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Product Details

  • Paperback: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (November 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811733092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811733090
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

NOBA award-winning author Mark Elbroch has contributed to numerous research projects in North America, including the capturing and collaring of cougars and Glacier National Park's bear sign survey. He lives in Vermont.

More About the Author

NOBA award-winning author Mark Elbroch has contributed to numerous research projects in North America, from fishers to black bears. He works for Panthera and lives in Wyoming where he runs the Teton Cougar Project. He is a contributor to http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/author/melbroch/ and maintains the website http://wildlifetrackers.com/.

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The book is very well laid out and indexed making it very easy to use.
Declan
I would highly recommend it for beginners or those interested in advanced study of skulls.
K. M
Great line drawings and photos accompanied by concise information on each type of skull.
Theresa W. Page

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Suzie on December 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a thorough and well-written book, which goes into great detail about the skulls of each North American mammal species, in addition to having a section on birds and reptiles/amphibians. The first several chapters, which I found surprisingly readable given the technical subject matter, are devoted to identifying skull bones and landmarks as well as interpreting the function and meaning behind various skull features, determining age and sex, and even obtaining, cleaning and preparing your own animal skulls. What I found most helpful in this book were the real-life sized illustrations of both skulls and jaws, which the author conveniently locates in one section of the book, for easy comparison. I was amazed at how easy it was to identify skulls I had found in years past- skulls that I had spent hours attempting to identify using information pieced together from the internet and other sources. This book is not only incredibly thorough and rich with information, but also well-organized and easy to understand, with helpful diagrams and plenty of beautiful, detailed illustrations. Overall, it is an excellent book that I will be sure to refer back to many times in the future.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Outside on December 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
A complete book on skulls was not available until this one was so beautifully put together. Elbroch introduces the rather complex study of skulls in such a way that anyone can easily learn the language and terms to more precisely discuss and understand their many and varied features. He goes well beyond simply identifying what species a given skull is from and delves into functions of structures of the skull, how they change with age as well as how they compare with those of other species (not to mention variations found within a given species). Mammals (and their jaws, 188 in all), birds (71), amphibians and reptiles (13) are covered in great detail within the 700+ pages of this book. Clear color prints, drawings and heaps of data round out what I believe to be the most comprehensive guide of its kind. Well done Mark and well worth the cost.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda on February 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
Outstanding book...wonderful photos of animal skulls...I was able to identify a fragment of a skull that I found by using this book. I know that it's the upper jaw of a house cat instead of a bobcat because of the small premolar tooth that bobcats and lynxes never have, cougars and ocelots always have, and house cats sometimes have. Should be on every naturalist's bookshelf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JRH on February 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am a college student majoring in Wildlife Management. Identifying skulls is a very important skill for any biologist to have. This book gives a good introduction to the bones of the skull and how to measure the different regions of the skull. I wish that I would have had this book last semester while I was taking Mammalogy because we spent a vast amount of time learning to identify skulls. Larger animals are relatively easy but when you are dealing with small rodents, bats, or shrews... identifying the skulls can be a daunting task to someone without the knowledge or experience. There is a good representation of many of the mammal skulls of North America, as well as a fair amount of bird skulls. There were only a couple things that I found somewhat lacking in the book. There were only a handful of reptile/amphibian skulls in the book, however there were enough for someone unfamiliar to the skulls to get a general feel of the shape and form. Also, I would have liked to have seen some fish skulls displayed. Overall though, a great book and possibly the best addition to my personal library that I have made.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Seiser on January 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the book that trackers and naturalists have needed for a long time. It's finally here and it's outstanding! Now when I take apart an owl pellet I'll be able to determine what the owl was eating, and hence what small wildlife is abundant in that area. And when I'm out and discover part of a skull from a mammal, bird, amphibian, or reptile, I'll be able to find what that is too. Mark Elbrock has done it again: an instant classic, and a book that all trackers and naturalists should have in their collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve R. Dean on January 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Best skull identification book ever written.

A must have book for all Biologists,teachers,schools,collectors and museums of natural history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theresa W. Page on November 28, 2007
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This is an excellent book for the serious amateur or expert. Great line drawings and photos accompanied by concise information on each type of skull.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clay R. Davis on February 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. The review in the August 2007, Journal of Mammalogy is spot on. Consider it an expert treatment on the skulls of many (but not all) North American mammals. I'm unsure of the value of the short treatments of birds, reptiles, and amphibians. I consider this money well spent and am sure I will refer to the excellent photographs and illustrations often over the years.
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