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Evolution of South American Mammalian Predators During the Cenozoic: Paleobiogeographic and Paleoenvironmental Contingencies... Evolution of South American Mammalian Predators During the Cenozoic: Paleobiogeographic and Paleoenvironmental Contingencies (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Francisco Juan Prevosti, Analia M. Forasiepi
R1,562 R1,357 Discovery Miles 13 570 Save R205 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book summarizes the evolution of carnivorous mammals in the Cenozoic of South America. It presents paleontological information on the two main mammalian carnivorous groups in South America; Metatheria and Eutheria. The topics include the origin, systematics, phylogeny, paleoecology and evolution of the Sparassodonta and Carnivora. The book is based on a wide variety of published sources from the last few decades.

The Evolution of North American Rhinoceroses (Paperback): Donald R. Prothero The Evolution of North American Rhinoceroses (Paperback)
Donald R. Prothero
R707 Discovery Miles 7 070 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The family Rhinocerotidae has a long and amazing history in North America. From their first appearance about forty million years ago, they diversified into an incredible array of taxa, with a variety of ecologies that do not resemble any of the five living species. They ranged from delicate long-legged dog-sized forms, to huge hippo-like forms that apparently lived in rivers and lakes. This book includes a systematic review of the entire North American Rhinocerotidae, with complete descriptions, measurements, and figures of every bone in every species - the first such review in over a century. More importantly, it discusses the biogeographic patterns of rhinos, their evolutionary patterns and paleoecology, and what rhinos tell us about the evolution of North American landscapes and faunas over 35 million years. It is a complete and authoritative volume that will be a reference of interest to a variety of scientists for years to come.

Les Oiseaux de la Chine. Texte (´┐Żd.1877) (French, Paperback, 1877 ed.): Oustalet E. Les Oiseaux de la Chine. Texte (´┐Żd.1877) (French, Paperback, 1877 ed.)
Oustalet E.
R651 Discovery Miles 6 510 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Monographie Des Picid´┐Żes Ou Histoire Naturelle Des Picid´┐Żs Picumin´┐Żs Yuncin´┐Żs Ou Torcols. Volume 1 (French, Paperback):... Monographie Des Picid´┐Żes Ou Histoire Naturelle Des Picid´┐Żs Picumin´┐Żs Yuncin´┐Żs Ou Torcols. Volume 1 (French, Paperback)
Alfred Malherbe
R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Monographie Des Picid´┐Żes Ou Histoire Naturelle Des Picid´┐Żs Picumin´┐Żs Yuncin´┐Żs Ou Torcols. Volume 2 (French, Paperback):... Monographie Des Picid´┐Żes Ou Histoire Naturelle Des Picid´┐Żs Picumin´┐Żs Yuncin´┐Żs Ou Torcols. Volume 2 (French, Paperback)
Alfred Malherbe
R465 Discovery Miles 4 650 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Atlas Des Oiseaux d'Europe (French, Paperback, 1842 ed.): Coenraad Jacob Temminck Atlas Des Oiseaux d'Europe (French, Paperback, 1842 ed.)
Coenraad Jacob Temminck
R631 Discovery Miles 6 310 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Monographie Des Picid es, Ou Histoire Naturelle Des Picid s, Picumin s, Yuncin s Ou Torcols (French, Paperback): Alfred Malherbe Monographie Des Picid es, Ou Histoire Naturelle Des Picid s, Picumin s, Yuncin s Ou Torcols (French, Paperback)
Alfred Malherbe
R427 Discovery Miles 4 270 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
L'Histoire Naturelle Des Estranges Poissons Marins, ( d.1551) (French, Paperback, 1551 ed.): Pierre Belon L'Histoire Naturelle Des Estranges Poissons Marins, ( d.1551) (French, Paperback, 1551 ed.)
Pierre Belon
R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Mammals of Mexico (Hardcover): Gerardo Ceballos Mammals of Mexico (Hardcover)
Gerardo Ceballos
R2,612 R2,184 Discovery Miles 21 840 Save R428 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Mammals of Mexico is the first reference book in English on the more than 500 types of mammal species found in the diverse Mexican habitats, which range from the Sonoran Desert to the Chiapas cloud forests. The authoritative species accounts are written by a Who's Who of experts compiled by famed mammalogist and conservationist Gerardo Ceballos. Ten years in the making, Mammals of Mexico covers everything from obscure rodents to whales, bats, primates, and wolves. It is thoroughly illustrated with color photographs and meticulous artistic renderings, as well as range maps for each species. Introductory chapters discuss biogeography, conservation, and evolution. The final section of the book illustrates the skulls, jaws, and tracks of Mexico's mammals. This unparalleled collection of scientific information on, and photographs of, Mexican wildlife belongs on the shelf of every mammalogist, in public and academic libraries, and in the hands of anyone curious about Mexico and its wildlife.

Thailand Birds - A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species (Pamphlet): James Kavanagh, Waterford Press Thailand Birds - A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species (Pamphlet)
James Kavanagh, Waterford Press
R139 R115 Discovery Miles 1 150 Save R24 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A premier birding destination in Southeast Asia, Thailand harbors a diverse and plentiful avifauna -- over 1,000 species -- and sanctuaries are easily accessible. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species and includes a map featuring prominent bird-viewing areas. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information for anyone interested in Asia birds, and is ideal for field use by Thailand's visitors and residents. Made in the USA.

Penguins - Their World, Their Ways (Hardcover): Tui De Roy Penguins - Their World, Their Ways (Hardcover)
Tui De Roy
R872 R661 Discovery Miles 6 610 Save R211 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Penguins are, perhaps, the most loved of all birds, often being portrayed as caricatures of ourselves. Yet despite their popularity the many extraordinary facets of penguin life are only just being revealed. Modelled on the authors' much-praised Albatross: Their world, their ways (2008), this book is the first to comprehensively cover all of the 18 penguin species alongside the latest research into many of their more unusual adaptations, such as their deep-diving abilities. Penguins are the 'canaries in the coalmine' of the oceans, and their presence is indicatiive of a healthy marine environment. Although they are an icon of the southern hemisphere, what penguins can teach us about our changing seas is of truly global significance.

The Serengeti Lion - Study of Predator-Prey Relations (Paperback, New edition): George B. Schaller The Serengeti Lion - Study of Predator-Prey Relations (Paperback, New edition)
George B. Schaller
R672 R623 Discovery Miles 6 230 Save R49 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'Predators are the best wildlife managers, ' writes George Schaller. They weed out the sick and old and keep herds healthy and alert. Yet the large predators of the world have been and are still being exterminated because they are thought to harm wildlife. Schaller's award-winning work, based on three years of study in the Serengeti National Park, describes the impact of the lion and other predators on the vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle for which the area is famous.

A Guide to the Flowering Plants and Ferns of Iceland 2010 (Paperback): A Guide to the Flowering Plants and Ferns of Iceland 2010 (Paperback)
R1,508 R1,389 Discovery Miles 13 890 Save R119 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Dormice - A Tale of Two Species (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Pat Morris Dormice - A Tale of Two Species (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Pat Morris; Illustrated by Guy Troughton
R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Britain has two species of dormouse - the hazel dormouse, which is attractive, cute, and rarely bites; and the edible dormouse, which is not a cute creature at all. It is big, noisy, bad tempered and bites like hell. Unfortunately the hazel dormouse has become very rare, and needs a lot of cosseting; the edible dormouse on the other hand is an unwelcome visitor in houses where it gnaws electric cables and creates havoc. This book is an account of the fascinating intricacies of these two species - similar yet very different. Our native hazel dormice are so elusive that hardly anything was known about their ecology until Pat Morris and his students began studying the species in the early 1980s. Pat initiated conservation-related research, introducednationwide monitoring projects and, for ten years, jointly coordinated English Nature's Species Recovery Programme for the dormouse. The edible dormouse is not a native creature; Lord Rothschild let it out in 1902. Through his research into the native species Pat became drawn into working on the edible dormouse also and has unearthed many curious facts about it.As a result of these research and conservation programmes more is now known about dormice than about many mammals that are actually more common. New information on both species has been included in the second edition of this amazingly informative book.

Winged Sentinels - Birds and Climate Change (Paperback): Janice Wormworth, Cagan H Sekercioglu Winged Sentinels - Birds and Climate Change (Paperback)
Janice Wormworth, Cagan H Sekercioglu
R857 R749 Discovery Miles 7 490 Save R108 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'The ability of the birds to show us the consequences of our own actions is among their most important and least appreciated attributes. Despite the free advice of the birds, we do not pay attention', said Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 1947. From ice-dependent penguins of Antarctica to songbirds that migrate across the Sahara, birds' responses provide early warning signs of the impact of climate change. Winged Sentinels: Birds and Climate Change uses colourful examples to show how particular groups of birds face heightened threats from climate change and to explore how we can help birds adapt in a warming world. Generously illustrated with colour photographs, the book is a fascinating insight into what climate change means for birds, and the potential consequences of ignoring these warning signs.

The Supersmart Orangutan (Hardcover): Mari Schuh The Supersmart Orangutan (Hardcover)
Mari Schuh
R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
A Sea Monster's Tale - In Search of the Basking Shark (Hardcover): Colin Speedie A Sea Monster's Tale - In Search of the Basking Shark (Hardcover)
Colin Speedie
R524 R475 Discovery Miles 4 750 Save R49 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Colin Speedie's new book takes us from swashbuckling hunts of giant sharks by reckless individuals with makeshift harpoons, through an age of mass slaughter, to the author's personal shark-tracking adventures in the name of conservation.There are few marine creatures as spectacular as the Basking Shark. At up to 11 metres in length and seven tonnes in weight, this colossal, plankton-feeding fish is one of the largest in the world, second only to the whale shark. Historically, Basking Sharks were a familiar sight in the northern hemisphere - off the coasts of Norway, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the USA, for example. In an 18th Century world without electricity, they became the focus of active hunting for their huge livers containing large amounts of valuable oil, primarily used in lamps.Catch numbers were small enough to leave populations largely intact, but during the 20th Century a new breed of hunter joined the fray, some driven as much by a need for adventure as for financial gain. With improved equipment and experience, they exploited the shark on an industrial scale that drastically reduced numbers, leading to localised near-extinction in some areas.From the 1970's onward a new generation took to the seas, this time with conservation in mind to identify where the shark might still be found in the waters around the British Isles, employing new technologies to solve long-standing mysteries about the behaviour of this elusive creature. Using the best of both old and new research techniques, the case was built to justify the species becoming one of the most protected sharks in the oceans.Today, the Basking Shark is a much-loved cornerstone of our natural heritage. There are positive signs that the population has stabilised and may even be slowly recovering from the damage of the past, proving that timely conservation measures can be effective.Join us on a journey amidst wild seas, places, people and conservation history in the battle to protect this iconic creature - a true sea monster's tale.

The Birds of Sao Tome and Principe / As Aves de Sao Tome e Principe - A Photo Guide / Um Guia Fotografico (English, Portuguese,... The Birds of Sao Tome and Principe / As Aves de Sao Tome e Principe - A Photo Guide / Um Guia Fotografico (English, Portuguese, Paperback)
R440 Discovery Miles 4 400 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This guide to the birds of Sao Tome and Principe, the first in both Portuguese and English, has the goal of making information on the unique bird fauna of the country available to a broader public. 95 bird species and subspecies found on the islands are presented.These were selected because they are known resident breeders or representative of important non-breeding groups such as shorebirds and other migrants. Some of the illustrated species are only occasional or straglers but have been included to call attention to their occurrence and the need for more studies about them.Each bird has its scientific name listed, and in most cases the subspecies the populations of Sao Tome e Principe belong to. Subspecies endemic to the islands and showing distinctive morphology and/or songs, which could be considered full species by some taxonomical schemes, are indicated; along with local names, occurrence, data on breeding and information on genetic, morphological and ecological characteristics. Endemic species or subspecies are indicated and the conservation status of each taxon.

Bats (Paperback, 3rd edition): Dean Waters, Ruth Warren Bats (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Dean Waters, Ruth Warren
R117 Discovery Miles 1 170 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Welcome reprint of this little classic, with an updated section on legislation.

Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists - Good Practice Guidelines (Paperback, 3rd edition): Jan Collins Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists - Good Practice Guidelines (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Jan Collins; Foreword by Julia Hanmer, Kit Stoner
R672 Discovery Miles 6 720 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Following a public consultation, redrafting and an extensive review process the Bat Conservation Trust has produced Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines 3rd edition. In line with the latest evidence and best practice the third edition features new content and revised guidance. This is the essential reference guide for anyone involved in professional bat work.The 3rd edition includes:- A revised structure, index and cross-referencing for improved accessibility- Updates on the latest legislation, licensing, policy and published research- A new chapter on bat surveys of trees- A new section on acoustic surveys at swarming sites- A new chapter on advanced licence survey techniques- A new section on using statistics to analyse bat survey dataThe 3rd edition has gone through an extensive review process by a technical board representing all UK SNCOs, ALGE, ecological consultants and an LPA.Please note that due to the delay in publication of the National Bats and Wind Turbines Project report, there will be no wind farms chapter in this edition. The 2nd edition guidelines wind farms chapter will stand until new guidelines are available for this project type.BCT Members receive a 20% discount: please quote your membership number when ordering (in the 'comments' field when ordering online), and the discount will be applied when we process your order. Please disregard the full amount quoted in your shopping basket and automated order confirmation. If you are not a BCT member, click here to join online now and claim your discount.

Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates, v. 2 - Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates, Volume 2 Amphibians (Hardcover, 2nd... Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates, v. 2 - Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates, Volume 2 Amphibians (Hardcover, 2nd edition)
David O. Norris, Kristin H. Lopez
R1,866 Discovery Miles 18 660 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This series of volumes represents a comprehensive and integrated treatment of reproduction in vertebrates from fishes of all sorts through mammals. It is designed to provide a readable, coordinated description of reproductive basics in each group of vertebrates as well as an introduction to the latest trends in reproductive research and our understanding of reproductive events. Whereas each chapter and each volume is intended to stand alone as a review of that topic or vertebrate group, respectively, the volumes are prepared so as to provide a thorough topical treatment across the vertebrates. Terminology has been standardized across the volumes to reduce confusion where multiple names exist in the literature, and a comprehensive glossary of these terms and their alternative names is provided.
*A complete, essential and up to date reference for research scientists working on vertebrate hormones and reproduction - and on animlals as models in human reproductive research.
*Covers the endocrinology, neuroendocrinology, physiology, behaviour and anatomy of vertebrate reproduction.
*Structured coverage of the major themes for all five vertebrate groups allows a consistent treatment for all.
*Special chapters elaborate on features specific to individual vertebrate groups and to comparative aspects, similarities and differences between them.

Turtles of the United States and Canada (Hardcover, second edition): Carl H. Ernst, Jeffrey E. Lovich Turtles of the United States and Canada (Hardcover, second edition)
Carl H. Ernst, Jeffrey E. Lovich
R1,877 R1,588 Discovery Miles 15 880 Save R289 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Ernst and Lovich's thoroughly revised edition of this classic reference provides the most updated information ever assembled on the natural histories of North American turtles.

From diminutive mud turtles to giant alligator snappers, two of North America's most prominent experts describe the turtles that live in the fresh, brackish, and marine waters north of Mexico. Incorporating the explosion of new scientific information published on turtles over the past fifteen years--including the identification of four new species--Ernst and Lovich supply comprehensive coverage of all fifty-eight species, with discussions of conservation status and recovery efforts.

Each species account contains information on identification, genetics, fossil record, distribution, geographic variation, habitat, behavior, reproduction, biology, growth and longevity, food habits, populations, predators, and conservation status. The book includes range maps for freshwater and terrestrial species, a glossary of scientific names, an extensive bibliography for further research, and an index to scientific and common names.

Logically organized and richly illustrated--with more than two hundred color photographs and fifty-two maps-- "Turtles of the United States and Canada" remains the standard for libraries, museums, nature centers, field biologists, and professional and amateur herpetologists alike.

Mammalian TRP Channels as Molecular Targets (Hardcover): Derek J. Chadwick, Jamie A Goode Mammalian TRP Channels as Molecular Targets (Hardcover)
Derek J. Chadwick, Jamie A Goode
R3,401 Discovery Miles 34 010 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book brings together contributions from key investigators in the area of Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) channel structure and function. It covers the structure, function and regulation of mammalian TRP channels and mechanisms of signal transduction. The discussions indicate research that would improve understanding of the role of TRP channels in normal cellular physiology, the involvement of TRP channels in disease states and their potential use as molecular targets for novel therapeutic agents.

Secret Lives of Carnivorous Marsupials (Hardcover): Andrew Baker, Chris Dickman Secret Lives of Carnivorous Marsupials (Hardcover)
Andrew Baker, Chris Dickman
R2,035 Discovery Miles 20 350 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Most living carnivorous marsupials lead a secretive and solitary existence. From tiny insect eaters to the formidable Tasmanian Devil, Secret Lives of Carnivorous Marsupials offers rare insight into the history and habits of these creatures - from their discovery by intrepid explorers and scientists to their unique life cycles and incredible ways of hunting prey. Secret Lives of Carnivorous Marsupials contains a guide to the world's 136 living species of carnivorous marsupials and is packed with never-before-seen photos. Biogeography, relationships and conservation are also covered in detail. Readers are taken on a journey through remote Australia, the Americas and dark, mysterious New Guinea - some of the last truly wild places on Earth. The book describes frenzied mating sessions, minuscule mammals that catch prey far larger than themselves, and extinct predators including marsupial lions, wolves and even sabre-toothed kangaroos. Features A fascinating insight into the lives and behaviours of these secretive and solitary marsupials Extensively illustrated with stunning colour photographs Includes extinct species such as giant kangaroos, marsupial lions and tigers

A Best Practice Guide for Wild Bird Monitoring Schemes (Paperback): A Best Practice Guide for Wild Bird Monitoring Schemes (Paperback)
R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book summarises recommendations on establishing, running and improving national wild bird monitoring schemes. The methodology is described in details and includes field methods, sampling design, data management and analysis, and communication; including case studies from various countries. The Best Practice Guide is not intended to replace existing textbooks and methodological papers. The aim is to guide coordinators of schemes in designing and running a scheme in order to keep high methodological standards and avoid obvious mistakes. The book has nine chapters covering planning a scheme, survey design and selection of sample plots or field methods, it tackles also the problem of bird detectability and distance sampling, data management and analysis, and principles and recommendations for using the results for nature conservation and communication. Case studies come from several European countries and cover subjects such as sampling design, field methods, working with volunteer fieldworkers, and setting up an on-line database. Final recommendations in a form of a list of 'things best to do' and 'things best to avoid' are part of the publication too.

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