Extraordinary Animals

Extraordinary Animals

An Encyclopedia of Curious and Unusual Animals

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A compendium of the strangest and most unusual animals in the animal kingdom
Animals have existed on Earth for many hundreds of millions of years. In that time they have evolved into a great variety of forms, exploiting nearly every habitat the planet has to offer. In the dark depths of the oceans, in the seemingly inhospitable Polar Regions, in the driest deserts, even within the bodies of other animals, there are animal species that have developed unique and extraordinary means of surviving and thriving. Extraordinary Animals is an exploration of those members of the animal kingdom who possess strange and bizarre adaptations that allow them to survive in the most extreme environments, or whose complex lives can only be said to be bewildering. From the tar-baby termite to the blue whale, from the harpy eagle to the naked mole rat, these species reflect the exceptionally broad spectrum of life, showing just how diverse the animal kingdom is.

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Piper (PhD, entomology, U. of Leeds, UK) brings to a broad audience creatures, some stranger than fiction (e.g., zombie worms). Limiting jargon to scientific names and terms in the glossary, he presents entries on 120 animals organized into eight thematic sections on lifestyle strategies involving: communal living, defenses, eating, movement, parasitism, reproduction, and survival in extreme conditions. The volume includes b&w illustrations by Mike Shanahan (PhD, tropical rainforest ecology, U. of Leeds); and tips on finding and observing some of these creatures. Web sites are not included, considered as having life cycles more ephemeral than that of many insects. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

& Taylor

Provides information on the scientific name and classification, appearance and size, habitat, and unique characteristics of each of over one hundred animals, which have been grouped into eight categories based on exceptional features.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2007
ISBN: 0313339228 (alk. paper)
9780313339226 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 590 PIP
Characteristics: xvii, 298 p. : ill. ; 27 cm

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