpback whales visiting undersea mountains. Where the Animals Go is a triumph of technology, data science, and design, bringing broad perspective and intimate detail to our understanding of the animal kingdom.--Provided by Publisher.

Purpose & desire : what makes something "alive" and why modern Darwinism has failed to explain it

September 14, 2017
Turner, J. Scott, 1951- author.
©2017
xvi, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The pony under the tree -- Biology's second law -- Many little lives -- A clockwork homeostasis -- A mad dream -- The barrier that wasn't -- The reverse Pinocchio -- A multiplicity of memory -- One is the friendliest number -- The hand of whatever -- Plato Street -- Epilogue: Evolution, purpose, and desire.
"SUNY professor, biologist, and physiologist J. Scott Turner argues that modern Darwinism's materialist and mechanistic biases have led to a scientific dead end, unable to define what life is--and only an openness to the qualities of "purpose and desire" will move the field forward. Turner surveys the history of evolutionary thought, identifying "purpose and desire" as the keys to a coherent science of life and its evolution. In Purpose and Desire, Turner draws on the work of Claude Bernard, a contemporary of Darwin revered as the founder of experimental physiology. Turner builds on Bernard's "dangerous idea" of homeostasis, a radical proposition for what makes "life" a unique phenomenon in nature. To fully understand life, including its evolution, Turner argues that we must move beyond strictly enforced boundaries of mechanism and materialism to explore living nature as distinctly purposeful and driven by desire."--Jacket flap.

Our zoo

September 8, 2017
Mottershead, June, 1926- author.
London : Headline, 2014.
276 pages, 32 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
When George Mottershead moved to the village of Upton-by-Chester in 1930 to realise his dream of opening a zoo without bars, his four-year-old daughter June had no idea how extraordinary her life would become. In her enthralling memoir, June Mottershead chronicles the heartbreak, the humor, the trials and triumphs, above all the characters, both human and animal, who shaped her childhood.

Sharks of the shallows : coastal species in Florida and the Bahamas

September 1, 2017
Carrier, Jeffrey C., author.
©2017
xii, 195 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Part One. Introduction to sharks and their relatives -- Part Two. Selected shark species -- Part Three. Skates and rays, including sawfish -- Appendix: Sharks, skates, and rays of the world.
Agile, sleek, and precise, sharks display many qualities we can admire and appreciate. These marvels of evolution have adapted to thrive in every major aquatic realm on the planet, from frigid Arctic waters through temperate but stormy seas and on into the tropics. However, few places on Earth are home to the amazing diversity of shark species that beautify the shallow waters of Florida and the Bahamas. In this first-ever book dedicated to the sharks of this region, biologist Jeffrey C. Carrier reveals the captivating lives of these large marine predators and describes how they have survived for over 400 million years. Guiding readers through basic biology, key attributes, and identification tips, the book explores what makes sharks such successful apex predators. Carrier explains fascinating phenomena, including the reason for the bizarre shape of the hammerhead, how a bull shark is able to swim hundreds of miles up freshwater rivers, what lies behind sharks; remarkable capability to learn and remember, and why many scientists believe that they are equipped with the most sophisticated sensory systems in the animal kingdom.

Inheritors of the Earth : how nature is thriving in an age of extinction

August 30, 2017
Thomas, C. D., author.
©2017
viii, 300 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Part I. Opportunity. Prologue: Gains and losses ; Biogenesis -- Part II. New Pangea. Prelude ; Fall and rise ; Never had it so good ; Steaming ahead ; Pangea reunited -- Part III. Genesis six. Prelude ; Heirs to the world ; Evolution never gives up ; The Pangean archipelago ; Hybrid -- Part IV. Anthropocene Park. Prelude ; The new natural ; Noah's Earth -- Epilogue: One million years AD.
"It's accepted wisdom today that human beings have permanently damaged the natural world causing extinction, deforestation, pollution, and of course climate change. But in "Inheritors of the Earth", biologist Chris D. Thomas shows that this obscures a more hopeful truth--we're also helping nature grow and change. Human cities and mass agriculture have created new places for enterprising animals and plants to live, and our activities have stimulated evolutionary change in virtually every population of living species. Most remarkably, Thomas shows, humans may well have raised the rate at which new species are formed to the highest level in the history of our planet. Drawing on the success stories of diverse species, from the ochre-coloured comma butterfly to the New Zealand pukeko, Thomas overturns the accepted story of declining biodiversity on Earth. In so doing, he questions why we resist new forms of life, and why we see ourselves as unnatural. Ultimately, he suggests that if life on Earth can recover from the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs, it can survive the onslaughts of a technological age."--Jacket flap.

Colors of fall road trip guide : 25 autumn tours in New England

August 28, 2017
Monkman, Jerry, author.
New York, NY : The Countryman Press, [2017]
224 pages : illustrations, maps, color ; 23 cm
Revised edition of: The colors of fall road trip guide. Woodstock, Vt. : Countryman Press. 2010.
Includes index.

Darwin's backyard : how small experiments led to a big theory

August 28, 2017
Costa, James T., 1963- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.
xviii, 441 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Includes directions for eighteen hands-on experiments, for home, school, yard, or garden."--Jacket flap.
Origins of an experimentiser -- Experimentising: going to seed -- Barnacles to barbs -- Experimentising: doing your barnacles -- Untangling the bank -- Experimentising: a taste for botany -- Buzzing places -- Experimentising: bees' cells and bubbles -- A grand game of chess -- Experimentising: getting around -- The sex lives of plants -- Experimentising: Darwinian encounters of the floral kind -- It bears on design -- Experimentising: orchidelirium -- Plants with volition -- Experimentising: Feed me, Seymour! -- Crafty and sagacious climbers -- Experimentising: Seek and ye shall find -- Earthworm serenade -- Experimentising: Get thee to a wormery.
"James T. Costa takes readers on a journey from Darwin's childhood through his voyage on the HMS Beagle where his ideas on evolution began. We then follow Darwin to Down House, his bustling home of forty years, where he kept porcupine quills at his desk to dissect barnacles, maintained a flock of sixteen pigeon breeds in the dovecote, and cultivated climbing plants in the study, and to Bournemouth, where on one memorable family vacation he fed carnivorous plants in the soup dishes. Using his garden and greenhouse, the surrounding meadows and woodlands, and even taking over the cellar, study, and hallways of his home-turned-field-station, Darwin tested ideas of his landmark theory of evolution with an astonishing array of hands-on experiments that could be done on the fly, without specialized equipment. He engaged naturalists, friends, neighbors, family servants, and even his children, nieces, nephews, and cousins as assistants in these experiments, which involved everything from chasing bees and tempting fish to eat seeds to serenading earthworms. From the experiments' results, he plumbed the laws of nature and evidence for the revolutionary arguments of On the Origin of Species and his other watershed works. Beyond Darwin at work, we accompany him against the backdrop of his enduring marriage, chronic illness, grief at the loss of three children, and joy in scientific revelation. This unique glimpse of Darwin's life introduces us to an enthusiastic correspondent, crowd-sourcer, family man, and, most of all, an incorrigible observer and experimenter."--Jacket flap.

DNA : the story of the genetic revolution

August 22, 2017
Watson, James D., 1928- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
xiv, 487 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 23 cm
"Newly Revised and updated"--Cover.
Beginnings of genetics : from Mendel to Hitler -- The double helix : this is life -- Reading the code : bringing DNA to life -- Playing God : customized DNA molecules -- DNA, dollars, and drugs : biotechnology -- Tempest in a cereal box : genetically modified food -- The human genome : life's screenplay -- Personal genetics : the first of the rest of us -- Reading genomes : evolution in action -- Out of Africa : DNA and the human past -- Genetic fingerprinting : DNA's day in court -- Disease genes : hunting and treating human disease -- Who we are : nature vs. nurture -- Cancer : war without end? -- Coda : our genes and our future.
"James D. Watson, the Nobel laureate whose pioneering work helped unlock the mystery of DNA's structure, charts the greatest scientific journey of our time, from the discovery of the double helix to today's controversies to what the future may hold. Updated to include new findings in gene editing, epigenetics, agricultural chemistry, as well as two entirely new chapters on personal genomics and cancer research. This is the most comprehensive and authoritative exploration of DNA's impact--practical, social, and ethical--on our society and our world"--Provided by publisher.

Cracking the AP biology exam.

August 14, 2017
New York : Random House, Inc., c1997-
v. ; 28 cm.
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

Improbable destinies : fate, chance, and the future of evolution

August 7, 2017
Losos, Jonathan B., author.
©2017
xv, 368 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: The good dinosaur -- Part one: Nature's doppelgängers. Evolutionary déjà vu ; Replicated reptiles ; Evolutionary idiosyncrasy -- Part two: Experiments in the wild. The not-so-glacial pace of evolutionary change ; Colorful Trinidad ; Lizard castaways ; From manure to modern science ; Evolution in swimming pools and sandboxes -- Part three: Evolution under the microscope. Replaying the tape ; Breakthrough in a bottle ; Jots, tittles, and drunken fruit flies ; The human environment ; Conclusion: Fate, chance, and the inevitability of humans.
"Earth's natural history is full of fascinating instances of convergence: phenomena like eyes and wings and tree-climbing lizards that have evolved independently, multiple times. But evolutionary biologists also point out many examples of contingency, cases where the tiniest change--a random mutation or an ancient butterfly sneeze--caused evolution to take a completely different course. What role does each force really play in the constantly changing natural world? Are the plants and animals that exist today, and we humans ourselves, inevitabilities or evolutionary flukes? And what does that say about life on other planets? Jonathan Losos reveals what the latest breakthroughs in evolutionary biology can tell us about one of the greatest ongoing debates in science. He takes us around the globe to meet the researchers who are solving the deepest mysteries of life on Earth through their work in experimental evolutionary science. Losos himself is one of the leaders in this exciting new field, and he illustrates how experiments with guppies, fruit flies, bacteria, foxes, and field mice, along with his own work with anole lizards on Caribbean islands, are rewinding the tape of life to reveal just how rapid and predictable evolution can be. ... Losos's insights into natural selection and evolutionary change have far-reaching applications for protecting ecosystems, securing our food supply, and fighting off harmful viruses and bacteria" --Inside dust jacket.

Mushrooms of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada

July 28, 2017
Baroni, Timothy J., author.
©2017
599 pages ; 22 cm.

World's deadliest creatures

July 19, 2017
McDonald, Joe, author, photographer.
©2016
192 pages : colour illustrations ; 25 cm.
Includes index.
Deadly mammals -- Deadly birds -- Deadly reptiles and amphibians -- Deadly marine and aquatic world -- Deadly invertebrates -- Most deadly creature of all.
"Join award-winning photographers Joe and Mary Ann McDonald on a journey of discovery in search of the World’s Deadliest Creatures. Whether it’s venomous cobras, poisonous jellyfish, hungry tigers, aggressive hippos, the diseases carried by mosquitoes or the traffic accident waiting to happen that is the moose, there are many ways in which then natural world can pose a threat. Stunning images coupled with engaging text covering more than 100 deadly species make this book a must-read for anyone with an interest in the dark side of wildlife!" --Amazon.com

Woolly : the true story of the quest to revive one of history's most iconic extinct creatures

July 5, 2017
Mezrich, Ben, 1969- author.
©2017
293 pages ; 24 cm
"Science fiction meets reality in this thrilling Jurassic Park-like story of the quest to achieve the genetic resurrection of an extinct species--the Woolly Mammoth. ... From the frozen tundra of Siberia to the cutting-edge genetics labs of Harvard University, a group of young scientists--under the guidance of Dr. George Church, the most brilliant geneticist of our time--is working to make the impossible happen. Their task? To bring the Woolly Mammoth, a creature that has been extinct for three thousand years, back into our world. How will they do it? By sequencing the DNA of a frozen Woolly Mammoth harvested from above the Arctic Circle, and then splicing elements of it into the DNA of a modern elephant. Through this process, they hope to turn the hybrid cells into a functional embryo and bring the extinct creatures to life in our modern world. Pushing the boundaries of gene synthesis, stem cell research, and longevity science, their abilities are no longer confined to reading DNA, but now include writing DNA. Why will they do it? There's poetic justice in bringing back a once-mighty species made extinct by our own ancestors' talent as hunters. But more than that, the return of the Mammoth might be essential to preventing the extinction of the human race as well. The giant creatures will help to defuse an environmental ticking time bomb hidden in the frozen north. More than a story of genetics, Woolly is a scintillating adventure involving a host of extraordinary people, including the intrepid fossil hunters who battle polar bears and extreme conditions in the name of scientific advancement; a world-famous conservationist in California determined to bring back other extinct species; and a genius father-son team of Russian scientists working to turn a tract of the Siberian tundra into 'Pleistocene Park.' In shining a spotlight on the quest to bring back the Woolly Mammoth, Ben Mezrich has located the most intriguing and important scientific discovery story of our age."--Jacket.

Bugged : the insects who rule the world and the people obsessed with them

July 5, 2017
MacNeal, David, 1985- author.
©2017
x, 308 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A cabinet of curiosity -- Buried cities -- "Even educated fleas do it" -- The on-flying things -- Vámanos pest! -- First responders -- You just squashed the cure for cancer -- Executives of big bug biz -- Dining with crickets -- Tracing the collapse.
"Insects have been shaping our ecological world and plant life for over 400 million years. In fact, our world is essentially run by bugs -- there are 1.4 billion for every human on the planet. In Bugged, journalist David MacNeal takes us on an offbeat scientific journey that weaves together history, travel, and culture to explore our relationship with these mini-monsters." -- From book jacket.

Bird feathers : a guide to North American species

June 30, 2017
Scott, S. David (Shannon David), 1980-
Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, ©2010.
x, 358 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 23 cm
Introduction -- Part I: Feather origins and morphology -- Origins -- Avian physiology: built for flight -- Feathers and flight -- Flight feather identification -- Part II: Feathers : Geese, swans, and ducks (Anatidae) ; Partridges, grouse, turkeys, and Old World quail (Phasianidae) ; New World quail (Odontophoridae) ; Loons (Gaviidae) ; Grebes (Podicipedidae) ; Shearwaters and petrels (Procellariidae) ; Storm-petrels (Hydrobatidae) ; Tropicbirds (Phaethontidae) ; Boobies and gannets (Sulidae) ; Pelicans (Pelicanidae) ; Frigatebirds (Fregatidae) ; Cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae) ; Darters (Anhingidae) ; Bitterns, herons, and allies (Ardeidae) ; Ibises and spoonbills (Threskiornithidae) ; Storks (Ciconiidae) ; New world vultures (Cathartidae) ; Hawks, kites, eagles, and allies (Accipitridae) ; Caracaras and falcons (Falconidae) ; Rails, gallinules, and coots (Rallidae) ; Cranes (Gruidae) ; Lapwings and plovers (Charadriidae) ; Stilts and avocets (Recurvirostridae) ; Sandpipers and allies (Scolopacidae) ; Gulls, terns, and skimmers (Laridae) ; Alcids (Alcidae) ; Pigeons and doves (Columbidae) ; Cuckoos and roadrunners (Cuculidae) ; Barn owls (Tytonidae) and typical owls (Strigidae) ; Goatsuckers (Caprimulgidae) ; Swifts (Apodidae) ; Hummingbirds (Trochilidae) ; Kingfishers (Alcedinidae) ; Woodpeckers and allies (Picidae) ; Tyrant flycatcher (Tyrannidae) ; Shrikes (laniidae) ; Vireos (vireonidae) ; Jays, crows, and allies (corvidae) ; Larks (Alaudidae) ; Swallows (Hirundinidae) ; Chickadees and titmice (Paridae) ; Verdin (Remizidae) ; Bushtits (Aegithalidae) ; Nuthatches (Sittidae) ; Creepers (Certhiidae) ; Wrens (Troglodytidae) ; Kinglets (Regulidae) ; Gnatcatchers (Sylviidae) ; Thrushes (Turdidae) ; Mockingbirds and thrashers (Mimidae) ; Starlings (Sturnidae) ; Waxwings (Bombycillidae) ; Silky-flycatchers (Ptilogonatidae) ; Wood-warblers (Parulidae) ; Tanagers (Thraupidae) ; Emberizids : sparrows, old world buntings, and relatives (Emberizidae) ; Cardinals and allies (Cardinalidae) ; Icterids (Icteridae) ; Finches and allies (Fringillidae) ; Old world sparrows (Passeridae).
Guide to identifying and understanding bird feathers. Illustrated with nearly 500 color photos, this field guide to feathers explains how to use feather type and shape as well as color to identify the species a particular feather came from. Ranges, wing types, and feather measurements are given for the 397 birds covered, along with photos of representative feathers.

Witness tree : seasons of change with a century-old oak

June 30, 2017
Mapes, Lynda, 1959- author.
©2017
224 pages : map ; 22 cm
Me and my tree -- A beneficent monarch -- To know a tree -- A forest, lost and found -- Talkative trees -- The language of leaves -- Witness tree -- Past and future forests -- Carbon -- In this together.

Animal lessons : discovering your spiritual connection with animals

June 29, 2017
MacKinnon, Danielle, author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Llewellyn Publications, 2017.
216 pages; 20 cm

Making contact : Jill Tarter and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence

June 28, 2017
Scoles, Sarah, author.
©2017
275 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
How'd a nice girl like you get into a field like this? -- Babies, brown dwarfs, and big moves -- Making the Allen Telescope Array -- The future of the alien-hunting telescope -- A question for our time -- The politics of science and new projects -- The quest for contact -- the last chapter -- Extremophiles and exoplanets -- Shouting into the void -- A timeline of SETI.

A crack in creation : gene editing and the unthinkable power to control evolution

June 21, 2017
Doudna, Jennifer A., author.
©2017
xx, 281 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: The wave -- Part I: The tool. The quest for a cure ; A new defense ; Cracking the code ; Command and control -- Part II: The task. The CRISPR menagerie ; To heal the sick ; The reckoning ; What lies ahead -- Epilogue: The beginning.
Two Berkeley scientists explore the potential of a revolutionary genetics technology capable of easily and affordably manipulating DNA in human embryos to prevent specific diseases, addressing key concerns about related ethical and societal repercussions.

The ends of the world : volcanic apocalypses, lethal oceans, and our quest to understand Earth's past mass extinctions

June 20, 2017
Brannen, Peter, author.
©2017
x, 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Beginnings -- The End-Ordovician mass extinction -- The Late Devonian mass extinction -- The End-Permian mass extinction -- The End-Triassic mass extinction -- the End-Cretaceous mass extinction -- the End-Pleistocene mass extinction -- The near future -- The last extinction.
"A vivid tour of Earth's Big Five mass extinctions, the past worlds lost with each, and what they all can tell us about our not-too-distant future. Was it really an asteroid that killed the dinosaurs? Or carbon dioxide-driven climate change? In fact, scientists now suspect that climate change played a major role not only in the end of the age of dinosaurs, but also in each of the five most deadly mass extinctions in the history of the planet. Struck by the implications of this for our own future, Peter Brannen, along with some of the world's leading paleontologists, dives into deep time, exploring each of Earth's five dead ends, and in the process, offers us a glimpse of what's to come. Using the visible clues these extinctions have left behind in the fossil record, The Ends of the World takes us inside the 'scenes of the crime,' from South Africa's Karoo Desert to the New York Palisades, to tell the story of each extinction. Brannen examines the fossil record--which is rife with fantastic creatures like dragonflies the size of seagulls and guillotine-mouthed fish--and introduces us to the researchers on the frontlines who, using the forensic tools of modern science, are piecing together what really happened at the sites of Earth's past devastations. As our civilization continues to test the wherewithal of our climate, we need to figure out where the hard limits are before it's too late. Part road trip, part history, and part cautionary tale, The Ends of the World takes us on a tour of the ways that our planet has clawed itself back from the grave, allowing us to better understand our future by shining a light on our past" --Dust jacket.

The complete mushroom hunter : an illustrated guide to foraging, harvesting and enjoying wild mushrooms

June 20, 2017
Lincoff, Gary, author.
Beverly, Massachusetts : Quarry Books, 2017.
208 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Previous edition: 2010.
"Including new sections on growing your own edibles and off-season collecting" -t.p.
Chapter 1: Mushrooms: the what and the who -- Chapter 2: Mushroom hunting -- Chapter 3: Mushroom identification -- Chapter 4: Medicinal mushrooms -- Chapter 5: Bringing home the harvest: mushroom recipes -- Appendix I: Mushroom arts & crafts -- Appendix II: Mushroom cultivation -- Appendix III: Incredible edibles -- Appendix IV: Winter hunting -- Appendix V: Essential guide to major poisonous mushrooms, symptoms of poisoning, and treatment.
This revised edition includes a history of mushroom hunting worldwide; how to get equipped for mushroom forays; an illustrated guide to the common wild edible mushrooms; and cultivating, preparing and serving the harvest.

Fireflies, glow-worms, and lightning bugs : identification and natural history of the fireflies of the eastern and central United States and Canada

May 26, 2017
Faust, Lynn Frierson, author.
©2017
xvii, 356 pages : color illustrations; 24 cm.
List of species by scientific name -- Preface: For the awe of it -- Acknowledgments -- What genus is it? -- Fireflies around the world -- Frequently asked questions -- Eggs, larvae, and pupae -- Survival tactics and mimicry -- Parasites and predators -- Fieldwork, research, and filming -- Species accounts by genus -- Appendix: The Selangor declaration.
"The first ever comprehensive firefly guide for eastern and central North America. It is written for all those who want to know more about the amazing world of lightning bugs and learn the secrets hidden in the flash patterns of +75 species found in the eastern and central United States and Canada" --Inside cover.

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