New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

October 10, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Becoming the Iceman : pushing past perceived limits

October 9, 2015
Hof, Wim.
Minneapolis : Mill City Press, c2012.
327 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Becoming the Iceman is a project inspired by Wim and Justin to show the world that anyone can adopt the ability to become an Iceman or Icewoman. The project's goal is to show that the ability to control the body's temperature is not a genetic defect in Wim, but an ability that can be adopted by everyone. Of course, these are consequences of extreme cold exposure, but with the proper understanding, anyone can learn to use the cold as a natural teacher. You may have seen Wim Hof on television running barefoot through the snow or swimming in ice-cold waters. While performing those incredible feats, Wim remained completely warm and comfortable the entire time! Wim is the epitome of what can happen if someone uses the cold to train the body. Justin Rosales had no experience with the cold whatsoever. He was a college student attending Penn State University. After Justin's friend, Jarrett, showed him one of Wim's videos on You-Tube, he became exceedingly interested in understanding this ability. He wanted to see if it was possible for anyone to learn. In Spring 2010, after speaking to Wim for several months via email, Wim invited Justin to attend his workshop in Poland. After many weeks of working as a dishwasher, Justin was able to pay for the trip and learn the technique of the Iceman.With more training and countless experiences with the cold, Justin began to slowly adapt. The length of time he could remain exposed increased dramatically. He quickly realized that the technique to withstand the cold was, indeed, an ability that could be learned by everyone. This book tells the tale of Wim and Justin's journey to Becoming the Iceman!

The worst of times : how life on earth survived eighty million years of extinctions

October 7, 2015
Wignall, P. B.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015]
xvii, 199 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
A time of dying -- Extinction in the shadows -- The killing seas -- Troubled times in the Triassic -- Triassic downfall -- Pangea's final blow -- Pangea's death and the rise of resilience.

The annihilation of nature : human extinction of birds and mammals

October 7, 2015
Ceballos, Gerardo, author.
xi, 191 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
The legacy -- Natural extinctions -- The anthropocene -- Long-silenced songs -- Birds in trouble -- Mammals lost -- Vanishing mammals -- Why it all matters -- Drivers of death -- Beyond mourning.

The natural world of Winnie-the-Pooh : a walk through the forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood

October 1, 2015
Aalto, Kathryn, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2015.
307 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Creation of a classic: the collaboration of A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard -- Exploring the Hundred Acre Wood: origins of the stories -- A visitor's guide: the flora and fauna of Ashdown Forest.

Brief candle in the dark : my life in science

September 30, 2015
Dawkins, Richard, 1941- author.
455 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Dawkins shares with us his infectious sense of wonder at the natural world, his enjoyment of the absurdities of human interaction, and his bracing awareness of life's brevity: all of which have made a deep imprint on our culture" -- provided by publisher.

American zoo : a sociological safari

September 30, 2015
Grazian, David, author.
335 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction : the world in a zoo -- Where the wild things aren't : exhibiting nature in American zoos -- Animal farm : making meaning at the zoo -- Birds of a feather : zookeepers and the call of the wild -- Life lessons : the zoo as a classroom -- Bring on the dancing horses : American zoos in the entertainment age -- Simply nature : zoos and the branding of conservation -- Wrestling with armadillos : animal welfare and the captivity question -- The urban jungle : the future of the American zoo.

Lions in the balance : man-eaters, manes, and men with guns

September 25, 2015
Packer, Craig, author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
346 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Undertow -- 1. Fools rush in -- 2. Savannas forever -- 3. Luke Sidewalker -- 4. Limbo -- 5. Milk stains on white trousers -- 6. Fences -- 7. Fade out -- 8. Exile -- 9. Uptow -- 10. Object permanence.
From flat-topped acacia trees to great migrations of wildebeest across an edgeless expanse of grass, the Serengeti is one of the world's most renowned ecosystems. And at the apex of this incredible landscape prowls its seemingly indomitable ruler: the Serengeti lion. These majestic mammals are skillful hunters, iconic, and integral to Serengeti health. But they also commit infanticide; eat local people and destroy local livelihoods; are a source of profit for those who make money shooting or conserving them (and sometimes both); and are in constant danger from the encroachments of another species: humans. With Lions in the Balance, celebrated lion researcher and conservationist Craig Packer takes us back into the complex, tooth-and-claw worlds of lion conservation and behavior. A sequel to Packer's Into Africa--which gave many readers their first experience of field work in Africa, of Tanzanian roads, of long hours spent identifying lions by their ear marks and scars, and of the joys of bootlegged Grateful Dead tapes beneath savannah moons--this diary-based chronicle of adventure, real-life danger, and corruption will both alarm and entertain. Packer's story offers a look into the future of the lion, one in which the politics of conservation will require survival strategies far more creative and powerful than any now possessed by the citizens of the savannah--humans included. Packer is sure to infuriate poachers, politicians, and conservationists alike as he minces no words about the problems he sees. But with a narrative stretching from Arusha to Washington, DC, and marked by Packer's signature humor and incredible candor, Lions in the Balance is a tale of courage against impossible odds, a masterly blend of science and storytelling, and an urgent call to action that will captivate a pride of readers.

The butterflies of North America : Titian Peale's lost manuscript

September 21, 2015
Peale, Titian Ramsay, 1799-1885, artist, author.
255 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
"This work, along with a companion volume on catepillars, was never published, and resides today in the Rare Book Collection of the American Museum of Natural History's Library in New York"--Page [4] of cover.
Foreword. The butterflies of Titian Ramsay Peale / by Ellen V. Futter -- Preface. Titian Ramsay Peale : America's first lepidopterist / by David A. Grimaldi -- Introduction. A life of artful science : the metamorphosis of Titian Ramsay Peale / by Kenneth Haltman -- The plates. The butterflies of North America, diurnal Lepidoptera : whence the come, where they go, and what they do / by Titian Ramsay Peale -- The prospectus. Lepidoptera Americana : or, Original figures of the moths and butterflies of North America : in their various stages of existence, and the plants on which they feed, drawn on stone, and coloured from nature : with their characters, synonyms, and remarks on their habits and manners / by Titian Ramsay Peale -- The caterpillar album. Lepidoptera : larva, food-plant, pupa &c. / by Titian Ramsay Peale -- Titian Ramsay Peale's letter "to the publishers".

Pawpaw : in search of America's forgotten fruit

September 17, 2015
Moore, Andrew, 1985- author.
White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015.
xvi, 296 pages, 8 pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
As fruits go, the pawpaw is about as unique, historically important, and yet mysteriously undervalued as it gets. Despite an impressive resume, most people have probably never heard of the pawpaw, let alone bit into one. If you haven't yet eaten a pawpaw, Moore's lively and inquisitive book will have you seeking out the nearest pawpaw patch--Dust jacket.

Life on the edge : the coming of age of quantum biology

September 17, 2015
McFadden, Johnjoe.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]
xi, 351 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Introduction -- What is life? -- The engines of life -- The quantum beat -- Finding Nemo's home -- The butterfly, the fruit fly and the quantum robin -- Quantum genes -- Mind -- How life began -- Quantum biology: life on the edge of a storm -- Epilogue: quantum life.
Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? It is remarkable that in this age of cloning and even synthetic biology, nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation? Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene which provided a new perspective on evolution by shifting the focus of natural selection from organisms to genes, Life On The Edge alters our understanding of life from cells or biomolecules to the fundamental particles that drive life's dynamics. From this new perspective, life makes more sense as its missing ingredient is revealed to be quantum mechanics and the strange phenomena that lie at the heart of this most mysterious of sciences.

Resurrection science : conservation, de-extinction and the precarious future of wild things

September 15, 2015
O'Connor, M. R., 1982- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
266 pages ; 25 cm
An ark of toads -- Tracking chimeras in the Fakahatchee Strand -- Exuberant evolution in a desert fish -- Mysteries of the whale called 1334 -- Freezing crows -- Metaphysical rhinos -- Regenesis of the passenger pigeon -- Nice to meet you, neanderthal.
"A tour of current advances in biology and ethics demonstrates how humans are increasingly in control of evolution, exploring how as the scientific community endeavors to save near-extinct species, the creatures being saved become less wild and more dependent,"--Novelist.

The mystery of life : how nothing became everything

September 1, 2015
Schutten, Jan Paul, 1970- author.
New York : Aladdin ; Hillsboro, Oregon : Beyond Word, 2015.
229 pages : illustrations, color ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Dutch. Gottmer Uitgevers Groep 2013."
Marvels, mysteries, and you -- How old is the Earth? -- The history of everything in 1,620 words -- The greatest scientific idea of all time -- Evolution in brief -- All about the family -- How life on Earth began -- Surviving in the primeval oceans -- Half human, half fish -- Has the story of evolution been proven for sure? -- From mouse to man.
"No generation has yet had to cope with the kind of rapid changes in science and technology that are facing today's teens. This is why "STEM education" is the latest buzz term and science literacy is enjoying a renewed focus. A foundation in basic science is key. With decades of scientific knowledge behind him and a genuine sense of fun in his approach, Jan Paul Schutten rewards curiosity with engaging explanations about some of the most complicated scientific issues that exist, and tells readers that there is much left to discover. For example: Why does the paramecium deserve a standing ovation? How do you build a planet? Does a tree want to be tall? How does a bacterium turn into a blue whale? How can you survive without a rear end? How can you yourself see evolution at work? Why would aliens most likely be meat-eaters? Are scientists not telling us everything?"-- Provided by publisher.

Seeing seeds : a journey into the world of seedheads, pods, and fruit

August 27, 2015
Dunn Chace, Teri, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2015.
284 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Garden flowers -- Weeds and wildflowers -- Herbs, spices, fibers, and medicine -- Fruits and vegetables -- Shrubs and trees.

Sonic wind : the story of John Paul Stapp and how a renegade doctor became the fastest man on Earth

August 18, 2015
Ryan, Craig, 1953-
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton and Company, [2015]
x, 411 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part I: The glorious rebellion against dissolution. 1. Where are my children to-night? -- 2. The most interesting place -- 3. Colonel Tank and Colonel Gas -- 4. Scum jobs -- 5. the citadel of aeromedical research -- Part II: The hot Siberia of the Air Force. 6. The battle of Muroc -- 7. Oscar Eightball and the Curbstone Clinic -- 9. Stapp's first rides -- 10. G-force chimps -- 11. Brother, we are the goats -- 12. Evicted -- 13. Solo on Lovers Lane -- 14. Waiting for a tiger to spring -- 15. Subject had considerable apprehension -- Part III: Above the Armstrong Line. 16. The conference -- 17. Space scientists in Hollywood -- 18. Space scientists in space -- 19. The most significant apparatus -- 20. Kicked upstairs -- 21. The Survivors Club -- 22. Exit from Valley Forge -- 23. Nazi doctors and the never-ending road trip -- Part IV: The ghosts that never happened. 24. Washington -- 25. Slugging away at the standards -- 26. Who wants a resurrection, anyway? -- 27. Honor and violation -- 28. The Stapp years -- Appendix: How fast?
Documents the pivotal contributions of the late scientific visionary behind the development of seatbelts and ejection seats, outlining his dramatic experiments and battles for safety legislation that have been credited with saving millions of lives.

Evolving ourselves : how unnatural selection and nonrandom mutation are changing life on earth

August 17, 2015
Enriquez, Juan, 1959- author.
ix, 371 pages ; 24 cm
What would Darwin write today? -- Symptoms of Real-Time Evolution. Is autism a harbinger of our changing brains? ; The DarWa theory revisited... and a glimpse at a new theory ; Twenty generations to domesticate humans ; Violence and the lack thereof ; Allergies : another harbinger of our evolving bodies? ; Our unnatural "all natural" world ; Fat humans, fat animals : another symptom? ; Brave new sex -- How Does Evolution Really Work Now? The nature versus nurture wars ; Missing heredity, mysterious toxins ; Transgenerational inheritance - aka "voodoo biology" ; WWIV : nuking our microbes ; The "yucky" stuff inside you ; Autism revisited : three potential drivers ; Viruses : the roadrunners of evolution ; A perfectly modern pregnancy ; Bringing it all together : DESTINY is propelling evolution -- A World of Nonrandom Mutation. Playing with the building blocks of life ; Humans hijacking viruses ; Editing life on a grand scale ; Unnatural acts, designer babies, and Sex 2.0 ; Boyden brains -- Evolving Ourselves... Better living through chemistry? ; Forever young, beautiful, and fearless? ; Unnatural attraction ; Sports quandaries and beyond... ; Designer organs and cloned humans ; Evolving brains revisited ; The robot-computer-human interface ; Perhaps an ethical question or two? ; Technically life, technically death ; Trust whom? -- The Future of Life. I don't remember you... de-extinction ; Humanity's really short story ; Evolving hominins... ; Synthetic life ; Humans and hubris : does nature win in the end? ; Leaving earth? -- Epilogue. New evolutionary trees -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix. Darwin - true or false : did he get it right?.
Though these harbingers of change are deeply unsettling, the authors argue that we are also in an epoch of tremendous opportunity. New advances in biotechnology help us mitigate the cruel forces of natural selection, from saving prematurely born babies to gene therapies for sickle cell anemia and other conditions. As technology enables us to take control of our genes, we will be able to alter our own species and many others--a good thing, given that our eventual survival will require space travel and colonization, enabled by a fundamental redesign of our bodies. Future humans could become great caretakers of the planet, as well as a more diverse, more resilient, gentler, and more intelligent species--but only if we make the right choices now.

Mushrooms of the Midwest

August 17, 2015
Kuo, Michael, 1963- author.
427 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 26 cm
Introduction -- Collecting, documenting, and preserving mushrooms -- Using a microscope to study mushrooms -- Identification keys -- The mushrooms -- The evolutionary picture.
"Fusing general interest in mushrooming with serious scholarship, Mushrooms of the Midwest describes and illustrates over five hundred of the region's mushroom species. From the cold conifer bogs of northern Michigan to the steamy oak forests of Missouri, the book offers a broad cross-section of the fungi, edible and not, that can be found growing in the Midwest's diverse ecosystems. With hundreds of color illustrations, Mushrooms of the Midwest is ideal for amateur and expert mushroomers alike. Michael Kuo and Andrew S. Methven provide identification keys and thorough descriptions. The authors discuss the DNA revolution in mycology and its consequences for classification and identification, as well as the need for well-documented contemporary collections of mushrooms. Unlike most field guides, Mushrooms of the Midwest includes an extensive introduction to the use of a microscope in mushroom identification. In addition, Kuo and Methven give recommendations for scientific mushroom collecting, with special focus on ecological data and guidelines for preserving specimens. Lists of amateur mycological associations and herbaria of the Midwest are also included. A must-have for all mushroom enthusiasts!"--Page 4 of cover.


August 10, 2015
Grée, Alain, author.
Lewes, East Sussex : Button Books, an imprint of Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, Ltd., 2015.
47 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm

Tales of remarkable birds

July 29, 2015
Couzens, Dominic, author.
London, UK ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2015.
224 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Europe. Northern wren : roost site available, not everyone need apply ; Great spotted cuckoo : a cuckoo, yes - but not as we know it ; Great grey shrike : catching on to a neat idea ; Common crossbill : a bird with leftist tendencies ; Eurasian oystercatcher : the oystercatcher's trade unions -- Africa. Sunbirds : hovering might be catching ; Ostriches : the benefits of sharing a nest ; Straw-tailed whydah and purple grenadier : the strange case of the avian stalker ; Boubous : it takes two ; Widowbirds : a tale of two tails -- Asia. Greater racket-tailed drogo : the life of a professional agitator ; Yellow-browed warbler : the wrong-way migrant ; Pheasant-tailed jacana : children of the lily-pads ; Arabian babbler : keeping its friends close ; Swifts and swiftlets : living in the dark -- Australasia. White-winged chough : our family group needs some extra help ; Fairywrens : what is the significance of the flower gift? ; Great bowerbird : stage managing a nuptial bower ; Southern cassowary : don't mess with this big bird ; Varied sittellas : the benefits of working together -- North America. White-throated sparrow : a tale of two sparrows ; Black-capped chickadee : memories of garden birds ; Cliff swallow : unnatural selection ; Harris's hawk : the hunter-gatherer ; Marbled murrelet : breeding in a different world -- South America. Andean cock-of-the-rock : working together with its friends ; Toucans : why a big bill pays ; Antbirds : following the ants ; Tanagers : The crown jewels ; Hummingbirds : when the humming stops -- Antarctica. Rockhopper penguins : the most unloved egg ; Albatrosses : masters of the oceans ; Emperor and Galapagos penguins : a tale of two penguins ; Sheathbills : the basement cleaners ; Wandering albatross : a slow dance to success -- Islands. Swallow-tailed gull : making the most of dark nights ; Megapodes : the patter of great, big feet ; New Caledonian crow : the world's cleverest bird? ; Blue bird-of-paradise : figs and fruits turn paradise upside down ; Extinctions : islands : lands of lost birds.
Throughout the bird world, examples of strange and seemingly inexplicable behaviours abound. For example: Why do Male Fairywrens bring flowers to females as a nuptial gift in the pre-dawn darkness? Especially when the gift-givers are not the official mates of the females concerned, but visitors, and furthermore they may give these gifts in full view of the official mate. Why do gangs of White-winged Choughs 'kidnap' their neighbours' fledglings and then keep them in their 'gang'. Which bird is so big, strong and fierce that stories abound of it killing humans? This book looks at accounts of murderous Cassowaries and explains just what might have happened. What happens in an albatross 'divorce'? This book divides the world by continent and takes a series of extraordinary stories from each to illustrate a great diversity of bird behaviour. Each continent will have around five or six stories, each described in 1500 to 2000 words and examining the truths and the mythology behind each example. An intriguiguing book from an author with an ability to engage with his audience.

Storytelling apes : primatology narratives past and future

July 29, 2015
Pollock, Mary Sanders, 1948- author.
University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2015]
x, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
First contacts -- The primatology romance -- Tragedy of the field -- Morphology of the tale -- Primate characters -- Primatology and the carnival world.
"A literary analysis of the popular genre of the informal primatology field narrative. Explores the works of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Robert Sapolsky, and others in the contexts of scientific, literary, and conservation discourses"--Provided by publisher.

Spirals in time : the secret life and curious afterlife of seashells

July 27, 2015
Scales, Helen, author.
London, UK ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Sigma, 2015.
304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Meet the shell-makers -- How to build a shell -- Sex, death, and gems -- Shell food -- A mollusc called home -- Spinning shell stories -- Flight of the Argonauts -- Hunting for treasures -- Bright ideas -- The sea butterfly effect -- A note on shell-collecting -- Glossary : a word in your shell-like.
Offers an examination of mollusks, their shells, and their role in human culture, as well as their susceptibility to the effects of humans on the environment.

Hidden natural histories. Trees : the secret properties of 150 species

July 24, 2015
Kingsbury, Noël, author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
224 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.

The Columbian exchange : biological and cultural consequences of 1492

July 20, 2015
Crosby, Alfred W.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, ©2003.
xxvii, 283 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The contrasts -- Conquistador y pestilencia -- Old World plants and animals in the New World -- The early history of syphilis : a reappraisal -- New World foods and Old World demography -- The Columbian exchange continues.
Thirty years ago, Alfred Crosby published a small work that stressed a simple point - that the most important changes brought on by the voyages of Columbus were not social or political, but biological in nature. This 30th anniversary edition includes a new preface from the author.

Butterflies of the world

July 16, 2015
Hoskins, Adrian, author.
312 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Heavily illustrated coverage of the origin, evolution, life cycle, anatomy and other facts about butterflies.

Bees : an up-close look at pollinators around the world

July 15, 2015
Droege, Sam, author.
160 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
"While we eat, work, and sleep, bees are busy around the world. More than 20,000 species are in constant motion! They pollinate plants of all types and keep our natural world intact. In Bees, you'll find a new way to appreciate these tiny wonders. Sam Droege and Laurence Packer present more than 100 of the most eye-catching bees from around the world as you've never seen them: up-close and with stunning detail. You'll stare into alien-like faces. You'll get lost in mesmerizing colors and patterns, patches and stripes of arresting yellow or blue. Whether you linger on your first close look at the Western Domesticated Honey Bee or excitedly flip straight to the rare Dinagapostemon sicheli, there's no doubt you'll be blown away by the beauty of bees."--provided from

Beyond words : what animals think and feel

July 13, 2015
Safina, Carl, 1955- author.
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
xiii, 461 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"A John Macrae Book."
Into the mine field -- Trumpets of elephants. The big question ; The same basic plan ; Distinctly human? ; Deep and ancient circuits ; We are family ; Motherhood happens ; Do elephants love their babies? ; Elephant empathy ; Good grief ; I don't know how you say good-bye ; I say hello ; Holding back, letting go ; Troubled minds ; Ebony and ivory ; Where baby elephants come from -- Howls of wolves. Into the Pleistocene ; A perfect wolf ; Packing and unpacking ; The wolf named Six ; A shattering of promises ; In a time of truce ; Magnificent outcasts ; Where the wolf birds lead us ; Wolf music ; The hunter is a lonely heart ; A will to live ; Domestic servants ; Two ends of the same leash -- Whines and pet peeves. Never mind theory ; Sex, lies, and humiliated seabirds ; conceit and deceit ; Chuckles and wacky ideas ; Mirror, mirror ; And speaking of neurons ; People of an ancient nation -- Killer wails. Sea rex ; A more complex killer ; Just very sexual ; Inner visions ; Diverse minds ; Intelligent in what way? ; The social brain ; Woo-woo ; Helping in mind ; Do not disturb ; To have and to hold ; Expect personality ; A vision true and mighty -- Final scratch.
"Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. In Beyond Words, readers travel to Amboseli National Park in the threatened landscape of Kenya and witness struggling elephant families work out how to survive poaching and drought, then to Yellowstone National Park to observe wolves sort out the aftermath of one pack's personal tragedy, and finally plunge into the astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in the crystalline waters of the Pacific Northwest. Beyond Words brings forth powerful and illuminating insight into the unique personalities of animals through extraordinary stories of animal joy, grief, jealousy, anger, and love. The similarity between human and nonhuman consciousness, self-awareness, and empathy calls us to re-evaluate how we interact with animals" -- provided by publisher.


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