New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

April 8, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A garden of marvels : how we discovered that flowers have sex, leaves eat air, and other secrets of plants

April 7, 2014
Kassinger, Ruth, 1954- author.
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
xviii, 395 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Pt. I. Inside a plant -- Cocktail, anyone? -- The birth and long life of the vegetable lamb -- Through a glass, however darkly -- The persecuted professor -- Inside a plant -- Pt. II. Roots -- Restless roots -- The enormous gourd -- The way of all water -- How to kill a hickory -- Our fine fungal friends -- Arsenic and young fronds -- The once and future wheat -- Off to the races -- Pt. III. Leaves -- New beginnings -- A momentous mint -- Leaves eat air -- The vegetable slug -- Once in a blue-green moon -- The tenacity of trees -- Amazing grass -- Pt. IV. Flowers -- Sex in the garden -- Who needs Romeo? -- Black petunias -- The abominable mystery -- Cheap sex -- Scent and sex -- Pt. V. Onward, upward, and afterward -- Trouble in paradise -- Onward and upward -- Afterward.
"In the tradition of The Botany of Desire and Wicked Plants, the author of Paradise Under Glass gives us a witty and engaging history of the first botanists interwoven with stories of today's extraordinary plants found in the garden and the lab"-- Provided by publisher.

Seeds of hope : wisdom and wonder from the world of plants

April 1, 2014
Goodall, Jane, 1934- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, [2014].
xi, 420 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction / by Michael Pollan -- pt. 1: My love for the natural world. A childhood rooted in nature ; The kingdom of the plants ; Trees ; Forests -- pt. 2: Hunting, gathering, and gardening. The plant hunters ; Botanical gardens ; Seeds ; Orchids ; Gardens and gardening -- pt. 3: Uses and abuses of plants. Plants that can heal ; Plants that can harm ; Plantations ; Food crops ; Genetically modified organisms -- pt. 4: The way forward. The future of agriculture ; Growing our own food ; Saving forests ; Hope for nature ; The will to live.
Renowned naturalist and bestselling author Jane Goodall examines the critical role that trees and plants play in our world.

The homing instinct : meaning & mystery in animal migration

April 1, 2014
Heinrich, Bernd, 1940-
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
xv, 352 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Dolphin dive

March 28, 2014
Buckley, James, Jr., 1963-
New York : Scholastic, c2014.
32 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Includes index.

Field notes from a hidden city : an urban nature diary

March 19, 2014
Woolfson, Esther, author.
Berkeley : Counterpoint, [2014]
x, 357 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reprint. Originally published: London : Granta, 2013.
Field Notes From a Hidden City is set against the background of the austere, grey and beautiful northeast Scottish city of Aberdeen. In it, Esther Woolfson examines the elements—geographic, atmospheric and environmental—which bring diverse life forms to live in close proximity in cities. Using the circumstances of her own life, house, garden and city, she writes of the animals who live among us: the birds—gulls, starlings, pigeons, sparrows and others—the rats and squirrels, the cetaceans, the spiders and the insects. In beautiful, absorbing prose, Woolfson describes the seasons, the streets and the quiet places of her city over the course of a year, which begins with the exceptional cold and snow of 2010. Influenced by her own long experience of corvids, she considers prevailing attitudes towards the natural world, urban and non-urban wildlife, the values we place on the lives of individual species and the ways in which man and creature live together in cities.

The horse lover : a cowboy's quest to save the wild mustangs

March 18, 2014
Day, H. Alan, author.
Lincoln, [Nebraska] : University of Nebraska Press, [2014]
xiii, 243 pages ; 23 cm
A sexy find -- Opportunity walks in -- The dream takes shape -- Palomino valley -- Two cowboys corral congress -- Hard-won approval -- A stubborn start -- Vying for the upper hand -- In training -- Renegades -- A wormy mess -- Bound for summer grazing -- Saber -- Fame finds us -- On thin ice -- Horses of many colors -- Sorting the seven hundred -- Order to kill -- An unlucky penny -- At the end of the day.

The Neanderthals rediscovered : how modern science is rewriting their story

March 17, 2014
Papagianni, Dimitra.
208 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
A long underestimated type of human -- The first Europeans : 1 million to 600,000 years ago -- Defeating the cold : 600,000 to 250,000 years ago -- Meet the Neanderthals : 250,000 to 130,000 years ago -- An end to isolation : 130,000 to 60,000 years ago -- Endgame : 60,000 to 25,000 years ago -- Still with us?
For too long the Neanderthals have been seen as dim-witted evolutionary dead-enders who looked and behaved completely differently from us, but in recent years their story has been transformed thanks to new discoveries and advances in scientific techniques. In a compelling narrative one that has not previously been told in a way that encompasses the entire dramatic arc from evolution to expansion to extinction this book takes a fresh and engaging look at the whole story of the Neanderthals, setting out all the evidence, redressing the balance and arriving at a fairer assessment of a species that was closely related to us and in so doing addresses what it is to be human.

Out on a limb : what black bears taught me about intelligence and intuition

March 17, 2014
Kilham, Benjamin.
White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, [2013]
xxii, 190 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Walking with cubs -- Squirty's world -- Bear society : seeing the forest through the trees -- The language of bears -- The social code of bears : justice and punishment -- Cognition : what bears know -- What bears teach us about our own past, present, and future -- From black bears to giant pandas -- Bear/human relationships : what you need to know.
"In Out on a Limb, Ben Kilham invites us into the world he has come to know best: the world of black bears. For decades, Kilham has studied wild black bears in a vast tract of Northern New Hampshire woodlands. At times, he has also taken in orphaned infants--feeding them, walking them through the forest for months to help them decipher their natural world, and eventually reintroducing them back into the wild. Once free, the orphaned bears still regard him as their mother. And one of these bears, now a 17-year-old female, has given him extraordinary access to her daily life, opening a rare window into how she and the wild bears she lives among carry out their daily lives, raise their young, and communicate. Out on a Limb delivers Kilham's fascinating glimpse at the inner world of bears, and also makes a passionate case for science, and education in general, to open its doors to different ways of learning and researching--doors that could lead to far broader realms of discovery." -- Publisher website.

The thing with feathers : the surprising lives of birds and what they reveal about being human

March 11, 2014
Strycker, Noah K.
New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
xiv, 288 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
"The Thing with Feathers by Noah Strycker is a fun and profound look at the lives of birds, illuminating their surprising world--and deep connection with humanity"-- Provided by publisher.

Beasts : what animals can teach us about the origins of good and evil

March 4, 2014
Masson, J. Moussaieff (Jeffrey Moussaieff), 1941-
New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
213 pages ; 25 cm
"There are two supreme predators on the planet with the most complex brains in nature: humans and orcas. In the twentieth century alone, one of these animals killed 200 million members of its own species, the other has killed none. Jeffrey Masson's fascinating new book begins here: There is something different about us. In his previous bestsellers, Masson has showed that animals can teach us much about our own emotions--love (dogs), contentment (cats), grief (elephants), among others. But animals have much to teach us about negative emotions such as anger and aggression as well, and in unexpected ways. In Beasts he demonstrates that the violence we perceive in the "wild" is mostly a matter of projection. We link the basest human behavior to animals, to "beasts" ("he behaved no better than a beast"), and claim the high ground for our species. We are least human, we think, when we succumb to our primitive, animal ancestry. Nothing could be further from the truth. Animals, at least predators, kill to survive, but there is nothing in the annals of animal aggression remotely equivalent to the violence of mankind. Our burden is that humans, and in particular humans in our modern industrialized world, are the most violent animals to our own kind in existence, or possibly ever in existence on earth. We lack what all other animals have: a check on the aggression that would destroy the species rather than serve it. It is here, Masson says, that animals have something to teach us about our own history. In Beasts, he strips away our misconceptions of the creatures we fear, offering a powerful and compelling look at our uniquely human propensity toward aggression"-- Provided by publisher.

One big happy family : heartwarming stories of animals caring for one another

March 4, 2014
Rogak, Lisa, 1962- author.
New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin, 2013.
146 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"Inspiring, true tales of interspecies adoption, One Big Happy Family tells the heartwarming stories of animals who have reached out to save the lives of babies from other species and raise them as their own. Whether it's the border collie and his piglets, the cat and her ducklings, the orangutan and his lion cubs, or even the Labrador and her baby hippo, these are poignant, charming tales of animals who have felt the parental instinct and cared for little ones of every stripe. Filled with adorable photos of these baby animals and their foster moms and dads, Lisa Rogak's One Big Happy Family celebrates the intimacy and emotional connections of parenthood and the amazing miracle of interspecies adoption"-- Provided by publisher.

Why dogs hump and bees get depressed : the fascinating science of animal intelligence, emotions, friendship, and conservation

March 4, 2014
Bekoff, Marc, author.
xvii, 381 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Animals and us : reflections on our challenging, frustrating , confusing, and deep interrelationships with other animals. What in the world do my essays have to do with psychology? ; Animals in our brain : Mickey Mouse, teddy bears, and "cuteness" ; Conservation psychology and animal and human well-being : scientists must pay attention to the social sciences ; Pets are good for us : where science and common sense meet ; Children and animals : teach the children well ; Nature-deficit disorder redux : kids need to get off their butts ; Animals and inmates : science behind bars ; Animal cruelty and antisocial behavior : a very strong link ; Dehumanization and animal-human similarity ; Animals can be ambassadors for forgiveness, generosity, peace, trust, and hope ; Letting a friend go : we usually know when it's time to say good-bye -- Against speciesism : why all individuals are unique and special. Individual animals count : speciesism doesn't work ; Animal emotions, animal sentience, animal welfare, and animal rights ; Animal minds and the foible of human exceptionalism ; Animals don't laugh, think, get depressed, or love, declares a psychiatrist ; What makes us uniquely human? -- Media and the (mis)representation of animals. Animals in media : righting the wrongs ; Are great apes "ultraviolent"? ; Chimpanzees and meerkats : the importance of accurate media ; The National Museum of Animals & Society ; Animals in art : nonhumans benefit from responsible representation -- Why dogs hump, or, What we can learn from our special friends. Dog trust : some lessons from our companions ; My dog always eats first : homeless people and their animals ; Chancer and Iyal : a dog, his boy, and his dog ; Going to the dogs is a good idea : it's not a dog-eat-dog world ; Wild dogs in captivity are still wild dogs ; Can dogs experience guilt, pride, and shame : why not? ; Hidden tales of yellow snow : what a dog's nose knows-- making sense of scents ; I'll have what she's having : dogs do it, too ; Dogs know what others know : some new and exciting findings about our best friends ; Stealth dogs steal food in the dark and snatch it quietly ; Dogs : looking at the way we look at our best friends ; Why dogs hump ; Social dominance is not a myth : wolves, dogs, and other animals ; Did Cesar Millan have to hang the husky? -- Consciousness, sentience, and cognition : a potpourri of current research on flies, fish, and other animals. Animal consciousness and science matter ; Scientists finally conclude nonhuman animals are conscious beings ; Do animals know who they are? ; Do dogs really feel pain and are they really conscious? ; Age before beauty : older elephant matriarchs know what's best ; What do we learn from a tool-making genius bonobo and copy-cat orcas? ; Spider builds complex lifelike replica decoys outside web ; Flies on booze and apes on apps ; Bold fish and brilliant lizards ; Tool use by a dingo and a dog ; Chimpanzees in the crossfire : are they cleverer than us? ; Apes say "no" with a head shake, animals are lefties and righties, and getting out in nature is good. Duh! -- The emotional lives of animals : the ever-expanding circle of sentience includes depressed bees and empathic chickens. Emotional honeybees and brainy jelly fish ; The birds and the bees and their brains : size doesn't matter ; Crabs and fish feel pain : expanding the circle-of-sentience club ; The emotional lives of reptiles : stress and welfare ; Gorilla joy and chimpanzee grief without a doubt ; Gorillas dismantle poacher's traps : compassionate conservation of the gorilla-kind ; Do wild animals suffer from PTSD and other psychological disorders? ; Did a female burro commit suicide? ; Grieving animals : saying good-bye to friends and family ; A fox, a cougar, and a funeral ; Humpback whales protect a gray whale from killer whales ; Empathic chickens and cooperative elephants : emotional intelligence expands its range again ; Empathic rats and ravishing ravens ; Bonobos : going out of their way to help others ; Do "smarter" dogs really suffer more than "dumber" mice? -- Wild justice and moral intelligence : don't blame other animals for our destructive ways. Wild justice and moral intelligence in animals ; "What were wars?" Don't blame other animals for human violence ; Human-like violence is extremely rare in other animals ; The moral lives of animals : what did Herman Melville have to say about animals? ; Give peace a chance : we do not have to go to war -- The lives of captive creatures : why are they even there? Zoos and aquariums do not accomplish what they claim they do ; "Faux" animals in cages deserve much better ; "Zoothanasia" is not euthanasia : words matter ; Elephants in LA Zoo aren't happy or content, says judge ; Deaths at Sea World : animals are dying to entertain in this seajail ; Tilly's Willy : in the name of science? ; Rewilding animals : going home at last ; Rewilding dolphins : good news for Tom and Misha ; Whipping horses doesn't work ; Rise of the Planet of the Apes shows that real primates no longer need to be used in movies ; Buddy the chimpanzee killed in Nevada because he wasn't really a pet -- Who we eat is a moral question. Animals' lives matter : sentience and feelings count ; Who we eat is a moral question : vegans have nothing to defend ; Dead cow walking ; My beef with Temple Grandin : seemingly humane isn't enough ; Going "cold tofu" to end factory farming ; Brain scans show vegetarians and vegans are more empathic than omnivores ; Killing other animlas for food does not make us human ; Babe, lettuce, and tomato : dead pig walking ; Is eating dogs different from eating cows and pigs? ; Vegans and oysters : if you eat oysters, you're not a vegan, so why the question? -- Who lives, who dies, and why : redecorating nature, peaceful coexistence, and compassionate conservation. Close encounters of a lion kind : meeting cougars, foxes, bears...and bear poop ; Being "mad about wildlife" and redecorating nature ; Animals and cars : one million animals are killed on our roads every day ; Should we kill animals who presumably attack humans? ; Murder, Inc. : wildlife services brutally kills millions of animals with your money ; Recreational hunting : would you kill your dog for fun? ; Are fluffy pandas worth saving or should we let them go? ; Using hamsters to save ferrets : the need for compassionate conservation ; Bill and Lou : who lives, who dies, and why ; Saving sentience : homeless animals need all the help they can get ; Ignoring nature no more : compassionate conservation at work -- Rewilding our hearts : the importance of kindness, empathy, and compassion for all beings. Twelve millennial mantras (with Jane Goodall) : hope abounds ; Compassion begets compassion ; Old brains, new bottlenecks, and animals : solastalgia and our relationship with other beings ; Animal losses are rampant, but conservation efforts work ; Rewilding our hearts : maintaining hope and faith in trying times.
""Updates and perspectives on the science of animal emotion and human-animal interaction by a professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology. Topics include animal emotion, behavior, and cognitive abilities; ethical issues surrounding animals in captivity and human diet; and media representations of animals. Collected from essays for Psychology Today's website"--Provided by publisher"-- Provided by publisher.

Mother Nature is trying to kill you : a lively tour through the dark side of the natural world

February 27, 2014
Riskin, Dan, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
vii, 260 pages ; 24 cm
"A Touchstone book."
Using the seven deadly sins as a road map, Riskin offers dozens of jaw-dropping examples that illuminate how brutal nature can truly be and shows ways this deadly world has shaped us as humans and what our responsibilities are to this terrible, wonderful planet we call home.

Record breakers : the most dangerous

February 27, 2014
Steele, Philip, 1948- author.
New York : Kingfisher, [2013]
48 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
A no-holds-barred look at some of the most perilous situations in the world including deadly animals, extreme sports, daredevil stunts and large-scale natural hazards.


February 24, 2014
Llewellyn, Claire, author.
New York : Kingfisher Books, [2014]
32 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Next time you see a pill bug

February 10, 2014
Morgan, Emily R. (Emily Rachel), 1973-
Arlington, VA : NSTA Kids, [2013]
31 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
"Chances are that just under a nearby rock, you'll spot a roly-poly pill bug. Encourage a child to take a close look, and introduce a fascinating creature. Gently pick it up and watch as it rolls into a ball and unrolls to take a walk. This cousin to lobsters and crabs sheds its crusty skin and will tickle your hand with its 14 (count 'em!) wiggly legs. The book will inspire elementary-age children to experience the enchantment of everyday phenomena such as pill bugs"-- Provided by publisher.

The sixth extinction : an unnatural history

February 7, 2014
Kolbert, Elizabeth.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
319 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

The basics of evolution

January 27, 2014
New York : Rosen Publishing, 2014.
94 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 24 cm.
Evolution defined -- Support for evolution -- What is natural selection? -- Understanding genetics and evolution -- Understanding population genetics -- Evolutionary patterns -- The beginning of life on Earth -- The evolution of humans -- Biography: Charles Darwin.
This compelling text examines evolution, its definition, the scientific evidence that evolution has taken place, natural selection, Darwin's Origin of Species, genetics and evolution, population genetics, patterns in evolution and species concepts, the story of life and geological time, and human evolution.

John James LaForest Audubon : an English perspective

January 15, 2014
Jackson, Christine E. (Christine Elisabeth), 1936-, author.
[Withersfield, Suffolk, England] : Published privately by Christine E. Jackson, [2013]
xxi, 234 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 27 cm
"October 2013"--Page 4 of cover.

Fantastic frogs

January 15, 2014
Arlon, Penelope, author.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"Free digital activities"--Cover.

The story of Kew Gardens in photographs

January 14, 2014
Parker, Lynn, author.
London : Arcturus, 2013.
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 x 31 cm
Constructing Kew -- Kew, the imperial garden -- Plant-hunting for Kew -- Visiting Kew -- Kew behind the scenes -- Kew at war -- Kew in the post-war years.

A feathered river across the sky : the passenger pigeon's flight to extinction

January 13, 2014
Greenberg, Joel (Joel R.)
New York, NY : Bloomsbury, c2014.
xiii, 289 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Life of the wanderer -- My blood shall be your blood : Indians and passenger pigeons -- A legacy of awe -- Pigeons as provisions to pigeons as products -- Means of destruction -- Profiles in killing -- The tempest was spent : the last great nestings -- Flights to the finish -- Martha and her kin : the captive flocks -- Extinction and beyond -- A passenger pigeon miscellany.
Naturalist Joel Greenberg relates how the pigeons' propensity to nest, roost, and fly together in vast numbers made them vulnerable to unremitting market and recreational hunting. His cautionary tale provides a close look at what happens when species and natural resources are not harvested sustainably.

The monkey's voyage : how improbable journeys shaped the history of life

January 13, 2014
De Queiroz, Alan.
New York : Basic Books, [2014]
vii, 360 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
From Noah's ark to New York : the roots of the story -- The fragmented world -- Over the edge of reason -- New Zealand stirrings -- The DNA explosion -- Believe the forest -- The green web -- A frog's tale -- The monkey's voyage -- The long, strange history of the Gondwanan islands -- The structure of biogeographic "revolutions" -- A world shaped by miracles.

Taxidermy : with 337 color illustrations

January 7, 2014
Turner, Alexis, 1963- author.
New York : Rizzoli, 2013.
255 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Introducing taxidermy -- Museums -- Interiors -- Anthropomorphic -- Zoomorphic -- Freaks and fakes -- Commercial -- Art and fashion -- Places to visit -- Picture credits -- Index -- Acknowledgments
An unsurpassed survey of the world's finest examples of this popular art form--in situ from the greatest private and public collections to the beautifully assembled rooms of contemporary artists, stylists, and cutting-edge interior designers. Taxidermy is everywhere these days, from hip restaurants to posh clothing stores, and practically every luxury brand can be seen offering its wares on the backs of preserved, stuffed animals or incorporating them in their interiors. This is the first volume to consider taxidermy as an art form, and it balances showcasing classic work (such as pieces by Walter Potter) alongside innovative and modern contemporary pieces by various practitioners, from traditional taxidermists to interior designers, fashionistas, stylists, and fine artists. -- Publisher website.

Wild Cincinnati : animals, reptiles, insects and plants to watch out for at home, at the park and in the woods / F. Lynne Bachleda.

January 2, 2014
Bachleda, F. Lynne.
Covington, KY : Clerisy Press, 2012.
248 p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm.
"Includes Northern Kentucky."--Cover.


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