Encyclopedia of Mammals
Mammals are our closest relatives in the animal kingdom; most are beautiful, and many are highly intelligent and have intricate social systems. They are found in all kinds of habitats; they may have fur, scales, or spines; they move by hopping, swimming, running, or flying. What all mammals share, apart from certain anatomical similarities, is the unique ability to nourish their young with milk from mammary glands. Many species of mammals are severely threatened by habitat destruction and encroachment, and some face extinction within the near future. A better understanding and appreciation of mammals by humans is essential to their survival. This lavishly illustrated book presents in a lively and visually stimulating way the most recent findings of scientific research. Authoritative text written by the world's leading mammalogists is enhanced by over 200 superb photographs and over 100 original paintings, diagrams, and maps to give an up-to-date overview of our knowledge of the fascinating lives of animals.
- Hardback | 240 pages
- 246.38 x 314.96 x 27.94mm | 1,564.89g
- 01 Oct 1998
- Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
- Academic Press Inc
- San Diego, United States
- 2nd Revised edition
- colour photographs, colour illustrations, maps, diagrams, index
Table of contents
The world of mammals: introducing mammals, G. McKay; classifying mammals, J.E. Hill; mammals through the ages, T. Kemp; habitats and adaptations, G.L. Kirkland Jr; mammal behaviour, D.M. Stoddart; endangered species, A. LaBastille. Kinds of mammals: monotremes, T. Grant; marsupials, R. Strahan; edentates, R.D. Stone; insectivores, R.D. Stone; tree shrews, R.D. Stone; flying lemurs, J.E. Hill; bats, J.E. Hill; primates, C. Groves; carnivores, W.C. Wozencraft and J.E. King; whales and dolphins, M.M. Bryden; sea cows, H. Marsh; elephants, J. Shoshani; odd-toed ungulates, N. Owen-Smith; hyraxes, J. Shoshani; aardvark, J. Shoshani; even-toed ungulates, V. Geist; pangolins, R.D. Stone; rodents, M.J. Delany; lagomorphs, M.J. Delany; elephant shrews, R.D. Stone.
Praise for the First Edition "An impressive list of 19 contributors...Helpful to general readers; distribution maps for the orders will be useful to students." -LIBRARY JOURNAL