New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

December 5, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The incredible fold-out book of animals : open up a big world of discovery

December 4, 2017
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2017.
13 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
On board pages
Cover title.
This interactive lift-the-flap book takes kids ages 3 and up for a walk on the wild side with both familiar and unusual wild animals.

The inner life of animals : love, grief, and compassion : surprising observations of a hidden world

December 4, 2017
Wohlleben, Peter, 1964- author.
x, 277 pages ; 20 cm
"David Suzuki Institute."
Foreword / by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson -- Selfless mother love -- Instinct--a second-rate emotion? -- Loving people -- Anybody home? -- Pig smarts -- Gratitude -- Lies and deception -- Stop, thief! -- Take courage! -- Black and white -- Cold hedgehogs, warm honey bees -- Crowd intelligence -- Hidden agendas -- Simple sums -- Just for fun -- Desire -- Till death do us part -- What's in a name? -- Grief -- Shame and regret -- Empathy -- Altruism -- Upbringing -- Getting rid of the kids -- Once wild, forever wild -- Snipe mess -- Something special in the air -- Comfort -- Weathering the storm -- Pain -- Fear -- High society -- Good and evil -- Hey, Mr. Sandman -- Animal oracles -- Animals age, too -- Alien worlds -- Artificial environments -- In the service of humanity -- Communication -- Where is the soul?
"Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves Peter Wohlleben's wealth of personal experience observing nature in forests and fields with the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world. Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up."--Dust jacket flap.

What it's like to be a dog : and other adventures in animal neuroscience

November 14, 2017
Berns, Gregory, author.
New York : Basic Books, 2017.
vii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
What it's like to be a dog -- The marshmallow test -- Why a brain? -- Seizing sea lions -- Rudiments -- Painting with sound -- Buridan's ass -- Talk to the animals -- A death in Tasmania -- Lonesome tiger -- Dog lab -- Epilogue: The brain ark.
"Do dogs experience emotions like people do? To find out, neuroscientist and bestselling author Gregory Berns and his team did something nobody had ever attempted: they trained dogs to go into an MRI scanner--completely awake--so they could figure out what they think and feel. But dogs were just the beginning. In [this book], Berns takes us into the brains and minds of wild animals: sea lions who can learn to dance, and dolphins who can see with sound. In a radical experiment in neuroarchaeology, he reconstructs the brain of one of the most mysterious animals in recent history, the Tasmanian tiger, to explain why it disappeared. Berns's latest scientific breakthroughs show how similar animal brains are to those of humans and make clear that we can understand what it's like to be a dog or a dolphin. He proves definitively that animals have feelings very much like we do--a revelation which forces us to reconsider what animal rights ought to be. Written with insight, empathy, and humor, What It's Like to Be a Dog heralds a new world, one in which complex intelligence is all around us. It is the new manifesto for animal liberation of the twenty-first century."--Jacket.

American wolf : a true story of survival and obsession in the West

November 13, 2017
Blakeslee, Nate, 1970- author.
New York : Crown, 2017.
300 pages : illustration, map ; 24 cm
Return of the wolf -- In the Valley of the Druids -- A star is born -- Killers -- The king of Currumpaw -- Rebels in the sage -- Iron man -- Return to the Lamar Valley -- Betrayal -- Rampage of the Mollies -- "The worst possible thing I could tell you" -- A good day in the park -- Enough is enough.
The story of the rise of a Yellowstone wolf, and what her life and death and death tell us about the struggle for the American West. --Provided by publisher.

Birding without borders : an obsession, a quest, and the biggest year in the world

November 3, 2017
Strycker, Noah K.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
ix, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Map on lining papers.
Includes indexes.
End of the world -- The DSP -- Cerro Negro -- Over the years -- The Harpy -- Gunning it -- An angel of peace -- Flying free -- Home -- Missed connections -- Kalu -- The Karamoja Apalis -- A new world record -- Hit and miss -- Birds in paradise -- From end to end.
Traveling to 41 countries in 2015 with a backpack and binoculars, Noah Strycker became the first person to see more than half the world's 10,000 species of birds in one year.


November 2, 2017
Williams, Edgar Mark, 1960- author.
196 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm.
A tale of two hippos -- Mud, mud, glorious mud -- Water horse -- The illustrious stranger -- The good, the bad, and the ugly -- The modern hippo -- Timeline.
"Hippos are well-loved, cumbersome, rotund mammals famous for lounging, semi-submerged in muddy pools. Gregarious herbivores, they emerge after dusk from the water into the cool night air to graze on grass and plants before returning to the water at sunrise. They have huge mouths adapted for grazing as well as large, sharp tusks and jaws powerful enough to bite through crocodiles, small boats and even humans. Hippos originated in Asia and share a common ancestor with whales. The common hippo, once found all over Africa, is now largely confined to South and East Africa, while its close relative, the mysterious pygmy hippo, dwells only in the forests of West Africa. Until the last Ice Age, they were common across Europe, including Britain. To the ancient Egyptians the hippo was a revered deity, while at the same time it was hunted for sport; later, the Romans imported them into their circus spectacles. From the first Egyptian god, Taweret, to Obaysch, the first living hippo exhibited in the London Zoo in the nineteenth century, hippos have inspired wonder and awe."--Back cover.

Curious about orangutans

November 2, 2017
Shaw, Gina, author.
New York, New York : Penguin Young Readers Licenses, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2017.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, map ; 21 cm
What's got long red hair, toes that work like thumbs, arms longer than its legs, swings from tree branch to tree branch, and can even use an iPad? The amazing orangutan!

Wild : endangered animals in living motion : a photicular® book

October 31, 2017
Kainen, Dan, photographer.
New York : Workman Publishing, 2017.
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Panda -- Leopard -- Albatross -- Gorilla -- Rhinoceros -- Bee -- Elephant -- Pangolin.
"You can't believe your eyes. But you can believe the numbers. The Photicular series, with four books published in the last five years, now has 2 million copies in print--and with every new title published the backlist rises to the occasion. After last year's success with Jungle (over 215,000 copies in print in just a few months), here comes Wild -- the book, and the idea, for which the series could have been invented. Wild captures eight endangered animals in living motion. From the cover panda shown lazily munching on leaves, to an albatross swooping its magnificent wings, to a bumblebee taking a sip of water, Wild throws a spotlight on the mammals, birds, and insects that are threatened with extinction. We see gorillas at play, a rhinoceros and its baby trotting across the savanna, a pangolin skittering along the landscape. There's a romantic big cat--an Amur leopard--and the personable elephant bathing in a river. An opening essay explores the environmental and economic threats to animal populations and how conservationists are working to slow--and, when they can, reverse--the damage. Profiles of each animal accompany the images, which are warm, accessible, and friendly. The story is urgent. Together, it's a compelling book about what's at stake now, and in our future"-- Provided by publisher.

Spiders! : strange and wonderful

October 25, 2017
Pringle, Laurence, 1935- author.
Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Boyds Mills Press, [2017]
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm
An accessible and comprehensive introduction to spider species from all over the world.

Penguins and other sea birds

October 19, 2017
Sewell, Matt, author.
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, [2016]
128 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Emperor penguin -- King penguin -- Brown skua -- Wandering albatross -- Storm petrel -- Northern giant petrel -- Sooty shearwater -- Adelie penguin -- Gentoo penguin -- Striated caracara -- Snowy sheathbill -- Imperial shag -- Arctic tern -- Chinstrap penguin -- Northern and southern rockhopper penguin -- Common loon -- Northern fulmar -- parasitic jaeger -- Steller's eider -- King eider -- Macaroni penguin -- Royal penguin -- Harlequin duck -- Smew -- Crested auklet -- dovekie -- Fiordland crested and snares penguin -- Erect-crested penguin -- Great auk -- Razorbill -- Guillemot -- Puffin -- Humboldt penguin -- African penguin -- Tufted puffin -- Rhinoceros auklet -- Great cormorant -- Gannet -- Magellanic and Galapagos penguin -- Little penguin -- Blue-footed booby -- Australian pelican -- Magnificent frigatebird -- Black skimmer -- Yellow-eyed penguin -- Surf scoter -- Osprey -- White-tailed sea eagle -- White-flippered penguin -- Gyrfalcon.
"Penguins are among the world's most beloved birds. In this enchanting guide, Matt Sewell captures 50 species of penguins and other sea bird favorites like puffins and albatrosses. From the Little Penguin, who is only 13 inches tall, to the Fiordland Crested Penguin, who sports bushy yellow eyebrows, these charismatic birds are sure to delight both young and old"--Back cover.

A charm of goldfinches and other wild gatherings : quirky collective nouns of the animal kingdom

October 18, 2017
Sewell, Matt, author.
New York : Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
144 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Presents the collective nouns used to describe groups of animals, including hares, vultures, and jellyfish.

Ancient oaks in the English landscape

September 27, 2017
Farjon, Aljos, author.
Kew, Richmond, Surrey : Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2017.
348 pages : color illustrations, graphs, tables ; 27 cm
Foreward -- Introduction -- 1. The life of an oak -- 2. The age of ancient oaks -- 3. General distribution of ancient and veteran oaks -- 4. Distribution of ancient and veteran oaks in England explained : Deer parks -- 5. Distribution of ancient and veteran oaks in England explained : Royal forests, chases and other historical connections -- 6. Ancient oaks in Europe -- 7. Why England has most of the ancient oaks -- 8. Ancient oaks in a pasture woodland context -- 9. The most important oak sites -- 10. The biodiversity of ancient oaks -- References -- Glossary -- List of illustrations and tables -- Acknowledgements -- Index.
"The ancient native oaks of England are a national treasure, beautiful and beloved. And England has more of them than the rest of Europe combined. How did that happen? How, as Europe was deforested over the course of centuries, did England manage to preserve so many ancient trees? Ancient Oaks in the English Landscape tells that story. It begins with the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Normans, and the nobility they put in place, created Royal Forests, chases, and deer parks where only the nobility could hunt or keep deer—and where, to protect that game, it was forbidden to cut trees. Thus, centuries before the modern conservation movement, the trees were preserved. Other historical and social factors enabled that preservation to continue long after the decline of royalty. Private ownership of thousands of parks and estates, the ready availability of timber from overseas, and, crucially, the absence of major wars and their accompanying destruction brought the ancient forests into our era. By the time modern forestry truly took hold in England after World War I, it was too late to destroy the now worthless old and hollow oaks. Bringing together history and science, Aljos Farjon tells this compelling story, illustrating it with stunning photographs and maps. The result is a beautiful, fitting celebration of England’s ancient oaks and the biodiversity they represent and foster"

The prairie peninsula

September 22, 2017
Meszaros, Gary, author.
125 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
A heritage lost -- Prairie ecosystems -- The tallgrass community -- Bloom to bloom -- The insects -- Remnants
"The prairie grassland biome covers the heartland of North America with an eastward extension called the Prairie Peninsula. Primarily composed of tallgrass prairie, this biome lies between the shortgrass prairies of the west and the eastern deciduous forest region and includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, southeastern Wisconsin, and Ohio. With text by coauthors Gary Meszaros and Guy L. Denny and striking photographs by Meszaros, The Prairie Peninsula examines the many prairie types, floristic composition, and animals that are part of this ecosystem."--Publisher's website.

My encyclopedia of very important animals

September 20, 2017
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2017.
224 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
From peacocks and frogs to sharks and dogs, My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals is perfect for the curious little animal lover in your life. Mixing photography and charming illustration, kids will find out important things about the wonderful world of animals from what they eat, what they do, and why people are animals, too. My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals is a friendly book that gets children learning, reading, and laughing!


September 19, 2017
Gagne, Tammy, author.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Time to eat! -- Large and round -- Made for water -- Special skin -- Don't get in their way!
Introduces readers to the life, diet, habitat, behavior, and physical description of hippopotamuses. Colorful spreads, fun facts, diagrams, a range map, and a special reading feature make this an exciting read for animal lovers and report writers alike.

National Geographic field guide to the birds of North America

September 19, 2017
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2017]
591 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 21 cm
Includes index.
Presents a guidebook which provides identification tips, information on behavior and nesting, locator and range maps, and plumage and species classification data on over one thousand species of birds found in North America.

Where the animals go : tracking wildlife with technology in 50 maps and graphics

September 18, 2017
Cheshire, James, author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2017.
174 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm
For thousands of years, tracking animals meant following footprints. Now satellites, drones, camera traps, cellphone networks, and accelerometers reveal the natural world as never before. Where the Animals Go is the first book to offer a comprehensive, data-driven portrait of how creatures like ants, otters, owls, turtles, and sharks navigate the world. Based on pioneering research by scientists at the forefront of the animal-tracking revolution, James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti's stunning, four-color charts and maps tell fascinating stories of animal behavior. These astonishing infographics explain how warblers detect incoming storms using sonic vibrations, how baboons make decisions, and why storks prefer garbage dumps to wild forage; they follow pythons racing through the Everglades, a lovelorn wolf traversing the Alps, and humpback whales visiting undersea mountains. Where the Animals Go is a triumph of technology, data science, and design, bringing broad perspective and intimate detail to our understanding of the animal kingdom.--Provided by Publisher.

Purpose & desire : what makes something "alive" and why modern Darwinism has failed to explain it

September 14, 2017
Turner, J. Scott, 1951- author.
xvi, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The pony under the tree -- Biology's second law -- Many little lives -- A clockwork homeostasis -- A mad dream -- The barrier that wasn't -- The reverse Pinocchio -- A multiplicity of memory -- One is the friendliest number -- The hand of whatever -- Plato Street -- Epilogue: Evolution, purpose, and desire.
"SUNY professor, biologist, and physiologist J. Scott Turner argues that modern Darwinism's materialist and mechanistic biases have led to a scientific dead end, unable to define what life is--and only an openness to the qualities of "purpose and desire" will move the field forward. Turner surveys the history of evolutionary thought, identifying "purpose and desire" as the keys to a coherent science of life and its evolution. In Purpose and Desire, Turner draws on the work of Claude Bernard, a contemporary of Darwin revered as the founder of experimental physiology. Turner builds on Bernard's "dangerous idea" of homeostasis, a radical proposition for what makes "life" a unique phenomenon in nature. To fully understand life, including its evolution, Turner argues that we must move beyond strictly enforced boundaries of mechanism and materialism to explore living nature as distinctly purposeful and driven by desire."--Jacket flap.

Our zoo

September 8, 2017
Mottershead, June, 1926- author.
London : Headline, 2014.
276 pages, 32 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
When George Mottershead moved to the village of Upton-by-Chester in 1930 to realise his dream of opening a zoo without bars, his four-year-old daughter June had no idea how extraordinary her life would become. In her enthralling memoir, June Mottershead chronicles the heartbreak, the humor, the trials and triumphs, above all the characters, both human and animal, who shaped her childhood.

Sharks of the shallows : coastal species in Florida and the Bahamas

September 1, 2017
Carrier, Jeffrey C., author.
xii, 195 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Part One. Introduction to sharks and their relatives -- Part Two. Selected shark species -- Part Three. Skates and rays, including sawfish -- Appendix: Sharks, skates, and rays of the world.
Agile, sleek, and precise, sharks display many qualities we can admire and appreciate. These marvels of evolution have adapted to thrive in every major aquatic realm on the planet, from frigid Arctic waters through temperate but stormy seas and on into the tropics. However, few places on Earth are home to the amazing diversity of shark species that beautify the shallow waters of Florida and the Bahamas. In this first-ever book dedicated to the sharks of this region, biologist Jeffrey C. Carrier reveals the captivating lives of these large marine predators and describes how they have survived for over 400 million years. Guiding readers through basic biology, key attributes, and identification tips, the book explores what makes sharks such successful apex predators. Carrier explains fascinating phenomena, including the reason for the bizarre shape of the hammerhead, how a bull shark is able to swim hundreds of miles up freshwater rivers, what lies behind sharks; remarkable capability to learn and remember, and why many scientists believe that they are equipped with the most sophisticated sensory systems in the animal kingdom.

Inheritors of the Earth : how nature is thriving in an age of extinction

August 30, 2017
Thomas, C. D., author.
viii, 300 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Part I. Opportunity. Prologue: Gains and losses ; Biogenesis -- Part II. New Pangea. Prelude ; Fall and rise ; Never had it so good ; Steaming ahead ; Pangea reunited -- Part III. Genesis six. Prelude ; Heirs to the world ; Evolution never gives up ; The Pangean archipelago ; Hybrid -- Part IV. Anthropocene Park. Prelude ; The new natural ; Noah's Earth -- Epilogue: One million years AD.
"It's accepted wisdom today that human beings have permanently damaged the natural world causing extinction, deforestation, pollution, and of course climate change. But in "Inheritors of the Earth", biologist Chris D. Thomas shows that this obscures a more hopeful truth--we're also helping nature grow and change. Human cities and mass agriculture have created new places for enterprising animals and plants to live, and our activities have stimulated evolutionary change in virtually every population of living species. Most remarkably, Thomas shows, humans may well have raised the rate at which new species are formed to the highest level in the history of our planet. Drawing on the success stories of diverse species, from the ochre-coloured comma butterfly to the New Zealand pukeko, Thomas overturns the accepted story of declining biodiversity on Earth. In so doing, he questions why we resist new forms of life, and why we see ourselves as unnatural. Ultimately, he suggests that if life on Earth can recover from the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs, it can survive the onslaughts of a technological age."--Jacket flap.

Colors of fall road trip guide : 25 autumn tours in New England

August 28, 2017
Monkman, Jerry, author.
New York, NY : The Countryman Press, [2017]
224 pages : illustrations, maps, color ; 23 cm
Revised edition of: The colors of fall road trip guide. Woodstock, Vt. : Countryman Press. 2010.
Includes index.

Darwin's backyard : how small experiments led to a big theory

August 28, 2017
Costa, James T., 1963- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.
xviii, 441 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Includes directions for eighteen hands-on experiments, for home, school, yard, or garden."--Jacket flap.
Origins of an experimentiser -- Experimentising: going to seed -- Barnacles to barbs -- Experimentising: doing your barnacles -- Untangling the bank -- Experimentising: a taste for botany -- Buzzing places -- Experimentising: bees' cells and bubbles -- A grand game of chess -- Experimentising: getting around -- The sex lives of plants -- Experimentising: Darwinian encounters of the floral kind -- It bears on design -- Experimentising: orchidelirium -- Plants with volition -- Experimentising: Feed me, Seymour! -- Crafty and sagacious climbers -- Experimentising: Seek and ye shall find -- Earthworm serenade -- Experimentising: Get thee to a wormery.
"James T. Costa takes readers on a journey from Darwin's childhood through his voyage on the HMS Beagle where his ideas on evolution began. We then follow Darwin to Down House, his bustling home of forty years, where he kept porcupine quills at his desk to dissect barnacles, maintained a flock of sixteen pigeon breeds in the dovecote, and cultivated climbing plants in the study, and to Bournemouth, where on one memorable family vacation he fed carnivorous plants in the soup dishes. Using his garden and greenhouse, the surrounding meadows and woodlands, and even taking over the cellar, study, and hallways of his home-turned-field-station, Darwin tested ideas of his landmark theory of evolution with an astonishing array of hands-on experiments that could be done on the fly, without specialized equipment. He engaged naturalists, friends, neighbors, family servants, and even his children, nieces, nephews, and cousins as assistants in these experiments, which involved everything from chasing bees and tempting fish to eat seeds to serenading earthworms. From the experiments' results, he plumbed the laws of nature and evidence for the revolutionary arguments of On the Origin of Species and his other watershed works. Beyond Darwin at work, we accompany him against the backdrop of his enduring marriage, chronic illness, grief at the loss of three children, and joy in scientific revelation. This unique glimpse of Darwin's life introduces us to an enthusiastic correspondent, crowd-sourcer, family man, and, most of all, an incorrigible observer and experimenter."--Jacket flap.

DNA : the story of the genetic revolution

August 22, 2017
Watson, James D., 1928- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
xiv, 487 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 23 cm
"Newly Revised and updated"--Cover.
Beginnings of genetics : from Mendel to Hitler -- The double helix : this is life -- Reading the code : bringing DNA to life -- Playing God : customized DNA molecules -- DNA, dollars, and drugs : biotechnology -- Tempest in a cereal box : genetically modified food -- The human genome : life's screenplay -- Personal genetics : the first of the rest of us -- Reading genomes : evolution in action -- Out of Africa : DNA and the human past -- Genetic fingerprinting : DNA's day in court -- Disease genes : hunting and treating human disease -- Who we are : nature vs. nurture -- Cancer : war without end? -- Coda : our genes and our future.
"James D. Watson, the Nobel laureate whose pioneering work helped unlock the mystery of DNA's structure, charts the greatest scientific journey of our time, from the discovery of the double helix to today's controversies to what the future may hold. Updated to include new findings in gene editing, epigenetics, agricultural chemistry, as well as two entirely new chapters on personal genomics and cancer research. This is the most comprehensive and authoritative exploration of DNA's impact--practical, social, and ethical--on our society and our world"--Provided by publisher.

Cracking the AP biology exam.

August 14, 2017
New York : Random House, Inc., c1997-
v. ; 28 cm.
At head of title: The Princeton Review.


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