These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
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.
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.
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.
February 27, 2014
Steele, Philip, 1948- author.
New York : Kingfisher, 
48 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
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, 
32 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
February 10, 2014
Morgan, Emily R. (Emily Rachel), 1973-
Arlington, VA : NSTA Kids, 
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.
February 7, 2014
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.
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.
January 15, 2014
Jackson, Christine E. (Christine Elisabeth), 1936-, author.
[Withersfield, Suffolk, England] : Published privately by Christine E. Jackson, 
xxi, 234 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 27 cm
"October 2013"--Page 4 of cover.
January 15, 2014
Arlon, Penelope, author.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
"Free digital activities"--Cover.
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.
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.
January 13, 2014
De Queiroz, Alan.
New York : Basic Books, 
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.
January 7, 2014
Turner, Alexis, 1963- author.
New York : Rizzoli, 2013.
255 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
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.
December 17, 2013
O'Toole, Christopher, author.
Richmond Hill, Ontario ; Buffalo, New York : Firefly Books, 
240 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 29 cm
"A Peter N. Névraumont book."
What are bees? The wasp inheritance ; The business of being a bee -- The many ways of being a bee. Solitary bees ; Social bees ; The male of the species -- Bees and flowering plants. The pollination market ; Squash bees and other pollen specialists ; Bees and orchids -- Bees and other animals. The enemies of bees ; The conservation and management of bees ; Bees and people ; Bees in folklore ; Bees in folk and modern medicine ; Bee projects: becoming a backyard bee scientist.
The vital role of bees in human ecology is underlined by the estimate that every third mouthful of human food is dependent on the pollinating services of bees.
December 16, 2013
Muñoz Chacón, Federico.
Ithaca : Comstock Pub. Associates, 2013.
172 p. : col. ill. ; 17 cm.
"A Zona Tropical publication."
December 16, 2013
x, 206 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Prologue -- First encounter -- Whale spotting -- A symphony of moos -- The inside-out tooth -- Mythology -- Melting ice -- Greenland -- Subsistence -- Muktuk -- To the east -- Playing catch -- Gaining ground -- Looking ahead.
Drawing on the knowledge of scientists, Inuit storytellers, and historians, explores the behaviors and habitat of the northernmost whale on the planet, and reveals how it is struggling to survive as the world's climate changes.
December 16, 2013
Stephenson, Tom (Musician)
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2013
560 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 22 cm.
How to use this book -- Icons and key terms -- How to use the maps -- Topographic tour -- What to notice on a warbler -- Aging and sexing warblers -- Understanding sonograms -- How to listen to warbler songs -- Learning chip and flight calls -- Visual finder guides -- Warbler song finder charts -- Chip call finder -- Flight call finder -- Species accounts -- Quiz and review -- Warblers in flight -- North American warbler taxonomy -- Measurements -- Silhouettes -- Habitat and behavior.
Warblers are among the most challenging birds to identify. They exhibit an array of seasonal plumages and have distinctive yet oft-confused calls and songs. The guide enables birders to quickly identify any of the 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada.
December 16, 2013
Doherty, P. C. (Peter C.)
New York : The Experiment, 
247 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"An earlier version of this book was originally published by Melbourne University Publishing Limited, Australia, in 2012"--Title page verso.
Searching for puffins : an introduction -- Distant relatives -- Chick embryos and other developing life forms -- Sentinel chickens -- Falling crows -- Ticks, sheep, grouse and the glorious twelfth -- Flu flies -- Bird flu : from Hong Kong to Qinghai Lake and beyond -- Bird flu guys -- Bug detectives -- Hawaiian wipeout -- The great parrot panic of 1929-30 -- Catching cancer -- Blue bloods and chicken bugs -- Killing the vultures -- Heavy metal -- Red knots and crab eggs -- Hot birds -- For the birds, and for us -- Latin binomials for common bird names.
Darwin : a graphic biography : the really exciting and dramatic story of a man who mostly stayed at home and wrote some books
December 10, 2013
Byrne, Eugene, author.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, ©2013.
96 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
The life and career of scientist Charles Darwin.
December 4, 2013
Johnson, Jinny, 1949-
Minneapolis, MN : Millbrook Press, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, 2013.
128 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 30 cm
Uses maps and illustrations to introduce the animals of the world.
November 27, 2013
Billings, Lee, author.
New York, New York : Current, 
vii, 294 pages ; 24 cm
Looking for longevity -- Drake's orchids -- A fractured empire -- The worth of a world -- After the gold rush -- The big picture -- Out of equilibrium -- Aberrations of the light -- The order of the null -- Into the barren lands.
An intimate history of Earth and the quest for life beyond the solar system traces the discoveries of thousands of "exoplanets" throughout the past two years, including some with Earth-like characteristics that could possibly support life.
November 22, 2013
Ouchley, Kelby, 1951- author.
Gainesville, FL : University Press of Florida, 
138 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Natural history. In the beginning ; Names and places ; "Their toes are five in number" ; To build an alligator ; Root hog, or die -- The human factor. First encounters ; Near fatal attraction ; A love/hate relationship ; "What good is it?" -- Afterword.
A natural history of the American alligator.
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