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By Gary Paulsen. 1996
An experienced Iditarod racer, Gary Paulsen celebrates his lead dog and longtime companion, Cookie, in this intimate essay. Paulsen takes…readers inside the kennel as Cookie’s last litter of pups grow and learn to pull sleds across the snowy frontier. Includes an author's note.
WINNER OF THE 2017 NASW SCIENCE IN SOCIETY JOURNALISM AWARD A FINALIST FOR THE 2017 PEN/E. O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE…WRITING AWARD LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE A LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR &“[A] curiously edifying book.&” —The New York Times Book Review &“With the taut suspense of a spy novel, Voigt paints a vivid world of murder, black market deals, and habitat destruction surrounding a fish that's considered, ironically, to be a good-luck charm.&” —Discover &“[An] immensely satisfying story, full of surprises and suspense....Things get weird fast.&” —The Wall Street Journal An intrepid journalist&’s quest to find a wild Asian arowana—the world&’s most expensive aquarium fish—takes her on a global tour in this &“engaging tale of obsession and perseverance…and an enthralling look at the intersection of science, commercialism, and conservationism&” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).A young man is murdered for his pet fish. An Asian tycoon buys a single specimen for $150,000. Meanwhile, a pet detective chases smugglers through the streets of New York. With &“the taut suspense of a spy novel&” (Discover) The Dragon Behind the Glass tells the story of a fish like none other. Treasured as a status symbol believed to bring good luck, the Asian arowana, or &“dragon fish,&” is a dramatic example of a modern paradox: the mass-produced endangered species. While hundreds of thousands are bred in captivity, the wild fish as become a near-mythical creature. From the South Bronx to Borneo and beyond, journalist Emily Voigt follows the trail of the arowana to learn its fate in nature. &“A fresh, lively look at an obsessive desire to own a piece of the wild&” (Kirkus Reviews), The Dragon Behind the Glass traces our fascination with aquarium fish back to the era of exploration when naturalists stood on the cutting edge of modern science. In an age when freshwater fish now comprise one of the most rapidly vanishing groups of animals, Voigt unearths a surprising truth behind the arowana&’s rise to fame—one that calls into question how we protect the world&’s rarest species. &“Not since Candace Millard published The River of Doubt has the world of the Amazon, Borneo, Myanmar, and other exotic locations been so colorfully portrayed as it is now in Emily Voigt&’s The Dragon Behind the Glass…a must-read&” (Library Journal, starred review).
Modern Paleopathology, The Study of Diagnostic Approach to Ancient Diseases, their Pathology and Epidemiology: Let there be light, the light of science and critical thinking
By Bruce M. Rothschild, Dawid Surmik, Filippo Bertozzo. 2023
The study of paleopathology has two very different constituencies, the medical scientist and the zoologist/paleontologist/anthropologist. Their investigative procedures and professional…jargon are different, sometimes to the point of mutual incomprehensibility. Paleontologists/anthropologists/zoologists have a limited data base for the characterization and interpretation of pathology. This must come from the human and veterinary medical experience.What, beyond intellectual satisfaction, can the health care community expect from this relationship? The past history of the appearance and dispersal of infectious disease and cancer is of considerable theoretical importance and leads to new insights on the nature and transmission of diseases that are otherwise ambiguous. The discovery of rheumatoid arthritis in pre-Columbian North America exemplifies insights gained.The current effort delineates osseous impact of disease (as manifest in clinical populations diagnosed in life), representation in the zoologic, paleontologic and anthropologic record, and assessment techniques that can be confidently applied. The chapters form “columns” that provide the foundation for scientific critical thinking. The actual integration of the information is in its application. Our purpose is to provide a data base and atlas of actually documented skeletal impact of diseases (as population phenomenon), an initial data base of reported skeletal pathology, and a methodology for expanding this to new arenas.The first section of the book examines the scientific basis of paleopathology, its transition from speculation-based musings, resolution of misconceptions and the denouement of paleo-epidemiology. The second section provides holistic analysis of the gamut of pathology/diseases with significant skeletal impact, with a validated archeologic/zoological/paleontological record. The third section provides a glossary to resolve the semantic challenges inherent to interdisciplinary efforts. The fourth section provides an atlas of pathology representation in the fossil record. Ultimately, this book intends to present a scientifically-validated approach to recognition of disease in the archeological, zoological and paleontological record, superseding previous speculation-based offerings.
By Corine Pelluchon. 2017
La violencia contra los animales es un ataque directo a nuestra humanidad. Eso demuestra Corine Pelluchon en este breve ensayo,…pragmático, controvertido y que supone una contribución radical a la ética y la filosofía política. «Un libro intenso, pese a su brevedad, de acción, llamado a marcar época. [...] Una propuesta clara y concisa para avanzar de manera decisiva en nuestra relación con los animales».Jacinto Antón, El País Luchar contra el maltrato animal es rebelarse contra una sociedad basada en la explotación, y por ello la causa animalista es una cuestión política mayor que nos concierne a todos, más allá de ideologías o conflictos de intereses. Con un estilo vivo, persuasivo e inspirador, la autora propone un camino posible y factible para llevar el debate a la esfera política con tanta claridad y urgencia como sea posible. Reseñas:«No exento de polémica, Manifiesto animalista, no pretende aleccionar moralmente a nadie, ni siquiera pretende convertirnos en animalistas, sino poner al lector, ciudadano, al fin y al cabo, en la meta de salida de un proceso de auto conversión e introspección. [...] Un cambio a varios niveles y que venga desde diferentes ámbitos: una nueva era, la de los seres vivientes, que deje atrás el antropocentrismo y que ponga el acento en nuestra manera de habitar la tierra».Queralt Castillo Cerezuela, Público«Un texto corto, directo y con propuestas muy concretas. Un panfleto que rompe la brecha entre la teoría y la práctica y va encaminado hacia la acción. Y en su país han recogido el guante. [...] La mejor muestra de que la lucha por los derechos de los animales ha traspasado ya la linde del mero activismo».Paula Corroto, El País «El ensayo dela doctora en filosofía Pelluchon irrumpe en la sociedad del siglo XXI como una verdadera catarsis del espíritu».LA.Network «Un nuevo paradigma del movimiento animalista mundial. [...] Un libro intenso, pese a su brevedad, de acción, llamado a marcar época y que constituye a la vez un estado de la cuestión, una declaración de intenciones y una propuesta clara y concisa para avanzar de manera decisiva en nuestra relación con los animales».Jacinto Antón, El País «La voz del animalismo».Núria Navarro, El Periódico«Un nombre de referencia del antiespecismo que busca convencer, no vencer a cualquier precio. [...] Manifiesto animalista resuena más necesaria que nunca.»Igor López, ICON «Corine Pelluchon lo explica todo absolutamente bien en apenas un centenar de páginas: para ser una alternativa válida, politizar la causa animal es imprescindible.»Luce Lapin, Charlie Hebdo«El objetivo principal de la autora está completamente logrado en este Manifiesto animalista: le da al lector las claves que le permitirán ampliar el radio de acción del humanismo a los animales.»Philippe Douroux, Libération «Una perspectiva bella y ambiciosa.»Isabelle Gravillon, Femme Majuscule«Un libro de intervención política, tan comprometido como lúcido.»Robert Jules, La Tribune «Una de las muchas y grandes cualidades de este Manifiesto animalista es que, en todo momento, su proyecto está expuesto de manera perfectamente creíble y realizable. Precisamente por eso, la autora no se hace ninguna ilusión sobrela dificultad que supone introducir la cuestión animal en el debate político.»Hicham-Stéphane Afeissa, Non Fiction
By Sneed B. Collard III. 2012
Lizards are cool. Literally. They are ectotherms, which means they can’t make their own heat. That’s why you see many…types of lizards basking in the sun, seemingly doing nothing at all. That’s the life. But make no mistake, lizards have very busy lives—looking for food and avoiding being food. Popular science writer Sneed B. Collard III gets down and dirty with all kinds of lizards—from your average "Joe Lizard," the western fence lizard, to the impressively large Komodo dragon. In a kid-friendly narrative, Sneed explores many different kinds of lizards, their habitats, defense systems, hunting techniques, and mating rituals. He reveals the exciting life of a lizard—from rappelling from the tops of trees to the forest floor, to dropping off a tail to get away from a predator.
By Meghan McCarthy. 2007
New York City is known for its sky-scrapers, subways, and hustle and bustle -- not for its wildlife. So everyone…is surprised when a red-tailed hawk is spotted flying over Fifth Avenue, and even more surprised when he decides to settle down on the ledge of one of the Big Apple's swankiest apartment buildings. The hawk soon draws many admirers. They name him Pale Male and watch as he builds his nest, finds a mate, and teaches his little hawk babies to fly. Based on the true story of Pale Male, City Hawk brings New York City's favorite hawk to life in a story of family, perseverance, and big-city living.
By Kendra Coulter. 2023
An in-depth look at the urgent struggle to protect animals from harm, cruelty, injustice, extinction, and their greatest threat—us.Beloved dogs…and cats. Magnificent horses and mountain gorillas. Curious chickens. What do we actually do to protect animals from harm—and is it enough? This engaging book provides a unique and eye-opening exploration of the world of animal protection as people defend diverse animals from injustice and cruelty. From the streets of major US cities to remote farms and tropical forests, Defending Animals is a gritty and moving portrait of the real work of animal protection that takes place in communities, courtrooms, and boardrooms.Globally recognized expert Kendra Coulter takes readers across the different landscapes of animal protection to meet people and animals of all kinds, from cruelty investigators to forensic veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators and conservation leaders to animal lawyers and entrepreneurs, each working in their own ways to defend animals. Bringing unparalleled research and a distinct and nuanced analytical viewpoint, Defending Animals shows that animal protection is not only physical, intellectual, and emotional work but also a labor so rooted in empathy and care that it just might bridge the vast divide between polarized people and help create a more humane future for us all.
By Dr John Bradshaw. 2022
With fun illustrations and easy how-tos, animal expert Dr. John Bradshaw teaches kids how best to care for and understand…their best friends: their cats.Uncovering the secret lives of pets, Dr. John Bradshaw invites young readers to learn more about their feline friends. Told from the point of view of a cat named Libby, this lively, illustrated book allows kids to follow her for a day and learn more about cats, their likes, dislikes, and everything in between, growing children into the best pet owners they can be.
By Annalisa Berta. 2023
A richly illustrated introduction to the world’s living and extinct sea mammalsFrom the gregarious sea otter and playful dolphins to…the sociable narwhal and iconic polar bear, sea mammals are a large, diverse, and increasingly precious group. In this book, Annalisa Berta, a leading expert on sea mammals and their evolution, presents an engaging and richly illustrated introduction to past and present species of these remarkable creatures, from the blue whale and the northern fur seal to the extinct giant sperm whale, aquatic sloth, and walking sea cow.The book features more than 50 individual species profiles, themed chapters, stunning photographs, and specially commissioned paleo-illustrations of extinct species. It presents detailed accounts of these mammals’ evolutionary path, anatomy, behavior, habitats, and conservation. And because these are key species that complete many food chains and have the widest influence of all sea life, the book also offers insights into a broad variety of marine worlds today and in the future.
By John Gierach. 2023
Discover the answer to life&’s most pressing problems through the joy of fly-fishing from master philosopher John Gierach, &“the dean…of fly-fishing&” (Kirkus Reviews), who is &“arguably the best fishing writer working&” (The Wall Street Journal).Once again, John Gierach tells the world why the pastime of fly-fishing makes so much sense—except when it doesn&’t. In this &“shrewd, perceptive, and wryly funny&” (The Wall Street Journal) book, he recalls the joys of landing that trout he&’s been watching for the last hour—and then losing an even fatter one a little later. Joy and frustration mix in Gierach&’s latest appreciation of the fly-fishing life as he takes us from his home waters on the Front Range of the Rockies in Colorado to the fishing meccas all over North America. From fishing lodges in Alaska to memories of the local creek in the Midwest where he grew up, Gierach celebrates the indispensability of the natural world around us.
By Dr Sotirios Karvountzis. 2023
Endoscopic applications are recognised and well-established techniques in human surgery, where a variety of procedures are performed routinely. A less…intrusive and labour demanding process than surgery, these procedures have great potential for use in veterinary medicine. They allow a quicker clinical recovery, minimal intrusion and risk of bacterial exposure, and a lower mortality than conventional surgical options. Beginning with an introduction to the topic and an overview of bovine anatomy, this book then discusses both mainstream and experimental applications of endoscopy in cattle. It covers: - Practical advice on preparing for the procedure and patient restraint; - Techniques including LDA corrections, RDA corrections, exploratory laparoscopy, exploratory thoracoscopy, theloscopy and umbilical hernia corrections; - Post-operative care to allow the animal to rejoin the herd at the next milking, whenever possible. Written in a practical and accessible style for veterinary practitioners and students, the book provides a thorough and complete introduction to the exciting new field of bovine endoscopy.
By Takehiko Yamamoto, Lekh Raj Juneja, Hajime Hatta, Mujo Kim. 1996
The egg is a chemical storehouse-within an incubating egg a complicated set of chemical reactions take place that convert the…chemicals into a living animal. Using hen eggs as a model, this new text explores the use of eggs for food, industrial, and pharmaceutical applications. It covers the chemistry, biology, and function of lipids; carbohydrates; proteins; yolk antibody (IgY); and other materials of eggs. The novel merits of egg materials over others used in the same products are also discussed. These areas of egg technology have never been compiled before in one source.
By Julian White, Jurg Meier. 1995
The Handbook of Clinical Toxicology of Animal Venoms is the first concise, one-volume book devoted to this important subject. The…editors are internationally recognized authorities in the biology and clinical aspects of venomous and poisonous animals, and the chapter authors are world leaders in their respective fields of toxicology.All aspects of the topic are covered including information on the biology and taxonomy of poisonous animals, their venom or poison, diagnosis, and general treatment principles and specific treatment. The most up-to-date list of available antivenoms is provided. Coverage of venomous and poisonous animals is comprehensive, with thorough discussions on shellfish poisoning, ciguatera, fugu, coelenterates, stingrays, venous fish, blue-ringed octopus, sea-snakes, scorpions, spiders, insects, and gila lizards. Individual chapters focus on snakes and snakebite in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, Central America, and South America. Nearly all clinical chapters have been written by clinicians with extensive experience treating the particular type of animal envenoming or poisoning under consideration.No other book brings together such a wealth of information in this field, and no other book provides it in a format useful to clinicians charged with the responsibility of treating envenomed or poisoned patients. The Handbook of Clinical Toxicology of Animal Venoms is an essential addition to all medical libraries, emergency departments, toxicology departments, poison information centers, and invaluable to all professionals working in these fields.
By George M. Baer. 1991
This book provides essential worldwide reference information regarding rabies for public health officials, veterinarians, physicians, virologists, epidemiologists, infectious disease specialists,…laboratory diagnosticians, and wildlife biologists. The book is divided into six main sections, covering topics such as the rabies virus, including antigenic and biochemical characteristics; pathogenesis, including the immune response to the infection, pathology, and latency; diagnostic techniques; rabies epidemiology in a variety of wild and domestic animals; rabies control, including vaccination of wild and domestic animals, as well as control on the international level; and finally a discussion of rabies in humans, local wound and serum treatment, and human post-exposure vaccination. Natural History of Rabies, First Edition has been the principal worldwide reference since 1975. The new Second Edition has been completely updated, providing current information on this historically deadly disease.
By Laurel Gershwin. 2017
Case Studies in Veterinary Immunology presents basic immunological concepts in the context of actual cases seen in clinics. It is…intended for veterinary medicine students, interns, residents, and veterinarians, and serves as a valuable supplement and companion to a variety of core immunology textbooks and courses. The book includes cases describing primary immune system defects, secondary immune system defects, and hypersensitivity and autoimmune disorders, as well as dysproteinemias and lymphoid neoplasia. Drawing on the successful approach of Geha’s Case Studies in Immunology, each representative case is preceded by a discussion of the principles underlying that specific immunological mechanism. The case itself includes the presenting complaint (signalment), physical examination findings, pertinent diagnostic laboratory data, diagnosis, and treatment options. In those instances in which a specific disorder occurs in both animals and humans, the differences and similarities in the immunological mechanisms and manifestations of the disease are explored. End of case questions highlight important concepts and serve as a review aid for students. Details on standard vaccines and vaccination schedules, as well as descriptions of the types of assays used for evaluation of the immune system, are included as appendices.
By Winston Frank Ponder, David R. Lindberg, Juliet Mary Ponder. 2019
Molluscs comprise the second largest phylum of animals (after arthropods), occurring in virtually all habitats. Some are commercially important, a…few are pests and some carry diseases, while many non-marine molluscs are threatened by human impacts which have resulted in more extinctions than all tetrapod vertebrates combined. This book and its companion volume provide the first comprehensive account of the Mollusca in decades. Illustrated with hundreds of colour figures, it reviews molluscan biology, genomics, anatomy, physiology, fossil history, phylogeny and classification. This volume includes general chapters drawn from extensive and diverse literature on the anatomy and physiology of their structure, movement, reproduction, feeding, digestion, excretion, respiration, nervous system and sense organs. Other chapters review the natural history (including ecology) of molluscs, their interactions with humans, and assess research on the group. Key features of both volumes: up to date treatment with an extensive bibliography; thoroughly examines the current understanding of molluscan anatomy, physiology and development; reviews fossil history and phylogenetics; overviews ecology and economic values; and summarises research activity and suggests future directions for investigation. Winston F Ponder was a Principal Research Scientist at The Australian Museum in Sydney where he is currently a Research Fellow. He has published extensively over the last 55 years on the systematics, evolution, biology and conservation of marine and freshwater molluscs, as well as supervised post graduate students and run university courses. David R. Lindberg is former Chair of the Department of Integrative Biology, Director of the Museum of Paleontology, and Chair of the Berkeley Natural History Museums, all at the University of California. He has conducted research on the evolutionary history of marine organisms and their habitats on the rocky shores of the Pacific Rim for more than 40 years. The numerous elegant and interpretive illustrations were produced by Juliet Ponder.
By Anthony R. Fiorillo. 2018
Anthony Fiorillo has been exploring the Arctic since 1998. For him, like many others, the Arctic holds the romance of…uncharted territory, extreme conditions, and the inevitable epic challenges that arise. For Fiorillo, however, the Arctic also holds the secrets of the history of life on Earth, and its fossils bring him back field season after field season in pursuit of improving human understanding of ancient history. His studies of the rocks and fossils of the Arctic shed light on a world that once was, and provide insight into what might be.
By W. Bruce Currie. 1992
Structure and Function of Domestic Animals provides a solid introduction to the functional anatomy of domestic animals. The author covers…general principles, phenomena, and mechanisms and then supports this information by providing concrete examples, giving you a working understanding of the biology of animals. Line drawings, tables, and text boxes provide supplemental information. The author examines the functions of animals from the basic to the complex. The pragmatic application of these principles allows for the raising and caring for animals with the appropriate regard for their welfare. He covers morphology, myology, electrophysiology, endocrinology, comparative anatomy, metabolism, cell growth and development, and reproductive mechanisms. The mechanism and phenomena described in this book will introduce you to the flexibility or plasticity of normal animal function. The author's pedagogical writing style clearly delineates normal function and abnormal function. Structure and Function of Domestic Animals explores many of the seemingly endless examples of the ways in which animals apply the fundamental principles of chemistry and physics to preserve their integrity. It gives you an insightful overview to a very broad subject.
By J. Tal Huber. 1981
Accumulation into one source of what is known regarding the feeding value of these materials and systems which have been…developed for improving their digestibility, palatability or methods of handling was the motivation for organising this book. These has been an effort to include the major categories of unconventional materials which can potentially be upgraded to provide the ruminant with needed nutrients, but certainly some have been missed. It is hoped that this treatise will prove to be a valuable tool for workers involved in improving the utilization of residues and waste products for animals.
By Donald R. Prothero, Kate LoMedico Marriott, Alexander Bartholomew. 2023
Ammonites are an extinct and charismatic lineage that persisted for over 300 million years. They were used, with other fossils,…to corroborate the principle of faunal succession and launch the field of biostratigraphy. Despite intense research, many important questions remain unanswered. Furthermore, outdated hypotheses persist. Many new findings include a better understanding of their appearance in life, their locomotion, and their role in long-gone ecosystems. And, of course, there are still controversies; e.g. why did shell complexity increase during evolutionary history. This richly illustrated book describes the full range of ammonoids and their fascinating evolutionary history. Key Features Documents the early history of paleontology and the role played by ammonoids Describes the basic anatomy of a diverse and long-persisting lineage Summarizes the classification and diversity of ammonoids Lavishly illustrated with beautiful reconstructions Highlights recent findings and outstanding controversies Related Titles Ponder, W. F. D. R. Lindberg and J. M. Ponder. Biology and Evolution of the Mollusca (Vol 1. ISBN 978-1-0321-7660-4, Vol 2. ISBN 9781032173542) Mente, E., eds. Reproductive Biology of Crustaceans: Case Studies of Decapod Crustaceans (ISBN 978-0-3674-5277-3) Koenemann, S. & R. Jenner, eds. Crustacea and Arthropod Relationships (ISBN 978-0-3673-9294-9) Schierwater, B. & R. DeSalle, eds. Invertebrate Zoology: A Tree of Life Approach (ISBN 978-0-3676-8567-6)