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The Skeleton Revealed: An Illustrated Tour of the Vertebrates Illustrated Edition
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"I enjoy a good museum exhibit, but I admit I’ve often found skeletal displays to be static, lacking much connection to the real animal. That’s why The Skeleton Revealed immediately caught my attention. Here are vertebrate skeletons displayed showing their form and function."(Cool Green Science)
"Look at this wonderful "picture book" for the images and read it for its informed skeletal biology and natural history... Highly Recommended. All Readers"(Choice)
"Steve Huskey feeds our fascination with the vast diversity of animals through beautiful photographs of skeletons he meticulously prepared. Accompanied by informative and up-to-date descriptions of the animals and their lives, this book reveals the remarkable evolutionary variety in animal body plans."(George V. Lauder, Harvard University)
"In these pages, the vertebrate skeleton becomes an inspiration. Skeletons are sources of beauty, wonder, and knowledge about the natural world. Here, we see and learn about them in their full glory."(Neil Shubin, author of Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body)
"I have admired Steve Huskey's magnificent skeletal preparations for fifteen years. To now see them assembled in a book is a rare treat. This stunning visual collection could only have been pulled together by someone who is both thoroughly grounded in anatomy and artistically talented. The diversity of vertebrate skeletons is displayed with a keen eye for composition. It is the best book on the vertebrate skeleton I have encountered in a long while."(Adam Summers, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington)
Gorgeous high-contrast photographs reveal the eerie beauty of the vertebrate skeleton.
- Item Weight : 2.55 pounds
- Hardcover : 360 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1421421488
- ISBN-13 : 978-1421421483
- Dimensions : 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.1 inches
- Publisher : Johns Hopkins University Press; Illustrated edition (February 15, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The only thing (and this is knit picking) I wish is that the print quality was better. The blacks are more like dark grey. That said wonderful book and still worth every penny.
Besides a couple of wrong species ID which is not a great deal, my biggest criticism of the book would be the choice to use black and white for the photographs. While this worked very well for the "Evolution" book by Panafieu & Gries, this is not so much the case here. Color plates (even if in the end, a skeleton is white) would have been much nicer. Looking closely at the pictures, and from color photographs I saw elsewhere, I suspect B&W was chosen as many specimens are not degreased properly, which result in stains and yellowish bones, which obviously does not look so nice.
However this is purely aesthetic (though it suggests conservation issues on the long term as well for the specimens themselves), and does not distract from the scientific value of the pictures.