Besides heft and beauty, Animal has authority. Editors-in-chief David Burnie and Don E. Wilson are top biologists, and they have assembled a crack team of consultants for each section of the book. For instance, Richard Rosenblatt of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography takes charge of the chapter on fishes, so all the classification, behavior, and distribution data is up-to-date and full of the kind of detail that comes from years of professional specialization. In addition to basic size, location, and status information, each animal gets a short, one- to two-paragraph description, enough to give a feel for the creature:
The blackfin icefish produces a natural "antifreeze," enabling it to survive in the subzero waters of the Antarctic. It lacks red blood cells and hence looks rather pale, but has excellent blood circulation, and a strong heart which weighs as much as that of a small mammal. Its large, toothy mouth led to it being called the crocodile fish by 19th-century whalers.
Biodiversity has never been more at the forefront of biologists' concerns, and Animal reports on the issues critical to ecology, from habitat loss to the species that are most endangered within each class.
This book is an ideal browsing reference for all experience levels, as well as a delightful addition to the collection of any animal enthusiast or classroom. Of necessity, not all species are covered, but as a general source of information down to the genus level, Animal excels. Don't be put off by the price! Extraordinarily beautiful, biologically accurate, and packed with furry, feathery, finny, many-legged delights, Animal is one of the very best science books of 2001. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Such an awesome book. Will last for years and years. Always something fun on every pagePublished 1 month ago by B. Campbell
i love to teach my "children" all about the beautiful creations of Jehovah God. this book has some pictures that they could look at all day, besides the information.Published 7 months ago by K. Newcomb
Everything you ever needed to know about any animal (with great pictures)....Published 7 months ago by Evelyn
Very informative book. Great for parents and children alike. Atlas for animal lovers. Color pictures and information
of native country, habitat, natural characteristic, etc.
I had no idea it was an Encyclopedia of sorts--excellent photos and detailed information...VERY heavy to hold and must contain every animal born! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cindy
This is a beautiful leather bound book. The cover is a work of art and the pictures inside are National Geographic quality. It's a great collectible book for any animal lover. Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by BANGLE DANGLE