Natural History Museum Book of Animal Records

Natural History Museum Book of Animal Records

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Here are the achievers and the unique from the animal world: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes and invertebrates. These are not only familiar records like highest, fastest, largest, these are the unusual, such as slowest growth (the deep sea clam), most pecks in a day (black woodpecker), noisiest bird (booming Kakapo) and worst climber (western fence lizards fall out of their oak tree homes about 12,000 times a year).

There are myth-busters -- centipedes have the most legs, not millipedes, and fascinating stories -- two "dead" specimens of desert snail were glued onto a museum display tablet only to come out of hibernation four years later. There is a lot of the bizarre (horned lizards from western North America can squirt blood from their eyes) and the ingenious (humpback whales use bubbles as fishing nets).

The mammals, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates are organized by animal order, family and species. Birds are organized by category. Many animals are described for more than one record e.g., camels and llamas are described for the altitude at which they live and for which is the largest and the smallest. Exceptionality is within each category rather than the entire Animal Kingdom, for example, the largest bat is the flying fox bat but the largest of all land mammals is the elephant and the largest of all animals is the blue whale.

Natural History Museum Book of Animal Records includes almost 900 records that show the diversity and wonder of the animal kingdom:

Mammals: 381 records
Birds: 133 records
Reptiles: 101 records
Amphibians: 33 records
Fish: 38 records
Invertebrates: 191 records.

Science is revealing unknown animal behaviors and finding new species. Behavioral research is adding a new dimension to our knowledge of what animals do, where, why and how. Natural History Museum Book of Animal Records is a fascinating sampling of these amazing discoveries.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 210 x 210 x 12mm | 320g
  • Ontario, Canada
  • English
  • Illustrations, color
  • 1770852697
  • 9781770852693
  • 874,575

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Best enjoyed as a browsable source. The index will help readers find specific animals and records, but flipping through the pages and stumbling upon records great and small will provide the most pleasure. Generously illustrated with color photographs, this is a solid source for animal enthusiasts and trivia aficionados alike.-- (12/15/2013) There is no doubt that the animal world can beat humans in most physical activities... Animals can out jump swim climb and dive us many times over but which one does it the best? Hundreds of measurements attesting to the strength, speed, and unique skills of a wide variety of animals fill the pages of this book. The main categories are based on the animal groupings of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Within each of those are smaller categories examining the more interesting characteristics, such as fastest, largest, smallest, most varied diet, oldest and much more. Each page is loaded with fascinating details and colour photographs... Anyone interested in the capabilities of the animal world will find amazing facts and comparisons throughout this collection.-- (10/13/2013) The strength of the book is that it lists not only the familiar records--the highest, fastest, best sense of smell, or most colorful--but also the more unusual, such as flesh-eating, most plant-consuming, fewest toes, can survive coldest temperatures. Rather than being a comprehensive guide, the book aims to include the traits that are most relevant and interesting for each type of animal, choosing to showcase the diversity of the animal kingdom. Readers will especially enjoy the boxes highlighting top record holders scattered throughout the book and photographs on every page.-- (01/01/2014) Combining two topics of perennial interest--animals and record breakers--this book is sure to catch the attention of students. It's packed with information and up-close color photos of awe-inspiring and intriguing creatures, while highlighting some spectacular feats.... It's a good resource for comparative studies and information on threatened species; as the author notes, many of the record breaking animals are now on endangered lists.-- (12/16/2013) Accompanying the records are stunning photos and fascinating facts sure to delight readers of all ages.--Waterloo Region Record (12/21/2013) One of the most intriguing sources of natural history that I have come across thus far. I can almost guarantee that most people -- children, teens, adults and the elderly -- will be thrilled with this enormous wealth of information that resembles an extravagant encyclopedia... Every page of this incredible book will keep you glued to your chair or couch... The Natural History Museum Book of Animal Records will not disappoint.-- (07/27/2014)
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About Mark Carwardine

Zoologist Mark Carwardine is an award-winning writer, widely published photographer and TV and radio presenter.
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