New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

August 17, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Plants honey bees use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys

August 16, 2019
Trimboli, Shannon R., author.
Glasgow, Kentucky : Solidago Press, 2018.
v, 302 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Across the country, honey bees gather nectar and pollen from a wide variety of plants. However, the specific plants a hive uses depends on its location. Some plants only grow in certain parts of the country. Other plants grow across a wide range, but honey bees may use them more in some states than in others. Written by a beekeeper and wildlife biologist, Plants Honey Bees Use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys contains full color pictures and descriptions of over 175 plants organized by when they bloom. Also included are chapters about honey bees and their plight, honey bee foraging behavior, factors that influence nectar and pollen production throughout a plant's range, and planting for honey bees.

Boletes of eastern North America

August 14, 2019
Bessette, Alan, author.
xviii, 469 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
"Boletes of Eastern North America offers readers a comprehensive field guide, including extensive descriptions and more than 350 rich color photographs. Each species listing includes the most recent scientific name with existing synonyms; common names when applicable; and an overview that includes field impressions, similar species, and detailed information about habitat, fruiting frequency, and geographic distribution. Because boletes are one of the most sought-after wild mushrooms, the authors have also included a section with information on collecting, cooking, and preserving them. Advanced students and professional mycologists, as well as amateur mushroom hunters, will find this field guide an indispensable resource."--Book description,

The re-origin of species : a second chance for extinct animals

August 14, 2019
Kornfeldt, Torill., author.
242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm
Translation of: 'Mammutens återkomst'. originally published : Sweden : Fri Tanke Förlag, 2016.
Introduction: A whole new world -- 1. Summer in Siberia -- 2. Who wants to build a mammoth? -- 3. Zombie Spring -- 4. A winged storm -- 5. New kid on the block -- 6. The rhino that came in from the cold -- 7. 'It's not quite that simple' -- 8. God's toolkit -- 9. The growing dead -- 10. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, is it an aurochs? -- 11. A wilder Europe -- 12. 'Most people would call this totally insane' -- 13. A chicken's inner dinosaur -- 14. The fine line between utopia and dystopia -- 15. A melting giant -- Conclusion: Life will find a way.
From the Siberian permafrost to balmy California, scientists across the globe are working to resurrect all kinds of extinct animals, from ones that just left us to those that have been gone for many thousands of years. Their tools in this hunt are both fossils and cutting-edge genetic technologies. Some of these scientists are driven by sheer curiosity; others view the lost species as a powerful weapon in the fight to preserve rapidly changing ecosystems. It seems certain that these animals will walk the earth again, but what world will that give us? And is any of this a good idea? Science journalist Torill Kornfeldt travelled the world to meet the men and women working to bring these animals back from the dead. Along the way, she has seen the mammoth that has been frozen for 20,000 years, and visited the places where these furry giants will live again.

Pleased to meet me : genes, germs, and the curious forces that make us who we are

August 2, 2019
Sullivan, Bill (William J.), 1970- author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2019]
335 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: meet the real you -- Meet your maker -- Meet your tastes -- Meet your appetite -- Meet your addictions -- Meet your moods -- Meet your demons -- Meet your match -- Meet your mind -- Meet your beliefs -- Meet your future -- Epilogue: meet the new you.

Biology : the easy way

August 2, 2019
Edwards, Gabrielle I., author.
New York, NY : Kaplan, Inc. d/b/a Barron's Educational Series, 2019.
xiv, 489 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
This new edition in Barron's Easy Way Series contains everything students need to succeed in biology. Key content review and practice exercises to help students learn biology the easy way.-- Amazon.

The mosquito : a human history of our deadliest predator

August 1, 2019
Winegard, Timothy C. (Timothy Charles), 1977- author.
x, 486 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A pioneering and groundbreaking work of narrative nonfiction that offers a dramatic new perspective on the history of humankind, this text shows how through millennia, the mosquito has been the single most powerful force in determining humanity's fate.

The cartoon guide to biology

July 23, 2019
Gonick, Larry.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
v, 313 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.

Incredible wild edibles : 36 plants that can change your life

July 18, 2019
Thayer, Samuel, author.
Bruce, WI : Forager's Harvest Press, [2017]
479 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 23 cm
"Incredible Wild Edibles covers 36 of the best edible wild plants in North America: fruits, berries, nuts, shoots, leafy greens, root vegetables, culinary herbs, teas, and syrups that boast exceptional flavor and nutrition. The plants chosen represent every habitat and every region in North America, from the northern forests to the southwest deserts, from the largest cities to the wildest mountains. Rather than cover hundreds of species in brief accounts that leave the reader unsure of how to proceed, Samuel Thayer encourages readers to thoroughly learn one plant at a time. Each of these traditional foods has a rich culinary and cultural history―a wholesome past that is still relevant for our health and happiness today. The text is fully accessible to the novice, but remains botanically accurate and has the in-depth information that seasoned foragers crave. Sharing the wisdom of a lifetime of daily foraging, the author answers all of the reader’s questions about each plant: How do I identify it? What might I confuse it with? Where can I find it? What part do I use, and when is it ready to be picked? How do I gather and prepare it? How can I be sure to harvest it responsibly? This discussion is accompanied by more than 350 color photos showing all the key features for identification, including potentially confusing species. Photos also depict the exact parts to use and the proper stage for collection. All of this is delivered in a familiar but authoritative tone, along with humorous anecdotes and insights from extensive real-life experience with each plant covered in the book. Incredible Wild Edibles contains an index, bibliography, illustrated glossary, range maps, and foraging calendar. This third volume in Thayer's Forager's Harvest series has no overlap of the plants covered in the first two volumes."

Hacking Darwin : genetic engineering and the future of humanity

July 8, 2019
Metzl, Jamie Frederic, author.
xxiii, 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: Entering the Genetic Age -- Where Darwin meets Mendel -- Climbing the complexity ladder -- Decoding identity -- The end of sex -- Divine sparks and pixie dust -- Rebuilding the living world -- Stealing immortality from the gods -- The ethics of engineering ourselves -- We contain multitudes -- The arms race of the human race -- The future of humanity.
"Genetic engineering isn't some far-off fantasy. It's arriving faster than most of us understand or are prepared for. When we can engineer our future children, massively extend our lifespans, build life from scratch, and recreate the plant and animal world, should we? At the dawn of the genetics revolution, our DNA is becoming as readable, writable, and hackable as our information technology. But as humanity starts retooling our own genetic code, the choices we make today will be the difference between realizing breathtaking advances in human well-being and descending into a dangerous and potentially deadly genetic arms race. From a leading geopolitical expert and technology futurist comes a groundbreaking exploration of the many ways genetic engineering is shaking the core foundations of our lives--sex, war, love, and death. Enter the laboratories where scientists are turning science fiction into reality. Look toward a future where our deepest beliefs, morals, religions, and politics are challenged like never before and the very essence of what it means to be human is at play. More than ever, it's critical for everyone to learn how our species will function and re-create itself in the new world. Passionate, provocative, and highly illuminating, [this book] is a guide to a future that has already begun."--Dust jacket.

Baby lions join the pride

July 8, 2019
New York : Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. ; 2019.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
"Deep in the African grassland two lions are born, a brother and a sister. See how these babies, small four-pound cubs born with their eyes shut, turn into full-grown adults with families of their own. The siblings wrestle, play, and learn to hunt; later, the brother will join a new pride, while the sister stays with her mother and aunts. Developed with the American Museum of Natural History, this nonfiction picture book features beautiful nature photography and an engaging narrative that kids will love!"

Leaves from the note book of a naturalist

June 27, 2019
Broderip, William John, 1789-1859.
London : J.W. Parker and Son, 1852.
xvi, 413 pages ; 20 cm
Nolan Room Collection.
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has brown boards with gilt lettering and floral pattern on spine. Marbled endpapers and edges. John Sheepshanks ex-libris plate affixed on inside front cover. Copy 1 has front cover detached.

Emperors of the deep : sharks--the ocean's most mysterious, most misunderstood, and most important guardians

June 26, 2019
McKeever, William, author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
vi, 311 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Challenges popular misconceptions to discuss the remarkable evolution of sharks and their essential role in maintaining a balanced ecosystem.

Buzz, sting, bite : why we need insects

June 26, 2019
Sverdrup-Thygeson, Anne, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
xix, 235 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Originally published in 2018 in Norway by J.M. Stenersens Forlag as Insektenes Planet."
Small creatures, smart design: insect anatomy -- Six-legged sex: dating, mating and parenting -- Eat or be eaten: insects in the food chain -- Insects and plants: a never-ending race -- Busy flies, flavoursome bugs: insects and our food -- The circle of life and death: insects as janitors -- From silk to shellac: industries of insects -- Lifesavers, pioneers and nobel prize-winners: insights from insects -- Insects and us: what's next?.
An informative introduction to the world of insects discusses the extensive variety of insects and their role in pollinating crops and flowers, providing food for other animals, and controlling organisms that are harmful to humans.

The way through the woods : on mushrooms and mourning

June 26, 2019
Long, Litt Woon, author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2019]
xii, 291 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published in Norwegian as Stien tilbake til livet by Vigmostad & Bjorke, Oslo in 2017.

Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast

June 25, 2019
Cotterman, Laura Mansberg, 1954- author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2019.
511 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Includes index.

The wolf connection : what wolves can teach us about being human

June 21, 2019
Alfero, Teo, author.
New York : Enliven Books/Atria, 2019.
ix, 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Supernavigators : exploring the wonders of how animals find their way

June 19, 2019
Barrie, David, 1953- author.
xiii, 301 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain as Incredible Journeys by Hodder & Stoughton in 2019"--Title page verso.
pt. 1. Navigating without maps. Mr. Steadman and the monarch ; Jim Lovell's magic carpet ; A tangled horror ; Of desert warfare and ants ; The dancing bees ; Dead reckoning ; The racehorse of the insect world ; Steering by the shape of the sky ; How birds find true north ; Heavenly dung beetles ; Giant peacocks ; Can birds smell their way home? ; Sound navigation ; The earth's magnetism ; So how does the monarch navigate? ; The silver "Y" ; The dark lord of the snowy mountain -- pt. 2. The Holy Grail. Map and compass navigation ; Can birds solve the longitude problem? ; The mystery of sea turtle navigation ; Costa Rican adventures ; A light in the darkness ; The great magnetic mystery ; The seahorses in our heads ; The human navigational brain -- pt. 3. Why does navigation matter? The language of the earth ; Conclusions.
"A globetrotting voyage of discovery celebrating the navigational superpowers of animals -- by land, sea, and sky. Animals plainly know where they're going, but how they get there has remained surprisingly mysterious -- until now. In Supernavigators, award-winning author David Barrie catches us up on the cutting-edge science. Here are astounding animals of every stripe: Dung beetles that steer by the light of the Milky Way. Ants and bees that rely on patterns of light invisible to humans. Sea turtles and moths that find their way using Earth's magnetic field. Humpback whales that swim thousands of miles while holding a rocksteady course. Birds that can locate their nests on a tiny island after crisscrossing an ocean. The age of viewing animals as unthinking drones is over. As Supernavigators makes clear, a stunning array of species command senses and skills -- and arguably, types of intelligence -- beyond our own. Weaving together interviews with leading animal behaviorists and the groundbreaking discoveries of Nobel Prize-winning scientists, David Barrie reveals these wonders in a whole new light." -- Provided by publisher.

Slime : how algae created us, plague us, and just might save us

June 14, 2019
Kassinger, Ruth, author.
xv, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Section I: In the beginning -- Pond life -- Something new under the sun -- Algae get complicated -- Land ho, going once -- Land ho, going twice -- Looking for lichens -- Section II: Glorious food -- Brain food -- Seaweed salvation -- On a grand scale -- Welshmen's delight -- A way of life -- Flash! -- Spirulina -- Section III: Practical matters -- Feeding plants and animals -- In the thick of it -- Land ho, going thrice -- Stuff -- Oil -- The algae's not for burning -- Ethanol -- The future of algae fuel -- Section IV: Algae and the changing climate -- Gad zoox -- Saving the reefs -- A plague upon us -- Clean-up -- Making monsters -- Geoengineering.
Say "algae" and most people think of pond scum. What they don't know is that without algae, none of us would exist. There are as many algae on Earth as stars in the universe, and they have been essential to life on our planet for eons. Algae created the Earth we know today, with its oxygen-rich atmosphere, abundant oceans, and coral reefs. Crude oil is made of dead algae, and algae are the ancestors of all plants. Today, seaweed production is a multi-billion dollar industry, with algae hard at work to make your sushi, chocolate milk, beer, paint, toothpaste, shampoo and so much more. In Slime we'll meet the algae innovators working toward a sustainable future: from seaweed farmers in South Korea, to scientists using it to clean the dead zones in our waterways, to the entrepreneurs fighting to bring algae fuel and plastics to market. With a multitude of lively, surprising science and history, Ruth Kassinger takes readers on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes, and into-the-kitchen tour. Whether you thought algae was just the gunk in your fish tank or you eat seaweed with your oatmeal, Slime will delight and amaze with its stories of the good, the bad, and the up-and-coming."--Page [2] of cover.

Giants of the monsoon forest : living and working with elephants

June 3, 2019
Shell, Jacob, 1983- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
255 pages, 24 innumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Catching elephants -- Powers of trunk and mind -- Muddy exodus -- A counterpoint in Africa -- Breakable chains -- Strange behaviors -- Camps and villages -- Pencil lines on a map -- Flood relief elephant.
Documents the complex working relationship between the elephants of Burma and India and their human riders, revealing how Asia's secret forest culture may offer a way to save the endangered species.

Symphony in C : carbon and the evolution of (almost) everything

June 3, 2019
Hazen, Robert M., 1948- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
xviii, 282 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Silence -- Movement 1, Earth : carbon, the element of crystals -- Movement 2, Air : carbon, the element of cycles -- Movement 3, Fire : carbon, the element of stuff -- Movement 4, Water : carbon, the element of life -- Finale : earth, air, fire, and water.

Temperate garden plant families : the essential guide to identification and classification

May 31, 2019
Goldblatt, Peter, 1943- author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2019.
315 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

Family foraging : a fun guide to gathering and eating wild plants

May 23, 2019
Hamilton, Dave, 1974- author.
Boulder, CO : Roost Books, 2019.
143 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"More than ever before, we need to find tangible ways for our children to experience the natural world on a regular basis. Foraging for wild food is one of the most exciting ways to get kids interested in the world around them--a day gathering wild blackberries and dandelion greens gets their hands dirty and uses all of their senses. This accessible, engaging guide gives families the tools they need to accurately describe each plant and how to tell it apart from any harmful lookalikes. This book also includes simple, seasonal recipes that readers of all ages can make with their delicious wild edibles: Pink lemonade made from staghorn sumac Toffee apples made from squeezed hawthorn berries Yummy chestnut and chocolate sauce Nettle and cream-cheese savory pancakes"-- Provided by publisher.

The beak of the finch : a story of evolution in our time

April 25, 2019
Weiner, Jonathan.
New York : Vintage Books, ©2014.
xv, 332 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Originally published: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.
Evolution in the flesh: Daphne major; What Darwin saw; Infinite variety; Darwin's beaks; A special providence; Darwin's forces; Twenty-five thousand Darwins -- New beings on this earth: Princeton; Creation by variation; The ever-turning sword; Invisible coasts; Cosmic partings; Fusion or fission?; New beings -- G.O.D.: Invisible characters; The gigantic experiment; The stranger's power; The resistance movement; A partner in the process; The metaphysical crossbeak -- Epilogue : God and the Galápagos.
On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have spent twenty years proving that Darwin did not know the strength of his own theory. For among the finches of Daphne Major, natural selection is neither rare nor slow: it is taking place by the hour, and we can watch. In this dramatic story of groundbreaking scientific research, Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin's finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself.--From publisher description.

Advanced genetic genealogy : techniques and case studies

April 19, 2019
Wayne, Debbie Parker. editor.
Cushing, Texas : Wayne Research ; 2019.
382 pages : illustrations, color charts ; 28 cm
Lessons learned from triangulating a genome / Jim Bartlett, PE -- Visual phasing methodology and techniques / Blaine T. Bettinger, JD, PhD -- X-DNA techniques and limitations / Kathryn J. Johnston, MD -- Y-DNA analysis for a family search / James M. Owston, EdD -- Unknown and misattributed parentage research / Melissa A. Johnson, CG -- The challenge of endogamy and pedigree collapse / Kimberly T. Powell -- Parker study: combining atDNA & Y-DNA / Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL -- Would you like your data raw or cooked? / Ann Turner, MD -- Drowning in DNA? The genealogical proof standard tosses a lifeline / Karen Stanbary, CG -- Correlating documentary and DNA evidence to identify an unknown ancestor / Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG -- Writing about, documenting, and publishing DNA test results / Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS -- Ethical underpinnings of genetic genealogy / Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL -- Uncovering family secrets: the human side of DNA testing / Michael D. Lacopo, DVM -- The promise and limitations of genetic genealogy / Debbie Kennett, MCG.
Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies is a textbook for an advanced DNA course for genealogist. It takes those with an intermediate-level understanding of genetic genealogy to the next level. Case studies demonstrate how to analyze the DNA test results, correlate with documentary evidence, and write about findings.

Down from the mountain : the life and death of a grizzly bear

April 18, 2019
Andrews, Bryce, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
274 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The valley -- Newcomers -- Field and fence -- High summer -- The edge of the stand -- Seeing -- Reaping -- Fallow -- Visiting -- Hunters -- Millie's place -- The exhibit -- Near the woods.
"The story of a bear named Millie: her life, death, and cubs, and what they reveal about the changing wilds of the American West"-- Provided by publisher.


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