Seashells, stretching from the deep past into the present day, are touchstones leading into fascinating realms of the natural world and cutting-edge science. But rather than dwelling on all that is lost, Scales emphasizes that seashells offer an accessible way to reconnect people with nature, helping to bridge the gap between ourselves and the living world.
Members of the phylum Mollusca are among the most ancient animals on the planet. Their shells provide homes for other animals, people have used shells not only as trinkets but also as a form of money, and across the ages, and as powerful symbols of sex and death, prestige and war. The science and natural history of shells are woven into a compelling narrative, revealing their cultural importance and the ways they have been used by humans over the millennia, even as a source of mind-bending drugs.
Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells Bloomsbury Sigma #ad - Spirals in time shows why nature matters, and reveals the hidden wonders that you can hold in the palm of your hand. After surviving multiple mass extinctions millions of years ago, mollusks and their shells still face an onslaught of anthropocentric challenges, including climate change and corrosive oceans.
Eye of the Shoal: A Fishwatcher's Guide to Life, the Ocean and EverythingBloomsbury Sigma #ad - Either that, or fish are simply “food”; catching fish to eat is so deeply ingrained that we fish for fish, but we don't pigeon a pigeon or deer a deer. But from the very first time helen Scales immersed herself into their liquid world, she realized that fish are beautiful, mesmerizing, complex and exciting.
In this book, unknowable beasts and reinventing them as clever, thoughtful creatures, singing, emotional, unhitching them from their reputation as cold, Scales shares the secrets of fish, and challenging readers to rethink these animals. They've evolved many tactics to overcome these challenges, to become megastars of the life sun-aquatic.
Eye of the Shoal: A Fishwatcher's Guide to Life, the Ocean and Everything #ad - There's something about fish that leaves a cold, slimy whiff in many people's minds. Our relationship with these scaly creatures goes much deeper than predator versus prey. Wild fish hover in seas, rivers and lakes, out of sight and out of mind. In doing so, these extraordinary animals tell us so much about the oceans and life itself.
She takes readers on an underwater journey to watch these creatures going about the hidden but glorious business of being a fish. The moment she sank down to eyeball a wild trout-the fish poised in front of her, expertly occupying the three-dimensional space in a way that she could only dream of imitating-sparked the ichthyologist within, and set in motion years of study and exploration in the fishes' unseen domain as she became a devoted fish-watcher.
It's difficult to think of fish as wild, partly because those chunks of white meat on our plates are almost impossible to connect to animate, living, living things, breathing creatures.
A Natural History of Shells Princeton Science LibraryPrinceton University Press #ad - A Natural History of Shells Princeton Science Library #ad - How are shells built? how do they work? how did they evolve? The author lucidly and charmingly demonstrates how shells give us insights into the lives of animals in our own day as well as in the distant geological past. Most popular books on shells emphasize the identification of species, but Vermeij uses shells as a way to explore major ideas in biology.
Geerat vermeij wrote this "celebration of shells" to share his enthusiasm for those supremely elegant creations and what they can teach us about nature.
A Natural History of Shells Princeton Science LibraryPrinceton University Press #ad - Most popular books on shells emphasize the identification of species, but Vermeij uses shells as a way to explore major ideas in biology. Used book in Good Condition. Geerat vermeij wrote this "celebration of shells" to share his enthusiasm for those supremely elegant creations and what they can teach us about nature.
How are shells built? how do they work? how did they evolve? The author lucidly and charmingly demonstrates how shells give us insights into the lives of animals in our own day as well as in the distant geological past.
Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last DinosaurHolt Paperbacks #ad - As voyage of the turtle, whose ancestry can be traced back 125 million years, Carl Safina's compelling natural history adventure makes clear, the fate of the astonishing leatherback turtle, is in our hands. Writing with verve and color, Safina describes how he and his colleagues track giant pelagic turtles across the world's oceans and onto remote beaches of every continent.
. As scientists apply lessons learned in the atlantic and Caribbean to other endangered seas, Safina follows leatherback migrations, to nesting grounds on the most remote beaches of Papua, including a thrilling journey from Monterey, California, New Guinea. A joyful, hopeful book. Safina gives us ample reasons to be enthralled by this astonishing ancient animal―and ample reasons to care.
The los angeles Times Used book in Good Condition. The only surviving species of its genus, the leatherback is an evolutionary marvel: a "reptile" that behaves like a warm-blooded dinosaur, family, and suborder, an ocean animal able to withstand colder water than most fishes and dive deeper than any whale.
Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur #ad - In his peerless prose, safina captures the delicate interaction between these gentle giants and the humans who are finally playing a significant role in their survival. Magnificent. The distressing decline of sea turtles in pacific waters and their surprising recovery in the Atlantic illuminate what can go both wrong and right from our interventions, and teach us the lessons that can be applied to restore health to the world's oceans and its creatures.
Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the CephalopodsForeEdge #ad - Many species streamlined their shells and added defensive spines, but these enhancements only provided a brief advantage. Cephalopods became the first creatures to rise from the seafloor, essentially inventing the act of swimming. And before there were fish in the sea, there were cephalopods―the ancestors of modern squid and Earth’s first truly substantial animals.
But when fish evolved jaws, the ocean’s former top predator became its most delicious snack. Some cephalopods then abandoned the shell entirely, which opened the gates to a flood of evolutionary innovations: masterful camouflage, fin-supplemented jet propulsion, perhaps even dolphin-like intelligence.
Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods #ad - Squid empire is an epic adventure spanning hundreds of millions of years, from the marine life of the primordial ocean to the calamari on tonight’s menu. With dozens of tentacles and formidable shells, they presided over an undersea empire for millions of years. Anyone who enjoys the undersea world―along with all those obsessed with things prehistoric―will be interested in the sometimes enormous, often bizarre creatures that ruled the seas long before the first dinosaurs.
Used book in Good Condition. Before there were mammals on land, there were dinosaurs. Cephalopods had to step up their game.
Poseidon's Steed: The Story of Seahorses, From Myth to RealityAvery #ad - Over time, seahorses have surfaced in some unlikely places. We see them immortalized in the decorative arts; in tribal folklore, literature, and ancient myth; and even on the pages of the earliest medical texts, prescribed to treat everything from skin complaints to baldness to flagging libido. The ancient greeks called the seahorse hippocampus half-horse, half-fish and sent it galloping through the oceans of mythology, pulling the sea god Poseidon's golden chariot.
The seahorse has even been the center of a modern-day international art scandal: A two-thousand-year-old winged seahorse brooch was plundered by Turkish tomb raiders and sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Poseidon's steed is a sweeping journey that takes us from the coral reefs and seagrass meadows of Indonesia where many seahorses makes their natural habitat to the back streets of Hong Kong where a thriving black market seahorse trade is concealed.
Scientists have long puzzled over seahorses' unusual anatomy and their very strange sex lives. But even if few have seen one live, these exotic, seemingly prehistoric creatures exist quite vividly in our imaginations and they have mesmerized scientists, artists, and storytellers throughout time with their otherworldly rarity.
Poseidon's Steed: The Story of Seahorses, From Myth to Reality #ad - But their delicate beauty reminds us that we rely on the seas not only to fill our dinner plates, but also to feed our imaginations. They rely on a healthy ocean to survive, but the marine ecosystem does not rely on them. A fascinating journey with the sea creature that has captured human imagination for thousands of years Poseidon's Steed trails the seahorse through secluded waters across the globe in a kaleidoscopic history that mirrors man's centuries-old fascination with the animal, sweeping from the reefs of Indonesia, through the back streets of Hong Kong, and back in time to ancient Greece and Rome.
A book that is as charming as the seahorse itself, Poseidon's Steed brings to life an aquatic treasure.
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The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of ConsciousnessAtria Books #ad - Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple “sleights of hand” to get food. With her “joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures” Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick, Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story.
Atria Books. Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. From new england aquarium tanks to the reefs of french Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, curious Kali, assertive Octavia, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities—gentle Athena, and joyful Karma. Finalist for the national book award for nonfiction * new york times bestseller * starred booklist and library journal editors’ spring pick * a huffington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year * One of the Best Books of the Month on Goodreads * Library Journal Best Sci-Tech Book of the Year * An American Library Association Notable Book of the Year “Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus does for the creature what Helen Macdonald’s H Is for Hawk did for raptors.
New statesman, uk “One of the best science books of the year. Science friday, intelligent, this “fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining” Daily Beast book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, NPR Another New York Times bestseller from the author of The Good Good Pig, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.
Handbooks: Shells: The Clearest Recognition Guide Available DK Smithsonian HandbookDK #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Peter dance, and packed with detailed information on the shape of each genus, differences between the major classes, and more, DK’s Smithsonian Handbook of Shells is the clearest identification guide to seashells for beginners and established enthusiasts alike.
Written by leading shell expert, author, and museum veteran S. Expertly written and thoroughly vetted, each species entry combines a precise description with annotated photographs to highlight each shell's characteristics and distinguishing features. Dk adult. The entry always includes a distribution map, showing the geographical range of the species, as well as color-coded bands to provide at-a-glance key facts.
Handbooks: Shells: The Clearest Recognition Guide Available DK Smithsonian Handbook #ad - Authoritative text, crystal-clear photography, and a systematic approach make DK’s Smithsonian Handbook of Shells the most comprehensive and concise pocket guide to seashells of the world. Atria Books. Packed with more than 600 full-color photographs of over 500 species of seashells, this handy reference book is designed to cut through the complex process of identification and make it accessible to the average reader.
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New WorldVintage #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. The invention of Nature. Brilliantly researched and stunningly written, The Invention of Nature reveals the myriad ways in which Humboldt’s ideas form the foundation of modern environmentalism—and reminds us why they are as prescient and vital as ever.
In north america, mountains, counties, parks, Humboldt’s name still graces towns, bays, lakes, and a river. And yet the man has been all but forgotten. In this illuminating biography, wordsworth, goethe, thoreau, andrea wulf brings humboldt’s extraordinary life back into focus: his prediction of human-induced climate change; his daring expeditions to the highest peaks of South America and to the anthrax-infected steppes of Siberia; his relationships with iconic figures, including Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson; and the lasting influence of his writings on Darwin, Muir, and many others.
The acclaimed author of founding gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism. National best sellerone of the new york times 10 best books of the yearwinner of the los angeles Times Book Prize, the Costa Biography Award, the Royal Geographic Society's Ness Award, The James Wright Award for Nature Writing, the Sigurd F.
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World #ad - Atria Books. Dk adult. Olson nature writing awardfinalist for the andrew carnegie medal for excellence in nonfiction, the evening standard, publishers weekly, nature, the telegraph, kirkus reviews, the economist, the Royal Society Science Book Prize, The SpectatorAlexander von Humboldt 1769-1859 was the most famous scientist of his age, New Scientist, Jezebel, the Kirkus Prize Prize for Nonfiction, the Independent Bookshop Week Book AwardA Best Book of the Year: The New York Times, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Atlantic, a visionary German naturalist and polymath whose discoveries forever changed the way we understand the natural world.