New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

January 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Outrageous animal adaptations : from big-eared bats to frill-necked lizards

January 17, 2018
Rosen, Michael J., 1954- author.
Minneapolis : Twenty-First Century Books, [2018].
96 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
A fish that walks on land, a frog that makes its own sunscreen, and an insect that can become invisible? These are just a few examples of how Earth's creatures have evolved some outrageous features and tricks to ensure survival.

Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America

January 15, 2018
Pieplow, Nathan, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
ix, 593 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 21 cm.
Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.
"The Cornell Lab of Ornithology"--Back cover.
A new approach to bird sounds -- How birds produce sound -- Visualizing sound -- The naming of bird sounds -- The biology of bird sounds -- Recording bird sounds and making spectrograms -- Birds by song : speciaes accounts.
Presents a collection of the songs and calls of 250 species of birds found in eastern and central North America. Includes only species in which songs and calls are of use in field identification.-- Source other than Library of Congress.

Tamed & untamed : close encounters of the animal kind

January 11, 2018
Montgomery, Sy, author.
White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, [2017]
xv, 204 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
"Tamed and Untamed -- a collection of essays penned by two of the world's most celebrated animal writers, Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas -- explores the minds, lives, and mysteries of animals as diverse as snails, house cats, hawks, sharks, dogs, lions, and even octopuses. Drawing on stories of animals both wild and domestic, the two authors, also best friends, created this book to put humans back into the animal world. The more we learn about what other animals think and do, they explain, the more we understand ourselves as animals, too. Writes Montgomery, "The list of attributes once thought to be unique to our species -- from using tools to waging war -- is not only rapidly shrinking, but starting to sound less and less impressive when we compare them with other animals' powers." With humor, empathy, and introspection, Montgomery and Thomas look into the lives of all kinds of creatures -- from man's best friend to the great white shark -- and examine the ways we connect with our fellow species. Both authors have devoted their lives to sharing the animal kingdom's magic with others, and their combined wisdom is an indispensable contribution to the field of animal literature. The book contains a foreword by Vicki Constantine Croke, author of the bestseller"-- Provided by publisher.

Butterflies : exploring the life cycle

January 9, 2018
Raines, Shirley C., author.
Franklin, TN : Flowerpot Press, a division of Flowerpot Children's Press, Inc., [2017]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
"Discover butterflies with photos, fun facts, and verse."

Charles Darwin : Victorian Mythmaker

January 9, 2018
Wilson, A. N., 1950- author.
©2017
438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Originally published in Great Britain in 2017 by John Murray (Publishers), an Hachette UK Company.
A symbol -- The old hat -- What he owed to Edinburgh -- Cambridge: Charles Darwin, Gent -- The voyage of the Beagle -- 'Blackbirds... gross-beaks... wren' -- The ladder by which you mounted -- Lost in the vicinity of Bloomsbury -- Half-embedded in the flesh of their wives -- An essay by Mr. Wallace -- A poker and a rabbit -- Is it true? -- The Oxford Debate and its aftermath -- Adios, theory -- Immense generalizations -- Evolution old and new -- Mutual aid.
A radical reappraisal of Darwin argues that the evolution pioneer was less of an original scientific intellect than a ruthless self-promoter who did not give credit to the actual sages whose ideas he advanced in his history-shaping book.

Following Fifi : my adventures among wild chimpanzees : lessons from our closest relatives

January 4, 2018
Crocker, John, MD, author.
©2017
xv, 269 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Part one: Into the forest -- Gombe arrival -- Settling in -- A day in the life of Fifi and Freud -- Of chimps and men -- Madame Bee holds her own -- Trust and security -- My friend and mentor: Hamisi Matama -- Knowing Jane -- Leave-taking -- Part two: The medical path -- Entering the medical field -- Forest reflections: jungle influences in my practice -- Part three: Return to Gombe -- Gombe calling -- Reunion with Jane -- Gombe return -- Back to the forest -- Jane's Peak -- Finding my place -- Forest reflections: how wild chimpanzees helped make me a better father - A path less traveled: Bubongo village -- More forest reflections: broadening my perspective on family medicine -- Good-bye again -- Keeping up with Jane.
John Crocker spent eight months in the Gombe forest working with Jane Goodall. He would follow families of wild chimpanzees and learn the fundamental behavioural traits of these chimps as they raised their offspring. Upon returning home and becoming a doctor, Crocker found himself incorporating the lessons he learned into his work as a father and physician.

Spineless : the science of jellyfish and the art of growing a backbone

December 11, 2017
Berwald, Juli, author.
©2017
336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Planula. If you dare -- Polyp. What's your agenda? ; Jellyfish salad ; Missing polyp ; In jelly genes ; Robojelly ; Seeing what's not there ; Day-glo jellies ; Jellyfish sense ; The nerve of the jellyfish ; Life's limits -- Strobila. The bottom of the wave -- Ephyra. Stop waiting ; Sacred island ; Stalking the beast ; Jellyfish al dente ; Jellyfishing -- Medusa. Toxic cocktail ; Sting block ; In medusa's blood ; Party like a jellyfish ; Bloom.
A former ocean biologist describes how she rediscovered her passion for marine science while investigating the enigmatic jellyfish and what the species' unique physiologies can teach about engineering and environmental stability.

The incredible fold-out book of animals : open up a big world of discovery

December 4, 2017
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2017.
13 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
On board pages
Cover title.
This interactive lift-the-flap book takes kids ages 3 and up for a walk on the wild side with both familiar and unusual wild animals.

The inner life of animals : love, grief, and compassion : surprising observations of a hidden world

December 4, 2017
Wohlleben, Peter, 1964- author.
©2017
x, 277 pages ; 20 cm
"David Suzuki Institute."
Foreword / by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson -- Selfless mother love -- Instinct--a second-rate emotion? -- Loving people -- Anybody home? -- Pig smarts -- Gratitude -- Lies and deception -- Stop, thief! -- Take courage! -- Black and white -- Cold hedgehogs, warm honey bees -- Crowd intelligence -- Hidden agendas -- Simple sums -- Just for fun -- Desire -- Till death do us part -- What's in a name? -- Grief -- Shame and regret -- Empathy -- Altruism -- Upbringing -- Getting rid of the kids -- Once wild, forever wild -- Snipe mess -- Something special in the air -- Comfort -- Weathering the storm -- Pain -- Fear -- High society -- Good and evil -- Hey, Mr. Sandman -- Animal oracles -- Animals age, too -- Alien worlds -- Artificial environments -- In the service of humanity -- Communication -- Where is the soul?
"Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves Peter Wohlleben's wealth of personal experience observing nature in forests and fields with the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world. Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up."--Dust jacket flap.

What it's like to be a dog : and other adventures in animal neuroscience

November 14, 2017
Berns, Gregory, author.
New York : Basic Books, 2017.
vii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
What it's like to be a dog -- The marshmallow test -- Why a brain? -- Seizing sea lions -- Rudiments -- Painting with sound -- Buridan's ass -- Talk to the animals -- A death in Tasmania -- Lonesome tiger -- Dog lab -- Epilogue: The brain ark.
"Do dogs experience emotions like people do? To find out, neuroscientist and bestselling author Gregory Berns and his team did something nobody had ever attempted: they trained dogs to go into an MRI scanner--completely awake--so they could figure out what they think and feel. But dogs were just the beginning. In [this book], Berns takes us into the brains and minds of wild animals: sea lions who can learn to dance, and dolphins who can see with sound. In a radical experiment in neuroarchaeology, he reconstructs the brain of one of the most mysterious animals in recent history, the Tasmanian tiger, to explain why it disappeared. Berns's latest scientific breakthroughs show how similar animal brains are to those of humans and make clear that we can understand what it's like to be a dog or a dolphin. He proves definitively that animals have feelings very much like we do--a revelation which forces us to reconsider what animal rights ought to be. Written with insight, empathy, and humor, What It's Like to Be a Dog heralds a new world, one in which complex intelligence is all around us. It is the new manifesto for animal liberation of the twenty-first century."--Jacket.

American wolf : a true story of survival and obsession in the West

November 13, 2017
Blakeslee, Nate, 1970- author.
New York : Crown, 2017.
300 pages : illustration, map ; 24 cm
Return of the wolf -- In the Valley of the Druids -- A star is born -- Killers -- The king of Currumpaw -- Rebels in the sage -- Iron man -- Return to the Lamar Valley -- Betrayal -- Rampage of the Mollies -- "The worst possible thing I could tell you" -- A good day in the park -- Enough is enough.
The story of the rise of a Yellowstone wolf, and what her life and death and death tell us about the struggle for the American West. --Provided by publisher.

Birding without borders : an obsession, a quest, and the biggest year in the world

November 3, 2017
Strycker, Noah K.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
ix, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Map on lining papers.
Includes indexes.
End of the world -- The DSP -- Cerro Negro -- Over the years -- The Harpy -- Gunning it -- An angel of peace -- Flying free -- Home -- Missed connections -- Kalu -- The Karamoja Apalis -- A new world record -- Hit and miss -- Birds in paradise -- From end to end.
Traveling to 41 countries in 2015 with a backpack and binoculars, Noah Strycker became the first person to see more than half the world's 10,000 species of birds in one year.

Hippopotamus

November 2, 2017
Williams, Edgar Mark, 1960- author.
©2017
196 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm.
A tale of two hippos -- Mud, mud, glorious mud -- Water horse -- The illustrious stranger -- The good, the bad, and the ugly -- The modern hippo -- Timeline.
"Hippos are well-loved, cumbersome, rotund mammals famous for lounging, semi-submerged in muddy pools. Gregarious herbivores, they emerge after dusk from the water into the cool night air to graze on grass and plants before returning to the water at sunrise. They have huge mouths adapted for grazing as well as large, sharp tusks and jaws powerful enough to bite through crocodiles, small boats and even humans. Hippos originated in Asia and share a common ancestor with whales. The common hippo, once found all over Africa, is now largely confined to South and East Africa, while its close relative, the mysterious pygmy hippo, dwells only in the forests of West Africa. Until the last Ice Age, they were common across Europe, including Britain. To the ancient Egyptians the hippo was a revered deity, while at the same time it was hunted for sport; later, the Romans imported them into their circus spectacles. From the first Egyptian god, Taweret, to Obaysch, the first living hippo exhibited in the London Zoo in the nineteenth century, hippos have inspired wonder and awe."--Back cover.

Curious about orangutans

November 2, 2017
Shaw, Gina, author.
New York, New York : Penguin Young Readers Licenses, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2017.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, map ; 21 cm
What's got long red hair, toes that work like thumbs, arms longer than its legs, swings from tree branch to tree branch, and can even use an iPad? The amazing orangutan!

Wild : endangered animals in living motion : a photicular® book

October 31, 2017
Kainen, Dan, photographer.
New York : Workman Publishing, 2017.
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Panda -- Leopard -- Albatross -- Gorilla -- Rhinoceros -- Bee -- Elephant -- Pangolin.
"You can't believe your eyes. But you can believe the numbers. The Photicular series, with four books published in the last five years, now has 2 million copies in print--and with every new title published the backlist rises to the occasion. After last year's success with Jungle (over 215,000 copies in print in just a few months), here comes Wild -- the book, and the idea, for which the series could have been invented. Wild captures eight endangered animals in living motion. From the cover panda shown lazily munching on leaves, to an albatross swooping its magnificent wings, to a bumblebee taking a sip of water, Wild throws a spotlight on the mammals, birds, and insects that are threatened with extinction. We see gorillas at play, a rhinoceros and its baby trotting across the savanna, a pangolin skittering along the landscape. There's a romantic big cat--an Amur leopard--and the personable elephant bathing in a river. An opening essay explores the environmental and economic threats to animal populations and how conservationists are working to slow--and, when they can, reverse--the damage. Profiles of each animal accompany the images, which are warm, accessible, and friendly. The story is urgent. Together, it's a compelling book about what's at stake now, and in our future"-- Provided by publisher.

Spiders! : strange and wonderful

October 25, 2017
Pringle, Laurence, 1935- author.
Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Boyds Mills Press, [2017]
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm
An accessible and comprehensive introduction to spider species from all over the world.

Penguins and other sea birds

October 19, 2017
Sewell, Matt, author.
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, [2016]
128 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Emperor penguin -- King penguin -- Brown skua -- Wandering albatross -- Storm petrel -- Northern giant petrel -- Sooty shearwater -- Adelie penguin -- Gentoo penguin -- Striated caracara -- Snowy sheathbill -- Imperial shag -- Arctic tern -- Chinstrap penguin -- Northern and southern rockhopper penguin -- Common loon -- Northern fulmar -- parasitic jaeger -- Steller's eider -- King eider -- Macaroni penguin -- Royal penguin -- Harlequin duck -- Smew -- Crested auklet -- dovekie -- Fiordland crested and snares penguin -- Erect-crested penguin -- Great auk -- Razorbill -- Guillemot -- Puffin -- Humboldt penguin -- African penguin -- Tufted puffin -- Rhinoceros auklet -- Great cormorant -- Gannet -- Magellanic and Galapagos penguin -- Little penguin -- Blue-footed booby -- Australian pelican -- Magnificent frigatebird -- Black skimmer -- Yellow-eyed penguin -- Surf scoter -- Osprey -- White-tailed sea eagle -- White-flippered penguin -- Gyrfalcon.
"Penguins are among the world's most beloved birds. In this enchanting guide, Matt Sewell captures 50 species of penguins and other sea bird favorites like puffins and albatrosses. From the Little Penguin, who is only 13 inches tall, to the Fiordland Crested Penguin, who sports bushy yellow eyebrows, these charismatic birds are sure to delight both young and old"--Back cover.

A charm of goldfinches and other wild gatherings : quirky collective nouns of the animal kingdom

October 18, 2017
Sewell, Matt, author.
New York : Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
144 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Presents the collective nouns used to describe groups of animals, including hares, vultures, and jellyfish.

Ancient oaks in the English landscape

September 27, 2017
Farjon, Aljos, author.
Kew, Richmond, Surrey : Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2017.
348 pages : color illustrations, graphs, tables ; 27 cm
Foreward -- Introduction -- 1. The life of an oak -- 2. The age of ancient oaks -- 3. General distribution of ancient and veteran oaks -- 4. Distribution of ancient and veteran oaks in England explained : Deer parks -- 5. Distribution of ancient and veteran oaks in England explained : Royal forests, chases and other historical connections -- 6. Ancient oaks in Europe -- 7. Why England has most of the ancient oaks -- 8. Ancient oaks in a pasture woodland context -- 9. The most important oak sites -- 10. The biodiversity of ancient oaks -- References -- Glossary -- List of illustrations and tables -- Acknowledgements -- Index.
"The ancient native oaks of England are a national treasure, beautiful and beloved. And England has more of them than the rest of Europe combined. How did that happen? How, as Europe was deforested over the course of centuries, did England manage to preserve so many ancient trees? Ancient Oaks in the English Landscape tells that story. It begins with the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Normans, and the nobility they put in place, created Royal Forests, chases, and deer parks where only the nobility could hunt or keep deer—and where, to protect that game, it was forbidden to cut trees. Thus, centuries before the modern conservation movement, the trees were preserved. Other historical and social factors enabled that preservation to continue long after the decline of royalty. Private ownership of thousands of parks and estates, the ready availability of timber from overseas, and, crucially, the absence of major wars and their accompanying destruction brought the ancient forests into our era. By the time modern forestry truly took hold in England after World War I, it was too late to destroy the now worthless old and hollow oaks. Bringing together history and science, Aljos Farjon tells this compelling story, illustrating it with stunning photographs and maps. The result is a beautiful, fitting celebration of England’s ancient oaks and the biodiversity they represent and foster"--Amazon.com

The prairie peninsula

September 22, 2017
Meszaros, Gary, author.
©2017
125 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
A heritage lost -- Prairie ecosystems -- The tallgrass community -- Bloom to bloom -- The insects -- Remnants
"The prairie grassland biome covers the heartland of North America with an eastward extension called the Prairie Peninsula. Primarily composed of tallgrass prairie, this biome lies between the shortgrass prairies of the west and the eastern deciduous forest region and includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, southeastern Wisconsin, and Ohio. With text by coauthors Gary Meszaros and Guy L. Denny and striking photographs by Meszaros, The Prairie Peninsula examines the many prairie types, floristic composition, and animals that are part of this ecosystem."--Publisher's website.

My encyclopedia of very important animals

September 20, 2017
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2017.
224 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
From peacocks and frogs to sharks and dogs, My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals is perfect for the curious little animal lover in your life. Mixing photography and charming illustration, kids will find out important things about the wonderful world of animals from what they eat, what they do, and why people are animals, too. My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals is a friendly book that gets children learning, reading, and laughing!

Hippopotamuses

September 19, 2017
Gagne, Tammy, author.
©2018
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Time to eat! -- Large and round -- Made for water -- Special skin -- Don't get in their way!
Introduces readers to the life, diet, habitat, behavior, and physical description of hippopotamuses. Colorful spreads, fun facts, diagrams, a range map, and a special reading feature make this an exciting read for animal lovers and report writers alike.

National Geographic field guide to the birds of North America

September 19, 2017
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2017]
591 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 21 cm
Includes index.
Presents a guidebook which provides identification tips, information on behavior and nesting, locator and range maps, and plumage and species classification data on over one thousand species of birds found in North America.

Where the animals go : tracking wildlife with technology in 50 maps and graphics

September 18, 2017
Cheshire, James, author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2017.
174 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm
For thousands of years, tracking animals meant following footprints. Now satellites, drones, camera traps, cellphone networks, and accelerometers reveal the natural world as never before. Where the Animals Go is the first book to offer a comprehensive, data-driven portrait of how creatures like ants, otters, owls, turtles, and sharks navigate the world. Based on pioneering research by scientists at the forefront of the animal-tracking revolution, James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti's stunning, four-color charts and maps tell fascinating stories of animal behavior. These astonishing infographics explain how warblers detect incoming storms using sonic vibrations, how baboons make decisions, and why storks prefer garbage dumps to wild forage; they follow pythons racing through the Everglades, a lovelorn wolf traversing the Alps, and humpback whales visiting undersea mountains. Where the Animals Go is a triumph of technology, data science, and design, bringing broad perspective and intimate detail to our understanding of the animal kingdom.--Provided by Publisher.

Purpose & desire : what makes something "alive" and why modern Darwinism has failed to explain it

September 14, 2017
Turner, J. Scott, 1951- author.
©2017
xvi, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The pony under the tree -- Biology's second law -- Many little lives -- A clockwork homeostasis -- A mad dream -- The barrier that wasn't -- The reverse Pinocchio -- A multiplicity of memory -- One is the friendliest number -- The hand of whatever -- Plato Street -- Epilogue: Evolution, purpose, and desire.
"SUNY professor, biologist, and physiologist J. Scott Turner argues that modern Darwinism's materialist and mechanistic biases have led to a scientific dead end, unable to define what life is--and only an openness to the qualities of "purpose and desire" will move the field forward. Turner surveys the history of evolutionary thought, identifying "purpose and desire" as the keys to a coherent science of life and its evolution. In Purpose and Desire, Turner draws on the work of Claude Bernard, a contemporary of Darwin revered as the founder of experimental physiology. Turner builds on Bernard's "dangerous idea" of homeostasis, a radical proposition for what makes "life" a unique phenomenon in nature. To fully understand life, including its evolution, Turner argues that we must move beyond strictly enforced boundaries of mechanism and materialism to explore living nature as distinctly purposeful and driven by desire."--Jacket flap.

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