New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

August 17, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Lamarck's revenge : how epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of evolution's past and present

August 16, 2018
Ward, Peter D. (Peter Douglas), 1949- author.
©2018
273 pages ; 24 cm
"In the 1700s, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck first described epigenetics to explain the inheritance of acquired characteristics; however, his theory was supplanted in the 1800s by Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection through heritable genetic mutations. But natural selection could not adequately explain how rapidly species re-diversified and repopulated after mass extinctions. Now advances in the study of DNA and RNA have resurrected epigenetics, which can create radical physical and physiological changes in subsequent generations by the simple addition of a single small molecule, thus passing along a propensity for molecules to attach in the same places in the next generation. Epigenetics is a complex process, but paleontologist and astrobiologist Peter Ward breaks it down for general readers, using the epigenetic paradigm to reexamine how the history of our species--from deep time to the outbreak of the Black Plague and into the present--has left its mark on our physiology, behavior, and intelligence. Most alarming are chapters about epigenetic changes we are undergoing now triggered by toxins, environmental pollutants, famine, poor nutrition, and overexposure to violence. Lamarck's Revenge is an eye-opening and provocative exploration of how traits are inherited, and how outside influences drive what we pass along to our progeny."--Page [2] of cover.

Bugs rule! : an introduction to the world of insects

August 16, 2018
Cranshaw, Whitney, author.
©2013
xi, 480 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Introduction to the arthropods -- What one sees on the outside : external features of insects -- The internal organization -- Growth and metamorphosis -- The arachnids : spiders, scorpions, mites, and other eight-legged wonders -- The "other" arthropods -- Oldies but goodies -- Insects fly! -- Jumpers and strollers : grasshoppers, crickets, and walkingsticks -- Variety is the spice of life : some minor, but interesting, insect orders -- Roach cities and assassin cousins -- Lousy nitpickers -- Life on an all-fluid diet -- Insect bruisers and their lacewinged cousins -- City builders that rule -- Scale-winged beauties and custom homebuilders -- "Gift" bearers of plague : or a plump insect wedding present -- Marvels of the air : two-winged wonders.
Provides a lively introduction to the biology and natural history of insects and their noninsect cousins, such as spiders, scorpions, and centipedes. This richly illustrated textbook features more than 830 color photos, a concise overview of the basics of entomology, and numerous sidebars that highlight and explain key points. Detailed chapters cover each of the major insect groups, describing their physiology, behaviors, feeding habits, reproduction, human interactions, and more.

Cracking the AP biology exam.

August 2, 2018
New York : Random House, Inc., c1997-
v. ; 28 cm.
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

Shark quest : protecting the ocean's top predators

July 30, 2018
Young, Karen Romano, author.
©2019
128 pages : illustrations (mostly color), maps ; 24 cm
The trouble with sharks -- What's a shark? -- Feeding the beast -- Chain of life -- Swimming with sharks -- What do shark researchers do at sea? -- What do shark researchers do on shore? -- For the sharks, citizen science.
"Readers will learn all about sharks and the human relationship with sharks, including how researchers study sharks at sea and how students can get involved in learning more about sharks and helping to protect these incredible creatures"-- Provided by publisher.

The truth about animals : stoned sloths, lovelorn hippos, and other tales from the wild side of wildlife

July 26, 2018
Cooke, Lucy, 1970- author.
©2018
336 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Originally published under title: The unexpected truth about animals : a menagerie of the misunderstood. London : Transworld Publishers, 2017.
Introduction -- Eel -- Beaver -- Sloth -- Hyena -- Vulture -- Bat -- Frog -- Stork -- Hippopotamus -- Moose -- Panda -- Penguin -- Chimpanzee -- Conclusion.
When seeking to understand animals, context is key. Humans have a habit of viewing the animal kingdom through the prism of our own narrow existence. Zoologist and documentary filmmaker Lucy Cooke is fascinated by the myths people create about animals to fill in the gaps in our understanding, and how much they reveal about the mechanics of discovery and the people doing the discovering. In this book she has gathered together the biggest misconceptions and mistakes made about the animal kingdom, and recounts the experiences that have opened her eyes to many surprising realities about animals and the progress of animal science.

Soul healing with our animal companions : the hidden keys to a deeper animal-human connection

July 23, 2018
Billups, Tammy, author.
©2016
xiii, 177 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Originally published in 2016 by Booklogix under the title Beyond the Fur: Discover the Hidden Keys to Understanding Your Animals' Behaviors and Physical Issues."
The origin: My pathway to animals ; Energy and emotions -- The reflection: The looking glass ; Symbolic messages -- The connection: Their emotional wounds -- The knowing: The love bind ; Projection happens ; Perfection is overrated -- The reason: Higher purpose -- The way: Big decisions ; Easing though change ; Imagining the positive ; Reaping the rewards -- Epilogue: their love letter to you.
Learn to explore and deepen your relationship with your animals. Also shows how you can co-evolve along with your animal companions, experience unconditional love, and, ultimately, enact healing for both animal and caregiver.

The spiritual nature of animals : a country vet explores the wisdom, compassion, and souls of animals

July 23, 2018
Stange, Karlene, 1954- author.
©2017
291 pages ; 23 cm
Ambulatory horse doctor -- The beginning: creation and the garden paradise -- The hunter-gatherer: shamanism -- Mother Nature: the great transformer -- Hinduism: escape from samsara -- Buddhism: finding peace of mind -- Islam, Judaism, and Christianity: the God of Abraham -- Science: seeking evidence -- Spirituality: mystics, clairvoyants, channels, and animal communicators -- A happy ending,
"Karlene Stange's spiritual journey began as she drove her pickup loaded with medical supplies to attend to animals throughout southwestern Colorado, where the Animas River carves the landscape. As an ambulatory veterinarian, she has experienced the challenges, sorrows, and joys of working with creatures great and small and feels a powerful kinship with these beautiful beings, a bond that goes beyond flesh and fur and feathers. The Spiritual Nature of Animals chronicles her amazing exploration through the teachings of various religious and cultural traditions, as well as her encounters with the magnificent Rocky Mountain terrain and the quirky characters -- both animal and human -- who inhabit it."--Back cover.

Staying with the trouble : making kin in the Chthulucene

July 18, 2018
Haraway, Donna Jeanne, author.
Durham : Duke University Press, 2016.
xv, 296 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- Playing string figures with companion species -- Tentacular thinking : Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene -- Sympoiesis : symbiogenesis and the lively arts of staying with the trouble -- Making kin : Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene -- Awash in urine : DES and premarin in multispecies response-ability -- Sowing worlds : a seed bag for terraforming with earth others -- A curious practice -- The Camille stories : children of compost.
"In the midst of spiraling ecological devastation, multispecies feminist theorist Donna J. Haraway offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants. She eschews referring to our current epoch as the Anthropocene, preferring to conceptualize it as what she calls the Chthulucene, as it more aptly and fully describes our epoch as one in which the human and nonhuman are inextricably linked in tentacular practices. The Chthulucene, Haraway explains, requires sym-poiesis, or making-with, rather than auto-poiesis, or self-making. Learning to stay with the trouble of living and dying together on a damaged earth will prove more conducive to the kind of thinking that would provide the means to building more livable futures. Theoretically and methodologically driven by the signifier SF--string figures, science fact, science fiction, speculative feminism, speculative fabulation, so far--Staying with the Trouble further cements Haraway's reputation as one of the most daring and original thinkers of our time."--Publisher's description.

Wildebeest migration

July 18, 2018
Hansen, Grace, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Abdo Kids, [2018]
24 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 24 x 29 cm
Includes index.
Readers will learn about the impressive migration of wildebeest living in the Serengeti in Tanzania, Africa. The title will cover information like why and when they migrate, how far they migrate, and where they migrate. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Abdo Kids Jumbo is an imprint of Abdo Kids, a division of ABDO.

The wonderful Mr Willughby : the first true ornithologist

July 11, 2018
Birkhead, T. R.
©2018
xii, 353 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bitten by the snake of learning -- John Ray and the cunning craftsmanship of nature -- A momentous decision -- Continental journey: the low countries -- Images of central Europe -- Italian sophistication and Spanish desolation -- Back at Middleton -- Curious about birds: illness and death -- Into the light: publication -- A sustained finale: Willughby's buzzard takes flight.
Francis Willughby lived and thrived in the midst of the rapidly accelerating scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. Traveling with his Cambridge tutor John Ray, they decided to overhaul the whole of natural history by imposing order on its messiness and complexity. It was exhilarating, exacting, and exhausting work. Yet before their first book, Ornithology , could be completed, Willughby died in 1672. Since then, Ray's reputation has grown, obscuring that of his collaborator. Now, for the first time, Willughby's story and genius are given the attention they deserve. In his too-short life, Francis Willughby helped found the Royal Society, differentiated birds through identification of their distinguishing features, and asked questions that were, in some cases, centuries ahead of their time.

Adventures of a young naturalist : the zoo quest expeditions

July 10, 2018
Attenborough, David, 1926- author.
©2017
xvi, 393 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Book one: Zoo quest to Guyana. To Guyana ; Tiny McTurk and cannibal fish ; The painted cliff ; Sloths and snakes ; Spirits in the night ; Shanties on the Mazaruni ; Vampires and Gertie ; Mr. King and the mermaid ; Return -- Book two: Zoo quest for a dragon. To Indonesia ; The faithful Jeep ; Bali ; The animals of Bali ; Volcanoes and pickpockets ; Arrival in Borneo ; Charlie, the orangutan ; A perilous journey ; The Island of Komodo ; The dragons ; Postscript -- Book three: Zoo quest to Paraguay. To Paraguay ; The decline of a luxury cruise ; Butterflies and birds ; Nests on the camp ; Beasts in the bathroom ; Chasing a giant ; Ranch in the Chaco ; Chaco journey ; A second search ; Moving a menagerie.
"In 1954, David Attenborough, a young television presenter was offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to travel the world finding rare and elusive animals for London Zoo's collection, and to film the expedition for the BBC for a new show called Zoo Quest"-- Provided by publisher.

Essential native trees and shrubs for the eastern United States : the guide to creating a sustainable landscape

July 10, 2018
Dove, Tony, author.
©2018
xviii, 312 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Part I. Site conditions and plant attributes. Trees ; Shrubs. A cross-referenced listing of select trees and shrubs by cultural and aesthetic uses in the landscape -- Part II. Primary trees and shrubs. Select plant profiles; each entry has aesthetic and cultural information, companion plants, wildlife interest and, where appropriate, selected varieties -- Part III. Secondary plants. A list of native plants with desirable landscape features but limitations that may outweigh their desirable traits.

Eye of the shoal : a fish-watcher's guide to life, the ocean and everything

July 9, 2018
Scales, Helen, author.
©2018
320 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series numbering from dust jacket.
Prologue: The wandering ichthyologist -- Ichthyo-curiosities : Sedna the sea goddess -- A view from the deep : introducing the fish. How the flounder lost its smile -- Outrageous acts of colour. The salmon of knowledge -- Illuminations. O-namazu -- Anatomy of a shoal. Osiris and the elephantfish -- Fish food. Vatnagedda -- Toxic fish. Chipfalamfula -- How fish used to be. The doctor of the sea -- Fish symphonies. The fish and the golden shoe -- (Re)thinking fish -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Illustration species list.
Seventy per cent of the earth's surface is covered by water and reigning supreme among its creatures are the fish. Their mesmerizing and complex lives remain largely unseen, hidden beneath the waterline, out of sight and out of mind. Scales helps readers fathom the depths and watch these animals going about the glorious business of being fish. She inspires readers to think again about these animals and the seas they inhabit, and to go out and appreciate the wonders of fish.-- adapted from jacket.

Pasta for nightingales : a 17th-century handbook of bird-care and folklore

July 9, 2018
Olina, Giovanni Pietro, active 1622, author.
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2018. ©2018
ix, 133 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm
Simultaneously published: London : Royal Collection Trust.
"Translation from the original Italian by Kate Clayton in association with First Edition Cambridge, UK. Edited by Sarah Kane"--Colophon.
"Cassiano dal Pozzo, (1588-1657) now celebrated as one of the most important art patrons in Italy of the seventeenth century, commissioned a number of exquisite studies of birds as part of his famous "Paper Museum." In 1622 the lawyer and ornithologist Giovanni Pietro Olina used these drawings, which are now kept in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, as the basis for the illustrations in his Uccelliera. Pasta for Nightingales combines Cassiano's original artwork with selections from the first modern translation of Olina's text. It includes such enchanting insights as the idea that robins suffered from dizziness and that the hoopoe overindulged in grapes until it became "dazed and halfdrunk." However, it also includes much fascinating early natural history and ornithological observation--as well as the secret recipe for pasta to keep your nightingale happy and encourage it to sing. A historic and delightful gift book, which is bound to appeal to every bird-lover."--Dust jacket.

Buzz : the nature and necessity of bees

July 2, 2018
Hanson, Thor, author.
New York, NY : Basic Books, 2018.
283 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Becoming bees: A vegetarian wasp ; The living vibrato ; Alone together -- Bees and flowers: A special relationship ;Where flowers bloom -- Bees and people: Of honeyguides and hominins ; Keeping Dumbledores ; Every third bite -- The future of bees: Empty nests ; A day in the sun -- The bee-loud glade.
Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing. As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you'll never overlook them again.

Spying on whales : the past, present, and future of earth's most awesome creatures

June 27, 2018
Pyenson, Nick, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2018]
xii, 322 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Part I: Past. How to know a whale ; Mammals like no other ; The stories bones tell ; Time travel on the fossil whale highway ; The afterlife of a whale ; Rock picks and lasers ; Cracking the case Of Cerro Ballena -- Part II: Present. The age of giants ; The ocean's utmost bones ; A discovery at Hvalfjörður ; Physics and flensing knives ; The limits of living things -- Part III: Future. Arctic time machines ; Shifting baselines ; All the ways to go extinct ; Evolution in the Anthropocene ; Whalebone Junction.
"A leading scientist dives into the secret lives of whales, from their evolutionary past to today's cutting edge of science. Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. They evolved from land-roaming, dog-sized creatures into animals that move like fish, breathe like us, can grow to 300,000 pounds, live two hundred years, and travel entire ocean basins. Whales fill us with terror, awe, and affection--yet there is still so much we don't know about them. Why did it take whales over fifty million years to evolve to such big sizes, and how do they eat enough to stay that big? How did their ancestors return to the sea from land--and what can their lives tell us about evolution as a whole? Importantly, in the sweepstakes of human-driven habitat and climate change, will whales survive? Nick Pyenson's research has given us the answers to some of our biggest questions about whales. He takes us deep inside the Smithsonian's unparalleled fossil collections, to frigid Antarctic waters, and to the arid desert in Chile, where scientists race against time to document the largest fossil whale site ever found. Full of rich storytelling and scientific discovery, Spying on Whales spans the ancient past to an uncertain future--all to better understand the most enigmatic creatures on Earth."--Dust jacket.

Palm

June 25, 2018
Gray, Fred, author.
©2018.
228 pages : illustrations (mostly color) ; 22 cm.
Incudes bibliography and index.
In the superbly illustrated, similarly extraordinary Palm, Fred Gray portrays the immense cultural and historical significance of these iconic and controversial plants, unfurling a tale as long and beguiling as their bladed fronds. -- Publisher.

Bug lab for kids : family-friendly activities for exploring the amazing world of beetles, butterflies, spiders, and other arthropods

June 15, 2018
Guyton, John W., author.
©2018
144 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Unit 1. Begin your bug adventure -- Unit 2. Make & use a collecting kit -- Unit 3. Advanced collecting techniques -- Unit 4. Preserving insects -- Unit 5. The most common insect orders -- Unit 6. Other arthropod adventures -- Unit 7. Bug art & science projects -- Unit 8. Butterflies & butterfly migration -- Unit 9. Bees & other pollinators.
Prepare to cozy up with spiders, centipedes, butterflies, and bees, to name just a few! In Bug Lab for Kids, Mississippi State University associate professor, extension entomologist (bug expert), and educator John W. Guyton shares his knowledge and excitement about all things beautiful, creepy, and crawly.

The equations of life : how physics shapes evolution

June 15, 2018
Cockell, Charles, author.
©2018
x, 337 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
Life's silent commander -- Organizing the multitudes -- The physics of the ladybug -- All creatures great and small -- Bundles of life -- The edge of life -- The code of life -- Of sandwiches and sulfur -- Water, the liquid of life -- The atoms of life -- Universal biology? -- The laws of life: evolution and physics unified.
"In a provocative and captivating journey into the forces and laws that shape the zoo of living things on Earth, Cockell suggests that the unity of physics and biology gives us a new way to unravel the mysteries of life on our own planet and maybe even elswhere." --Jacket.

Orca : how we came to know and love the ocean's greatest predator

June 1, 2018
Colby, Jason M. (Jason Michael), 1974- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
viii, 394 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"The most terrible jaws afloat" -- The old Northwest -- Griffin's quest -- Murray Newman and Moby Doll -- Namu's journey -- A boy and his whale -- Fishing for orcas -- Skana and the hippie -- the whales of Pender Harbour -- Supply and demand -- The white whale -- The Penn Cove roundup -- Whaling in the new Northwest -- Big government and big business -- The legend of Mike Bigg -- "All Hell broke loose" -- New frontiers -- Haida's song -- The legacy of capture -- Epilogue.

American Eden : David Hosack, botany, and medicine in the garden of the early republic

May 30, 2018
Johnson, Victoria, 1969- author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2018]
x, 461 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

She has her mother's laugh : the powers, perversions, and potential of heredity

May 25, 2018
Zimmer, Carl, 1966- author.
New York, New York : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
xii, 657 pages ; 25 cm
The light trifle of his substance -- Traveling across the face of time -- This race should end with them -- Attagirl -- An evening's revelry -- The sleeping branches -- Individual Z -- Mongrels -- Nine foot high complete -- Ed and Fred -- Ex ovo omnia -- Witch's broom -- Chimeras -- You, my friend, are a wonderland -- Flowering monsters -- The teachable ape -- Yet greatly did he dare -- Orphaned at conception -- The planet's heirs.
Presents a history of the human understanding of heredity and how it has shaped society, chronicling the transitions brought about by genetic research and making predictions about how evolving understandings are likely to impact the future.

Walking is a way of knowing : in a Kadar forest

May 15, 2018
Ramesh, Madhuri.
[Besant Nagar, Madras, India] : Tara Books, 2018.
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 25 cm.
The Kadars are a small indigenous community in south India. Even though they no longer live deep in the forest, they still walk its paths every day. For them, walking is a way of knowing, not just a way of getting from place to place. This is the story of a Kadar elder who takes a young urban visitor through the tangled woods that make up his ancient home. The book captures an urban nature lover's experience of learning from a forest-dweller -- and is beautifully illustrated to bring alive the dark richness of an lndian tropical forest.

The curious life of krill : a conservation story from the bottom of the world

May 10, 2018
Nicol, Stephen, author.
©2018
xvi, 194 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Oceans of krill -- Going with the floes -- Labors of love -- Bringing krill to life -- Antarctic fast food -- Eating krill -- Conventional approaches -- Krill futures.
"Scientists say they are one of most abundant animals on the planet. But when pressed, few people can accurately describe krill or explain their ecological importance. Antarctic krill have used their extraordinary adaptive skills to survive and thrive for millions of years in a dark, icy world far from human interference. But with climate change melting ice caps at the top and bottom of the world, and increased human activity and pollution, their evolutionary flexibility to withstand these new pressures may not be enough. Eminent krill scientist Stephen Nicol wants us to know more about this enigmatic creature of the sea. He argues that it's critical to understand krill's complex biology in order to protect them as the krill fishing industry expands. Ocean enthusiasts will come away with a newfound appreciation for the complex ecology of a species we have much to learn from, and many reasons to protect."--Provided by publisher.

Pollinators of native plants : attract, observe and identify pollinators and beneficial insects with native plants

May 4, 2018
Holm, Heather, 1972- author.
©2014
xiii, 305 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm
"Bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, flies, beetles"--Cover.
Pollination -- Pollinators -- Pollinator conservation -- Prairie -- Woodland edge -- Wetland edge.
"This comprehensive book profiles over 65 perennial native plant species of the Midwest, Great Lakes region, Northeast and southern Canada plus the pollinators, beneficial insects and flower visitors the plants attract.--Back cover.

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