The Encyclopedia of Animals

The Encyclopedia of Animals

A Complete Visual Guide

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Baker & Taylor
A comprehensive exploration of the world of animals integrates color illustrations, distribution maps, diagrams, wildlife photographs, and detailed coverage of all sorts of animals, along with an overview of animal evolution, biology, behavior, and classification.

Book News
Written for the popular reader, this ambitious encyclopedia provides detailed information about the animal kingdom using short descriptions alongside copious photos and drawings. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and invertebrates are featured in turn, with the mammals receiving the lion's share of the space. An initial section is devoted to essays on characteristics and issues shared among animals, including classification, evolution, biology and behavior, habitat and adaptation, an d animals in danger. The drawings are particularly notable, filling the book with a wide array of species, displayed in two-page groupings. Boxes with "fact files" are included with the drawings which contain information on individual species, a distribution map, and statistics about the species' size, weight, habits, status, and preferred habitat. The essays and short descriptions were written by senior scientists in the UK, Australia, Brazil, and the US. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
The Encyclopedia of Animals is a lavishly illustrated, authoritative, and comprehensive exploration of the rich and intriguing world of animals. Written by an international team of specialists, spectacularly adorned with a gallery of more than 2,000 color illustrations, and supplemented with distribution maps, detailed and beautifully rendered diagrams, and some of the world's finest wildlife photographs, this volume will become the standard by which all others are measured. Each page is expertly laid out to enhance either browsing or in-depth study. Readers will find detailed coverage of all sorts of animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and invertebrates.

The Encyclopedia includes an introductory overview of animal evolution, biology, behavior, classification, habitats, and current conservation issues. An extensive encyclopedic survey of the animals follows, with special attention given to endangered and vulnerable species. All information is completely up-to-date, with the most recent scientific and conservation data.

Elegant graphics put a broad selection of information at readers' fingertips, including classification information, scientific and common names, distribution maps for all animal groups, conservation panels that focus on threatened species, accurate and detailed anatomical drawings, and illustrations of multiple species. Each section is color coded for easy identification of animal groups. Feature pages explore topics of particular interest and provide insights into animal behavior. With its expansive scope, richly detailed information, and inviting design, this will be the ideal reference for a broad range of uses.

* Completely up-to-date, with the most recent scientific information and conservation data

* A gallery of more than 2,000 illustrations

* Authoritative text contributed by a team of international specialists

* Lavish color photographs from leading wildlife photographers

* Distribution maps for all animal groups

* Detailed explanatory scientific diagrams

* Feature pages exploring topics of particular interest and providing insights into animal behavior

& Taylor

Presents a survey of all animal groups, with diagrams, distribution maps, color photographs. and overviews of animal evolution, behavior, habitats, and adaptation.

Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780520244061
Characteristics: 608 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 27 cm


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