New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

November 22, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Behold the beautiful dung beetle

November 21, 2014
Bardoe, Cheryl, 1971-
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, 2014.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm

Ocean : a photicular book

November 19, 2014
Kaufmann, Carol, author.
New York : Workman Publishing, [2014]
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Text runs parallel to spine.
Via a process that uses lenticular technology, sliding lenses, and original four-color video imagery, provides an introduction to various marine animals whose images appear to move.

The wild cat book

November 13, 2014
Sunquist, Fiona, author.
v, 268 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Panthera lineage. Lion ; Jaguar ; Tiger ; Snow leopard ; Leopard ; Clouded leopard -- Bay cat lineage. Bay cat ; Marbled cat ; Asiatic golden cat -- Caracal lineage. Serval ; Caracal ; African golden cat -- Ocelot lineage. Ocelot ; Margay ; Geoffroy's cat ; Guina ; Andean cat ; Oncilla ; Pampas cat -- Lynx lineage. Eurasian lynx ; Iberian lynx ; Canada lynx ; Bobcat -- Puma lineage. Cheetah ; Puma ; Jaguarundi -- Leopard cat lineage. Pallas's cat ; Fishing cat ; Leopard cat ; Flat-headed cat ; Rusty-spotted cat -- Domestic cat lineage. Domestic cat ; Black-footed cat ; Wildcats ; Sand cat ; Jungle cat.

Animal weapons : the evolution of battle

November 11, 2014
Emlen, Douglas John, 1967-
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
xiii, 270 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Extremes -- Starting small. Camouflage and armor ; Teeth and claws ; Claspers, graspers, and giant jaws -- Triggering the race. Competition ; Economic defensibility ; Duels -- Running its course. Costs ; Reliable signal ; Deterrence ; Sneaks and cheats ; End of the race -- Parallels. Castles of sand and stone ; Ships, planes, and states ; Mass destruction.

Mosquito handbook : an entertaining, fact-filled look at the dreaded pesky bloodsuckers

November 5, 2014
Ortler, Brett, author.
144 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm

Native fishes of Ohio

November 4, 2014
Rice, Daniel L., author.
xiv, 113 pages : color illustrations; 26 cm
Lampreys : living fossils -- Paddlefish, sturgeons, gars, and more: primitive and unique species -- Minnows, chubs and dace : life in a linear environment -- Shiners : exploiting a niche -- Suckers : swimming against the current -- Catfish : night stalkers -- Sticklebacks, musminnows, pirate perch, and others: life in small places -- Sunfish and bass : metallic iridescence -- Darters : a rainbow of colors -- Fish of lentic habitats: Lake erie -- Aliens: introduced species.

Undeniable : evolution and the science of creation

November 4, 2014
Nye, Bill.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
viii, 309 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"Sparked by a controversial debate in February 2014, Bill Nye has set off on an energetic campaign to spread awareness of evolution and the powerful way it shapes our lives. In Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, he explains why race does not really exist; evaluates the true promise and peril of genetically modified food; reveals how new species are born, in a dog kennel and in a London subway; takes a stroll through 4.5 billion years of time; and explores the new search for alien life, including aliens right here on Earth. With infectious enthusiasm, Bill Nye shows that evolution is much more than a rebuttal to creationism; it is an essential way to understand how nature works--and to change the world. It might also help you get a date on a Saturday night."

Woodpeckers of the world : a photographic guide

November 3, 2014
Gorman, Gerard, author.
528 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm


November 3, 2014
Orenstein, Ronald I. (Ronald Isaac), 1946- author.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, 2014.
256 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
"A visual feast of beautiful images and a comprehensive natural history of a unique and remarkable bird family."--P. [4] of cover.

The invisible history of the human race : how DNA and history shape our identities and our futures

October 29, 2014
Kenneally, Christine, author.
xi, 355 pages ; 24 cm
Ideas about what is passed down are passed down. Do not ask what gets passed down ; The history of family history ; The worst idea in history ; The Reich Genealogical Authority -- What is passed down? Silence ; Information ; Ideas and feelings ; The small grains of history ; DNA + culture ; Chunks of DNA ; The politics of DNA ; The history of the world -- How what is passed down shapes bodies and minds. The past is written on your face : DNA, traits, and what we make of them ; The past may not make you feel better : DNA, history, and health.
"How biology, psychology, and history shape us as individuals. We are doomed to repeat history if we fail to learn from it, but how are we affected by the forces that are invisible to us? In The Invisible History of the Human Race, Christine Kenneally draws on cutting-edge research to reveal how both historical artifacts and DNA tell us where we come from and where we may be going. While some books explore our genetic inheritance and popular television shows celebrate ancestry, this is the first book to explore how everything from DNA to emotions to names and the stories that form our lives are all part of our human legacy. Kenneally shows how trust is inherited in Africa, silence is passed down in Tasmania, and how the history of nations is written in our DNA. From fateful, ancient encounters to modern mass migrations and medical diagnoses, Kenneally explains how the forces that shaped the history of the world ultimately shape each human who inhabits it"--Provided by publisher.

Animal stories : encounters with Alaska's wildlife

October 28, 2014
Sherwonit, Bill, 1950- author.
Portland, Oregon : Alaska Northwest Books, 2014.
274 pages ; 23 cm

In search of lost frogs : the campaign to rediscover the world's rarest amphibans

October 27, 2014
Moore, Robin (Photographer), author.
256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 26 cm
Foreword / by George Meyer -- Prologue -- Spawning a passion -- The great disappearing act -- The smoking gun -- The grand curtain of life -- Lazarus frogs -- The search for lost frogs -- The thin line between life and death -- In search of the Mesopotamia beaked toad, Colombia -- Lost and found -- Lost frogs in the land of the living dead, Haiti -- Lost! : amphibians of India -- Most wanted, still lost -- In search of the Hula painted frog, Israel -- In search of the variable harlequin frog, Costa Rica -- Second chances -- The song of the spadefoot -- The last word -- Expeditions in search of lost frogs.

Creatures of the deep : in search of the sea's monsters and the world they live in

October 22, 2014
Hoyt, Erich, author.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books Ltd., 2014.
288 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 29 cm
In this updated and expanded edition of Creatures of the Deep, award winning nature and science writer Erich Hoyt gives readers a glimpse of the amazing variety of creatures found in the deepest parts of the ocean. Weaving together details from the latest scientific research about sharks, giant squid, dragonfish, huge tube worms, clams and tiny microbes of the deep sea vents, Hoyt embarks on a magical journey roaming across the abyssal plains and descending into deep sea trenches more than 20,000 feet down. Hoyt unravels the complex predator-prey relationships, from "killer" copepods to battles between giant squid and sperm whales, presenting compelling portraits of animals that are superbly adapted denizens of a dark high pressure world. There are life forms, independent of sunlight and photosynthesis, which flourish around the hot, sulfurous deep sea vents in the magnificent rift valley of the mid ocean ridge, the world's longest mountain range. Surviving in conditions that appear to be close to the very soup of primordial Earth, these microbes have become the basis for the latest research into Earth's origins. Fully illustrated with fantastic underwater imagery.

Tales from Gombe

October 22, 2014
Shah, Anup, 1949- author, photographer.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books Ltd., 2014.
324 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 29 x 35 cm
"First published by the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD"--Title page verso.
The F, G, and T dynasties -- Fifi's boys : Freud vs. Frodo -- The struggle for power -- Kris, Fanni and others -- The new order -- Strange happenings in the G Dynasty -- More bizarre events in the G Dynasty -- The rise of the S Dynasty -- The minor dynasties and the immigrants -- The ones we lost -- The male hierarchy.

A worldwide travel guide to sea turtles

October 17, 2014
Nichols, Wallace J., author.
xvi, 221 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Foreword / by Stephen Curley -- Preface -- Sea turtles and the threats to their survival -- Sea turtle species -- The nesting experience -- Threats to sea turtles -- A traveler's guide to sea turtles -- United States -- California and the West Coast -- Florida -- Georgia -- Hawaii -- North Carolina -- South Carolina -- Texas -- Caribbean islands -- Cayman Islands sea turtle farming -- Cuba -- Dominica -- Grenada -- Puerto Rico -- St. Eustatius -- Trinidad and Tobago -- US Virgin Islands -- Mexico -- Baja California Sur -- Colima -- Guerrero -- Oaxaca -- Quintana Roo -- Central America -- Costa Rica -- El Salvador -- Guatemala -- Nicaragua -- Panama -- South America -- Brazil -- Uruguay -- Mediterranean Sea -- Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles, Athens -- The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, Zakynthos -- Africa -- Cape Verde -- Gabon -- Ghana -- Kenya, Watamu Turtle Program -- Mozambique -- South Africa -- Indian Ocean -- India -- Oman -- South Pacific -- National Park of American Samoa/National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa -- Australia -- Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands -- Indonesia -- Ulithi Sea Turtle Project, Micronesia -- Samoa -- Arnavons Community Marine Conservation Area, Solomon Islands -- Captive encounters -- Reef HQ Aquarium, Australia -- Neotropical Foundation, Tenerife, Canary Islands -- Xcaret, Quintana Roo, Mexico -- South Africa -- United States -- Resources and organizations.

Taxidermy art : a rogue's guide to the work, the culture, and how to do it yourself

October 16, 2014
Marbury, Robert, author.
New York : Artisan, [2014].
240 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In this collection of taxidermy art, you'll find a winged monkey with a fez and a martini glass, a jewel-encrusted piglet, a bionic fawn, and a polar bear balancing on a floating refrigerator. Author Robert Marbury makes for a friendly (and often funny) guide, addressing the three big questions people have about taxidermy art: What is it all about? Can I see some examples? and How can I make my own? He takes readers through a brief history of taxidermy (and what sets artistic taxidermy apart) and presents stunning pieces from the most influential artists in the field. Rounding out the book are illustrated how-to lessons to get readers started on their own work, with sources for taxidermy materials and resources for the budding taxidermist.

Animals that make me say wow!

October 13, 2014
Cusick, Dawn, author.
80 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
"Cusick explores how gravity-defying flight, coiled and tubelike tongues, bite-proof armor and other surprising adaptations in animal bodies and behavior provide a competitive edge. This presentation of amazing animal facts is loosely organized into three sections: defense, foraging and anatomy. There's a short introduction for each section followed by a series of boxed explanations interspersed among a gallery of close-up photographs, mostly from the National Wildlife Federation archives. Some images are quite wonderful: a family of cygnets riding a swan's back, a porcupine chewing on a branch, an unidentified moth with a coiled tongue. Others are really too small to see details well. Some images are clearly labeled with the creature's name; others can be guessed from the nearby text, but some will be mysteries (perhaps better than the "great egret" caption for the snowy egret picture). Readers are asked some thought-provoking questions as well as offered cool facts. Scavenger-hunt challenges in the concluding section call for both inside and outside research. A companion volume, Animals That Make Me Say OUCH!, follows the same format, but its third section deals with adaptations for hostile environments. Both titles feature lively, colorful design. Best for browsers who like their facts fast" -- Kirkus Reviews

Unlikely heroes : 37 inspiring stories of courage and heart from the animal kingdom

October 9, 2014
Holland, Jennifer S., author.
New York : Workman Publishing, [2014]
246 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Thirty-seven stories of acts of animal heroism, including a pod of dolphins that shielded a group of swimmers from a great white shark and a feral male cat who risked everything to protect a kitten in a tornado.

Daisy to the rescue : true stories of daring dogs, paramedic parrots, and other animal heroes

October 7, 2014
Campbell, Jeff, author.
San Francisco, CA : Zest Books, [2014]
336 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Collects over fifty true stories of heroic animals rescuing people, including a pot-bellied pig, parrot, dolphin, and half-breed wolf, with current scientific research about the human-animal bond.

The race to save the Lord God Bird

October 1, 2014
Hoose, Phillip M., 1947-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2014].
212 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Tells the story of the ivory-billed woodpecker's extinction in the United States, describing the encounters between this species and humans, and discussing what these encounters have taught us about preserving endangered creatures.

Arrival of the fittest : solving evolution's greatest puzzle

September 30, 2014
Wagner, Andreas, 1967 January 26- author.
New York, New York : Current, 2014.
viii, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
World enough, and time -- What Darwin didn't know -- The origin of innovation -- The universal library -- Shapely beauties -- Command and control -- The hidden architecture -- From nature to technology -- Plato's cave.
"Wagner draws on over fifteen years of research to present the missing piece in Darwin's theory. Using experimental and computational technologies that were heretofore unimagined, he has found that adaptations are not just driven by chance, but by a set of laws that allow nature to discover new molecules and mechanisms in a fraction of the time that random variation would take"

National Geographic complete birds of North America

September 29, 2014
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2014]
743 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm
"Now covering more than 1,000 species with the most-detailed information found in a single volume"--Cover.

Planet of the bugs : evolution and the rise of insects

September 24, 2014
Shaw, Scott R. (Scott Richard), author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2014.
xiv, 240 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Time travel with insects -- The buggy planet -- Rise of the arthropods : the Cambrian period, 541-485 million years ago, and the Ordovician period, 485-444 million years ago -- Silurian landfall : the Silurian period, 444-419 million years ago -- Six feet under the moss : the Devonian period, 419-359 million years ago -- Dancing on air : the Carboniferous period, 359-299 million years ago -- Paleozoic holocaust : the Permian period, 299-252 million years ago -- Triassic spring : the Triassic period, 252-201 million years ago -- Picnicking in Jurassic park : the Jurassic period, 201-145 million years ago -- Cretaceous bloom and doom : the Cretaceous period, 145-66 million years ago -- Cenozoic reflections : the Cenozoic era, 66 million years ago to the present day -- The buggy universe hypothesis.

Lost animals : extinction and the photographic record

September 23, 2014
Fuller, Errol, author.
256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Originally published: London : Bloomsbury, 2013.
Atitlán giant grebe -- Alaotra grebe -- Pink-headed duck -- Heath hen -- Wake Island rail -- Laysan rail -- Eskimo curlew -- Passenger pigeon -- Carolina parakeet -- Paradise parrot -- Laughing owl -- Ivory-billed woodpecker -- Imperial woodpecker -- New Zealand bush wren -- Aldabra brush warbler -- Bachman's warbler -- Kauaʻi ʻOʻo -- ʻOʻu -- Mamo -- Poʻouli -- Guam flycatcher -- Thylacine -- Greater short-tailed bat -- Caribbean monk seal -- Yangtze River dolphin -- Quagga -- Schomburgk's deer -- Bubal hartebeest.
A photograph of an extinct animal evokes a greater feeling of loss than any painting ever could. Often black and white or tinted sepia, these remarkable images have been taken mainly in zoos or wildlife parks, and in some cases depict the last known individual of the species. Lost Animals is a unique photographic record of extinction, presented by a world authority on vanished animals. Richly illustrated throughout, this handsome book features photographs dating from around 1870 to as recently as 2004, the year that witnessed the demise of the Hawaiian Po'ouli. From a mother Thylacine and her pups to birds such as the Heath Hen and the Carolina Parakeet, Errol Fuller tells the story of each animal, explains why it became extinct, and discusses the circumstances surrounding the photography. Covering 28 extinct species, this book includes familiar examples like the last Passenger Pigeon, Martha, and one of the last Ivory-billed Woodpeckers, photographed as it peers quizzically at the hat of one of the biologists who has just ringed it. But the book includes rare images as well, many never before published. Collected together here for the first time, these photographs provide a tangible link to animals that have now vanished forever, in a book that brings the past to life while delivering a warning for the future.

Wallace, Darwin, and the origin of species

September 22, 2014
Costa, James T., 1963- author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
xvii, 331 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Alfred Russel Wallace : a short biography / by Andrew Berry -- Granted the law : Alfred Russel Wallace's evolutionary travels -- The consilient Mr. Wallace : transmutation and related themes of Wallace's Species notebook -- Wallace and Darwin : parallels, intersections, and departures on the evolutionary road -- Two indefatigable naturalists : Wallace and Darwin's watershed papers -- A striking coincidence : The Wallace and Darwin papers of 1858 compared -- True with a vengeance : from delicate arrangement to conspiracy : a guide -- Coda: The force of admiration.
Charles Darwin is often credited with discovering natural selection, but the idea was not his alone. The naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, working independently, saw the same process at work and elaborated much the same theory. Their important scientific contributions made both men famous in their lifetimes, but Wallace slipped into obscurity after his death, while Darwin's renown grew. Dispelling the misperceptions that continue to paint Wallace as a secondary figure, James Costa reveals the two naturalists as true equals in advancing one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time. Analyzing Wallace's "Species Notebook," Costa shows how Wallace's methods and thought processes paralleled Darwin's, yet inspired insights uniquely his own. Kept during his Southeast Asian expeditions of the 1850s, the notebook is a window into Wallace's early evolutionary ideas. Most important, it demonstrates conclusively that natural selection was not some idea Wallace stumbled upon, but the culmination of a decade-long quest to solve the mystery of the origin of species.--From publisher description.


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