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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 632 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; Rev Upd Ne edition (August 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756686776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756686772
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.6 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Burnie has written, or contributed to, more than 140 books, including DK's Bird, Ocean, and most recently, Natural History, and was Editor-in-Chief of the first edition of Animal.

Don E. Wilson is the Senior Scientist at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. He is the author of more than 180 publications and papers.

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Lots of information on each of the animals.
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Great book, full of detailed info on a HUGE range of animals, very good reference resource.
Reymbou
I bought this book for my son for christmas and he loves it.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Marty Essen on January 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As a nature writer, I own a large collection of natural history encyclopedias. When I wrote "Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents" and wanted the natural history of a particular animal I encountered in the wild, I would comb through multiple wildlife guides. Two things stood out:

1) More often than not, I could find what I was looking for in "Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide" (the previous version of this book).

2) I was amazed how often various natural history guides disagreed on the size and weight of species. Since I had the advantage of actually observing the animals in the wild, I could judge which guide was most accurate. In most cases, I sided with "Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide."

So while I will continue to have multiple natural history encyclopedias at my side for future writing projects, if I had to choose just one, "Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide" would be the book.

Marty Essen, author of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By curtis spratte-lennington on July 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
DK's Animal has set the standard for future reference books which include Earth, Universe, Science, History, Prehistoric Life, Ocean, Art and Natural History, books that were published by DK and books that I own.
10 years after it's first publication in 2001, this updated book gives a breathtaking and stunning visual look of our
animal wildlife from huge mammals to tiny insects. With this updated version of DK's Animal one can look at the spectacular beauty of our wildlife with over 50 new species catalogued and represented. The stunning photography make this book a must have for zoologists, animal enthusiasts and for anyone who is fascinated by our animal kingdom. This is the visual story of our animal wildlife through stunning photography and illustrated graphics that bring the breadth and bizarreness that is our wildlife.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jmrconcept on March 13, 2012
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I did heard about the size and weight of this book, but even so i'm amazed.

The good

-an incredible amount of animal reference in just one book.
-the quality of the material being the photos, the information...all.
-the price, i don't know how this book can cost only $30, i showed to my mother and ask her to guess about the price...she said $500 (she is not ill or anything, maybe she is not up to day about prices or bokks)....my father said $80. They almost laughed when i said $30.

so you have....quantity (huge) & quality...for a bargain price.

Not much to think about it:

if you are interested in the topic,
you have place in the bookshell for this baby,
and you have 30 dollars

guest what?

Cheers

Update 20-03-2012

From all my books, this one is by far, far, far....the better in terms of price/value. What you get here for $30 just don't have relation with the real world market.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LNewton on January 20, 2012
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I was desperate to find an interesting Christmas present for my 9year old. A friend brought one into work and all of the staff were mesmerized with the content and color photographs. It is a wonderful book that reminds you the Internet can't compete with a good book in your lap with your child. I highly recommend to parents and all animal lovers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reymbou on January 21, 2012
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Great book, full of detailed info on a HUGE range of animals, very good reference resource. Highly recommended for young and old alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Pulliam on June 9, 2014
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10 lbs of Book with 600 plus pages of encyclopedic presentation of all animals in the 6 or so different groups: Mammals, Birds, Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Invertebrates, etc. All listed with great color photography. Showing the location of each species on its own globe map. Slightly more technical using the Genus-Species names too. Impressive, massive.... Slightly hard to navigate without looking at the Contents pages in front, but that can be worked with. After all, it does succede in listing everything in the animal kingdom. Richly designed in a bright eye-catching gold dust jacket and great sturdy constructiuon. OK, Darwin would have probably wanted this one too. He would have used this one in high school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela R. Juenger on November 17, 2011
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This book is worth twice the book store price, yet was purchased for half that! Full of wonderful pictures of every mammel, bird, fish, insect and reptile you can think of, as well as detailed information. I ordered this in August as a Christmas present for my husband... just hope I can hold out that long before giving it to him!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NyckiJae on October 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
im a huge fan of zoology. this book is amazing!! the pictures, the information, all of it. its so worth the money and all DK books are simply great
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