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By Mary Higby Schweitzer, Elena Rita Schroeter, Charles Doug Czajka. 2020
This textbook introduces research on dinosaurs by describing the science behind how we know what we know about dinosaurs. A…wide range of topics is covered, from fossils and taphonomy to dinosaur physiology, evolution, and extinction. In addition, sedimentology, paleo-tectonics, and non-dinosaurian Mesozoic life are discussed. There is a special opportunity to capitalize on the enthusiasm for dinosaurs that students bring to classrooms to foster a deeper engagement in all sciences. Students are encouraged to synthesize information, employ critical thinking, construct hypotheses, devise methods to test these hypotheses, and come to new defensible conclusions, just as paleontologists do. Key Features Clear and easy to read dinosaur text with well-defined terminology Over 600 images and diagrams to illustrate concepts and aid learning Reading objectives for each chapter section to guide conceptual learning and encourage active reading Companion website (teachingdinosaurs.com) that includes supporting materials such as in-class activities, question banks, lists of suggested specimens, and more to encourage student participation and active learning Ending each chapter with a specific "What We Don’t Know" section to encourage student curiosity Related Titles Singer, R. Encyclopedia of Paleontology (ISBN 978-1-884964-96-1) Fiorillo, A. R. Alaska Dinosaurs: An Ancient Arctic World (ISBN 978-1-138-06087-6) Caldwell, M. W. The Origin of Snakes: Morphology and the Fossil Record (ISBN 978-1-4822-5134-0)
By Carol Buckley. 2009
This is an inspiring story of inter-species companionship. After retiring from the circus, Tarra became the first resident of the…Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. When other elephants moved in and developed close friendships, only Tarra remained alone—until the day she met a stray mixed-breed dog named Bella. From then on, the two were inseparable.
By Clare Balding. 2020
Bobbie the Wonder dog crossed more than 2,500 miles of plains, desert and mountains to find his way home -…and became the inspiration for Lassie. Cher Amithe pigeon, despite being shot twice, delivered a message thatsaved the lives of 194 soldiers in 1918.Trakr the police dog spent two days exhaustively searching Ground Zero and found the last survivor of the 9/11 attacks.Ever since Alexander the Great named a city after the horse who saved his life in battle (and another after his dog), human history wouldn't be the same without the awe-inspiring tales of amazing animals.Now BAFTA-winning presenter, no. 1 bestselling author and all-round national treasure Clare Balding picks out the most heroic and heartwarming (and sometimes hilarious) animals from history and tells their stories. From Simon the sea cat to Greyfriars Bobby's 14-year vigil over his master's grave, to the elephant that saved a small girl and Paul the World-Cup-predicting octopus, Heroic Animals brings to life incredible feats and moving moments which highlight the timeless special bond between human and animal.
By Christopher Josiffe. 2017
An exhaustive investigation of the case of Gef, a &“talking mongoose&” or &“man-weasel,&” who appeared to a family living on…the Isle of Man.&“I am the fifth dimension! I am the eighth wonder of the world!&”During the mid-1930s, British and overseas newspapers were full of incredible stories about Gef, a &“talking mongoose&” or &“man-weasel&” who had allegedly appeared in the home of the Irvings, a farming family in a remote district of the Isle of Man. The creature was said to speak in several languages, to sing, to steal objects from nearby farms, and to eavesdrop on local people.Despite written reports, magazine articles and books, several photographs, fur samples and paw prints, voluminous correspondence, and signed eyewitness statements, there is still no consensus as to what was really happening to the Irving family.Was it a hoax? An extreme case of folie à plusieurs? A poltergeist? The possession of an animal by an evil spirit? Now you can read all the evidence and decide for yourself. Seven years' research and interviews, photographs (many previously unseen), interviews with surviving witnesses, visits to the site—all are presented in this book, the first examination of the case for seventy years.In the words of its mischievous, enigmatic subject, &“If you knew what I know, you'd know a hell of a lot!"
By Jennifer Ackerman. 2016
<P>Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. In fact, according to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in…their remarkable forms of intelligence. Like humans, many birds have enormous brains relative to their size. Although small, bird brains are packed with neurons that allow them to punch well above their weight. <P> In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores the newly discovered brilliance of birds and how it came about. As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research-- the distant laboratories of Barbados and New Caledonia, the great tit communities of the United Kingdom and the bowerbird habitats of Australia, the ravaged mid-Atlantic coast after Hurricane Sandy and the warming mountains of central Virginia and the western states--Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are revolutionizing our view of what it means to be intelligent. <P>Consider, as Ackerman does, the Clark's nutcracker, a bird that can hide as many as 30,000 seeds over dozens of square miles and remember where it put them several months later; the mockingbirds and thrashers, species that can store 200 to 2,000 different songs in a brain a thousand times smaller than ours; the well-known pigeon, which knows where it's going, even thousands of miles from familiar territory; and the New Caledonian crow, an impressive bird that makes its own tools. <P>But beyond highlighting how birds use their unique genius in technical ways, Ackerman points out the impressive social smarts of birds. They deceive and manipulate. They eavesdrop. They display a strong sense of fairness. They give gifts. They play keep-away and tug-of-war. They tease. They share. They cultivate social networks. They vie for status. They kiss to console one another. They teach their young. They blackmail their parents. They alert one another to danger. They summon witnesses to the death of a peer. They may even grieve. <P>This elegant scientific investigation and travelogue weaves personal anecdotes with fascinating science. Ackerman delivers an extraordinary story that will both give readers a new appreciation for the exceptional talents of birds and let them discover what birds can reveal about our changing world. Incredibly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds richly celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures. <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Sharon Kleve. 2021
Curiosità Sui Gatti: Tra Fusa E Miagolii è un bellissimo libro da tenere nella propria libreria, pieno di intuizioni creative…e splendide immagini. Fornisce una visione molto accurata della mente dei nostri amatissimi e misteriosi gatti. Perchè i gatti si arrampicano in piccoli spazi? Perchè dormono così tanto? E soprattutto, come possiamo dar loro una vita felice? Può sembrare che abbiano bisogno di poca cura, ma tutte le scelte che farete, come per esempio dove posizionare la ciotola d'acqua, il nome da dargli o come pulirli correttamente, le farete pensando al loro benessere. Con comprensione, affetto e rispetto, il vostro gatto sarà soddisfatto e contento. Non so voi, ma questo mi rende molto felice ...
By Sharon Kleve. 2021
« Poilantes histoires de chien » est plein d’anecdotes, de jeux de mots pour chiens et de nombreux faits sur les chiots,…ce dog-o-pedia est une lecture essentielle pour les amoureux des chiens du monde entier. Vous découvrirez toutes sortes de chiens, de races, des caractères et plus encore ! C’est un magnifique livre de chevet rempli de photographies incroyables et de faits amusants. Les propriétaires de chiens et les fans pourront découvrir en profondeur ces chiens curieux et adorables. Levez la patte si vous aimez tout ce qui concerne les chiens, de leur gaieté irrépressible à leurs langues baveuses.
By Craig Childs. 2007
Colorado-based naturalist Childs presents another volume of vignettes, some taken from his 1997 Crossing Paths and other written since then.…Each describes an encounter with a non-human animal, among them raccoon, raven, pronghorn antelope, and praying mantis. He has not indexed the collection. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
By Matthew Gavin Frank. 2021
“Unforgettable. . . . An outstanding adventure in its lyrical, utterly compelling, and heartbreaking investigations of the world of diamond…smuggling.” —Aimee Nezhukumatathil For nearly eighty years, a huge portion of coastal South Africa was closed off to the public. With many of its pits now deemed “overmined” and abandoned, American journalist Matthew Gavin Frank sets out across the infamous Diamond Coast to investigate an illicit trade that supplies a global market. Immediately, he became intrigued by the ingenious methods used in facilitating smuggling?particularly, the illegal act of sneaking carrier pigeons onto mine property, affixing diamonds to their feet, and sending them into the air. Entering Die Sperrgebiet (“The Forbidden Zone”) is like entering an eerie ghost town, but Frank is surprised by the number of people willing—even eager—to talk with him. Soon he meets Msizi, a young diamond digger, and his pigeon, Bartholomew, who helps him steal diamonds. It’s a deadly game: pigeons are shot on sight by mine security, and Msizi knows of smugglers who have disappeared because of their crimes. For this, Msizi blames “Mr. Lester,” an evil tall-tale figure of mythic proportions. From the mining towns of Alexander Bay and Port Nolloth, through the “halfway” desert, to Kleinzee’s shores littered with shipwrecks, Frank investigates a long overlooked story. Weaving interviews with local diamond miners who raise pigeons in secret with harrowing anecdotes from former heads of security, environmental managers, and vigilante pigeon hunters, Frank reveals how these feathered bandits became outlaws in every mining town. Interwoven throughout this obsessive quest are epic legends in which pigeons and diamonds intersect, such as that of Krishna’s famed diamond Koh-i-Noor, the Mountain of Light, and that of the Cherokee serpent Uktena. In these strange connections, where truth forever tangles with the lore of centuries past, Frank is able to contextualize the personal grief that sent him, with his wife Louisa in the passenger seat, on this enlightening journey across parched lands. Blending elements of reportage, memoir, and incantation, Flight of the Diamond Smugglers is a rare and remarkable portrait of exploitation and greed in one of the most dangerous areas of coastal South Africa. With his sovereign prose and insatiable curiosity, Matthew Gavin Frank “reminds us that the world is a place of wonder if only we look” (Toby Muse).
By Liz Yohlin Baill. 2021
What do knights in shining armor have to do with slimy snails and porcupines? A lot, actually! Armor & Animals…brings together two things kids love to provide an entryway into the world of art. The armor collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, beloved by its young visitors, provides the remarkable helmets, shields, and more that appear in the book, and which experienced museum educator Liz Yohlin Baill compares to the shells, scales, and spikes that protect animals.Lively text paired with bright, modern graphics and real-life armor informs kids about art and animals in tandem. A rhino crashes into a knight, teaching kids that a group of rhinos is called a crash—so stay out of the way! Dragons may be imaginary, but a fire-breathing dragon etched on armor can still make a horse look extra tough. Kids can consider the helmets, goggles, and other "armor" they use that help make their own activities safer, and connect art to their world as they learn.
By Alison Throckmorton. 2021
This laugh-out-loud funny book features our fancy feathered friends living the life of the rich and famous.These fabulous birds have…had enough and are ready to start living life—not just the way they want, but the way they deserve! Featuring various birds in their own Real Housewives scenarios, Feathered & Fabulous is the perfect blend of snark, sass, and medication.Adelaide is going to buy that exquisite fur coat, Faye is going to drop that idiot husband of hers, and Patrice is going to show off those legs because she's not afraid to flaunt it. Stunning, funny, and sarcastic, Feathered & Fabulous is sure to make everyone laugh.• UNIQUE, GLITZY, AND FUN: Just like your favorite Real Housewives or the beloved Kris Jenner, this book is unapologetic and fabulous. With sassy humor and a flashy cover, these birds are fresh, fashionable, and ready to tell the world.• HILARIOUS SHARE AND GIFT-BUY: Feathered & Fabulous is a perfect housewarming present, gag gift, stocking stuffer, or present for yourself, your martini-loving gal pal, your reality television buddies, or even the divorcee in your life.• BIRD HUMOR ON TREND: The internet is seeing an influx of bird humor—The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America has sold over 50,000 copies! People who love birds and people who love to hate birds will love Feathered & Fabulous.
A tiny puppy, neglected and abused, and the foster carer determined to heal her. When tiny puppy Princess is dumped…at the doors of the Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary by her owners, the brown and white boxer is suffering from horrendous injuries resulting from a car accident. Having been operated on by an incompetent vet, her front leg has been amputated in a botched surgery, leaving her weak and barely able to stand.
By Cathy Bramley. 2020
The new feel-good, funny serial from Sunday Times bestseller Cathy Bramley about one woman's search for happiness... Fearne Lovage has…always believed that life seems brighter with fresh flowers. She treasures the memories of her beloved grandmother's floristry and helping her arrange beautiful blooms that made everyone smile. But a family tragedy a year ago left Fearne searching for her own contentment. What she needs is a fresh start.Then a chance discovery inspires her to start a happiness list, and Fearne feels a spark of hope. Life is full of surprises, and soon Fearne is well out of her comfort zone and loving every minute of it. So when an exciting opportunity arises, will Fearne take the leap and say yes? Join Fearne in her search to discover happiness on her own terms. My Kind of Happy is a joyful and funny novel told in four parts, also featuring some of your best-loved characters from Cathy's other bestselling stories, such as The Lemon Tree Cafe and A Patchwork Family.* * * * * *Praise for Cathy Bramley from some of your other favourite authors:'A book full of warmth and kindness. I loved it' Sarah Morgan'A warm hug of a book' Phillipa Ashley'A gorgeously romantic comfort read' Rachael Lucas'Delightful' Katie Fforde'A page-turner of a story' Milly Johnson'Delightfully warm with plenty of twists and turns' Trisha Ashley
By John Dascanio, Patrick McCue. 2021
This fully updated guide examines techniques in equine theriogenology The second edition of Equine Reproductive Procedures provides equine practitioners, veterinary students, and equine theriogenologists with a fully updated, practical…guide to techniques in equine reproductive practice. This easy-to-use resource covers skills-based information with a clinical focus, taking an easy-to-follow step-by-step approach. The book covers topics related to the reproductive management of horses, including diagnostic techniques and therapeutic procedures for stallions, mares, and foals. Procedures highlighted in the book are supported with clear descriptions and photographs. Readers will also find a list of required supplies for the procedure and a reference list. · Provides step-by-step descriptions of techniques related to equine theriogenology · Serves as a valuable practice tool · Offers 39 new techniques not found in the first edition · Includes key updates to existing techniques Those studying equine reproduction and specialists in theriogenology will find this an essential ‘how-to’ guide for their practice library.
By Nikki Moustaki. 2021
Repeat after me: Parrots aren’t just for pirates! While parrots have a historical reputation for being a pirate's best friend,…in the modern-day U.S.—where birds are the nation’s third most popular household pet-thousands of landlubbers are in on the act! And that’s not surprising—parrots are as affectionate, friendly, and fun to be with as a dog or cat. They are also relatively low-maintenance, with no rude 5 a.m. awakenings with demands for food or punishing walks. Renowned avian care and behavior consultant Nikki Moustaki is your friendly guide to the colorful world of this intelligent and chatty pet. In this book, you'll be introduced to the vibrant diversity of the parrot world, which covers a wide variety of Psittacidae family members, including macaws, cockatiels, and parakeets. You'll also learn the best ways to choose, care for, and love your resplendently feathered companion. Pick your perfect parrot Devour the latest on nutrition Tame and train Make the perfect home Whether you're just setting out in the parrot world or are a seasoned voyager on the parrot-y seas, this 2nd edition of Parrots For Dummies has something for you and your pet—and will repay the hard-won pirate gold you spent on it a thousand times over!
By Monty Don. 2019
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER - BEST GARDENING BOOKS OF 2020 - Sunday Times, Times 'Every page a joy.' Nigel Slater'From…a very early age I loved the countryside as much as any garden and was fascinated by the life that I saw all around me from trees, wildflowers, birds, insects and mammals. In a sense this book has been over sixty years in gestation. I have kept notebooks and journals ever since I could write and I have drawn upon these as well as the events of the past year.'My Garden Worldby Monty Don is a celebration of every living creature that we all share. This year has given us the enforced opportunity to learn more about the fascinating natural world around us. Whether you live in the countryside or the town, Monty's observations and insights are relevant to each and every one of us. My Garden Worldis Monty Don's personal journey through the natural year, month by month, season by season, observed from the immediate world around him. 'Wildlife is not something that we watch happening in remote and exotic parts of the world on our screens, but right here in our own back yards and the more that we encourage it and learn to live with it, the more rewarding it becomes.If, in our own modest back yards, we can help preserve and treasure our natural world then we will make the world a better place -- not just for ourselves but for every living creature.'
By Kathleen Dean Moore. 2004
At once joyous and somber, this thoughtful gathering of new and selected essays spans Kathleen Dean Moore's distinguished career as…a tireless advocate for environmental activism in the face of climate change. In this meditation on the music of the natural world, Moore celebrates the call of loons, howl of wolves, bellow of whales, laughter of children, and shriek of frogs, even as she warns of the threats against them. Each group of essays moves, as Moore herself has been moved, from celebration to lamentation to bewilderment and finally to the determination to act in defense of wild songs and the creatures who sing them. Music is the shivering urgency and exuberance of life ongoing. In a time of terrible silencing, Moore asks, who will forgive us if we do not save nature's songs?
By Angela Garner. 2021
Practical guidance and compassionate support for pet owners before, during, and after the death of a beloved companion animal •…Explores how best to prepare for the death of your pet, including recognizing changes in your animal&’s well-being, palliative care at home, taking care of your pet&’s remains, ceremonies, and more • Offers practical exercises and activities, such as what to discuss with the vet when euthanasia is anticipated, how to retain a center of inner calm when making decisions, and how to find the courage to say goodbye when the time comes • Addresses the emotional components of the bereavement process--fears beforehand, guilt and anger afterward--and offers advice on self-care throughout Our pets are members of our families. The death or separation from a beloved animal friend--whether anticipated or unexpected--can unleash a roller coaster of emotions. In this compassionate guide based on 20 years' experience helping individuals and teaching veterinary professionals, Angela Garner offers practical support and guidance to help you prepare for your pet&’s death ahead of time, do your best by your animal friend when the time comes, and work through your grieving process afterward. The author explores how best to prepare for the death of your beloved pet, including recognizing changes in your pet&’s well-being, palliative care at home, taking care of your pet&’s remains, ceremonies, and more. She discusses natural death and euthanasia and offers exercises and activities to help you work through difficult issues, such as what to discuss with the vet and how to stay focused on your pet&’s welfare when euthanasia is anticipated. Sharing her own experiences and those of others, she explores practices to help you cope with fears and overwhelming emotions, retain a center of inner calm when making crucial decisions, and find the courage to say goodbye when it is time. Angela Garner also addresses the different emotional components of the bereavement process--fears beforehand and guilt and anger afterward--and includes a compassionate discussion about children and pet loss as well as how to support a grieving companion animal in the family. Offering step-by-step support throughout, this guide brings hope and reassurance that, while grief may feel insurmountable, you will come out the other side to once again reengage with life.
By Nathalie Tordjman. 2021
In the air, on the ground, and in the water, incredible tiny creatures are all around us! They may be…small, but they live remarkable lives. The Book of Tiny Creatures introduces young learners to spiders, butterflies, worms, snails, and even the world's heaviest insect, the Little Barrier Island giant weta. This fun-filled book teaches children fascinating facts through interactive quizzes, detailed seek-and-find scenes, and hands-on activities, like how to make a snail terrarium. A great first STEM read, The Book of Tiny Creatures reveals the wonder of how these creatures grow, reproduce, form communities, and more.
Storey's Guide to Raising Horses, 3rd Edition: Breeding, Care, Facilities (Storey’s Guide to Raising)
By Heather Smith Thomas. 2020
Now with full-color photography and illustrations throughout, the completely updated third edition of Storey&’s Guide to Raising Horses is the…most comprehensive horse husbandry handbook available, whether you&’re a first-time owner or an experienced horse handler. Covering everything you need to know about facilities, breeding, and health care, this new edition features a photographic gallery of many types of horses; expanded material on recognizing, preventing, and treating a wide range of health issues, including insulin resistance, skin conditions, and digestive disorders; new vaccination protocols, including vaccinating for West Nile Virus; and updated information on breeding methods, foaling problems, and the care of broodmares and new foals. This publication conforms to the EPUB Accessibility specification at WCAG 2.0 Level AA.