New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

December 18, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Tricholomas of North America : a mushroom field guide

December 17, 2014
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2013.
viii, 208 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
The genus Tricholoma -- Ecology of tricholomas -- Edibility of tricholomas -- Macroscopic features used for identifying tricholomas -- Microscopic features used for identifying tricholomas -- Notes on the descriptions of species -- A note about names -- Species not included in this book -- Keys to the described species -- Keys for eastern North America -- Keys for western North America -- Descriptions of species -- Recognized species -- Some additional tricholomas -- Excluded species.

The world of birds

December 16, 2014
Elphick, Jonathan, author.
©2014
608 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm
"First published by the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London"--Title page verso.
Introduction -- Early birds -- Anatomy and physiology -- Flight -- Food and feeding -- Bird society and populations -- Breeding -- Where do birds live? -- Migration -- Birds and humans -- The bird families.
A definitive guide to every aspect of bird life. From the evolution of birds to each significant element of bird life, you'll discover an introduction to the 32 orders, and a detailed account and concise fact panel for every one of the 195 families.

Blue hope : exploring and caring for earth's magnificent ocean

December 16, 2014
Earle, Sylvia A., 1935-
©2014
222 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm
This lyrical ode to the ocean marries the insights and inspiration of ocean advocate Sylvia Earle, and other experts and celebrities, with the world's most stunning photographs of beaches, coral reefs, and underwater life. All combine to express Earle's passionate message: Life depends on the ocean, and to save it we must love it. In seven essays, she recounts the milestones of a life spent pioneering and protecting the ocean. Supporting facts and maps bolster this book's clear and hopeful message: We can all play a role in keeping the heart of our planet alive.

Trees of western North America

December 11, 2014
Spellenberg, Richard, author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
560 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 22 cm.
Includes index.
Covers 630 species, presents all the native and naturalized trees of the western United States and Canada as far east as the Great Plains, illustrates important visual details with range maps that provide a thumbnail view of distribution for each native species; gives scientific and common names, taxonomy, information on the most recently naturalized species, and also contains a key to leaves, an introduction to tree identification, forest ecology, and plant classification and structure.

The cultural lives of whales and dolphins

December 9, 2014
Whitehead, Hal, author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
417 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Culture in the ocean? -- Culture? -- Mammals of the ocean -- Song of the whale -- What the dolphins do -- Mother cultures of the large toothed whales -- How do they do it? -- Is this evidence for culture? -- How the whales got culture -- Whale culture and whale genes -- The implications of Culture: ecosystems, individuals, stupidity, and conservation -- The cultural whales: how we see them and how we treat them -- This book came from and is built on...

Welcome to subirdia : sharing our neighborhoods with wrens, robins, woodpeckers, and other wildlife

December 8, 2014
Marzluff, John M., author.
©2014
xiv, 303 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Home turf -- Finding subirdia -- A child's question -- A shared web -- The fragile nature of subirdia -- Where we work and play -- The junco's tail -- Beyond birds -- Good neighbors -- Nature's tenth commandment.

Trees of Eastern North America

December 5, 2014
Nelson, Gil, 1949- author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
720 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Includes index.
Covers 825 species, including all the native and naturalized trees of the United States and Canada as far west as the Great Plains. Descriptions present details of size, shape, growth habit, bark, leaves, flowers, fruit, flowering and fruiting times, habitat, and range maps for native species, as well as specially commissioned artwork, up-to-date taxonomy and names, information on the most recently naturalized species, keys to leaves and twigs, and an introduction to tree identification, forest ecology, and plant classification and structure.

Adventures in the anthropocene : a journey to the heart of the planet we made

December 4, 2014
Vince, Gaia.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2014.
436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm

Ancient trees : portraits of time

December 4, 2014
Moon, Beth, author.
New York : Abbeville Press Publishers, [2014]
104 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Provides a photographic guide to some of the world's most ancient trees, featuring seventy portraits of such species as yews, baobabs, and dragon's blood trees.

The secret life of clams : the mysteries and magic of our favorite shellfish

December 2, 2014
Fredericks, Anthony D., author.
©2014
xvii, 286 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
History and Lore. Leonardo and ancient clam history ; Secrets in the middens ; Bivalve legends ; Clams as culture -- Nomenclature and biology. By any other name ; Anatomy and physiology ; Sex among the bivalves ; Growing up, growing old -- Business and pleasure. It came from beneath the sea ; Clams in your back yard ; Low tide, clam rakes, and education ; They're good for you! ; Culinary odysseys and epicurean journeys ; Recipes to die for -- Appendix 1. Clams that fly.
It breathes with tubes, it has no head or brain, it feeds through a filter, and it is the source of dozens of familiar proverbs ("happy as a clam!"). Clams, it turns out, have been worshipped (by the Moche people of ancient Peru), used as money (by the Algonquin Indians), and consumed by people for thousands of years. Yet The Secret Life of Clams is the first adult trade book to deal exclusively with this gastronomic treat that is more complex than its simple two shells might reveal. The Secret Life of Clams features compelling insights, captivating biology, wry observations, and up-to-the-minute natural history that will keep readers engaged and enthralled.

Sex on earth : a celebration of animal reproduction

November 26, 2014
Howard, Jules.
London : Sigma, 2014.
272 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.

Behold the beautiful dung beetle

November 21, 2014
Bardoe, Cheryl, 1971-
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, 2014.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm

Ocean : a photicular book

November 19, 2014
Kaufmann, Carol, author.
New York : Workman Publishing, [2014]
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Text runs parallel to spine.
Via a process that uses lenticular technology, sliding lenses, and original four-color video imagery, provides an introduction to various marine animals whose images appear to move.

The wild cat book

November 13, 2014
Sunquist, Fiona, author.
©2014
v, 268 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Panthera lineage. Lion ; Jaguar ; Tiger ; Snow leopard ; Leopard ; Clouded leopard -- Bay cat lineage. Bay cat ; Marbled cat ; Asiatic golden cat -- Caracal lineage. Serval ; Caracal ; African golden cat -- Ocelot lineage. Ocelot ; Margay ; Geoffroy's cat ; Guina ; Andean cat ; Oncilla ; Pampas cat -- Lynx lineage. Eurasian lynx ; Iberian lynx ; Canada lynx ; Bobcat -- Puma lineage. Cheetah ; Puma ; Jaguarundi -- Leopard cat lineage. Pallas's cat ; Fishing cat ; Leopard cat ; Flat-headed cat ; Rusty-spotted cat -- Domestic cat lineage. Domestic cat ; Black-footed cat ; Wildcats ; Sand cat ; Jungle cat.

Animal weapons : the evolution of battle

November 11, 2014
Emlen, Douglas John, 1967-
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
xiii, 270 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Extremes -- Starting small. Camouflage and armor ; Teeth and claws ; Claspers, graspers, and giant jaws -- Triggering the race. Competition ; Economic defensibility ; Duels -- Running its course. Costs ; Reliable signal ; Deterrence ; Sneaks and cheats ; End of the race -- Parallels. Castles of sand and stone ; Ships, planes, and states ; Mass destruction.

Mosquito handbook : an entertaining, fact-filled look at the dreaded pesky bloodsuckers

November 5, 2014
Ortler, Brett, author.
©2014
144 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm

Native fishes of Ohio

November 4, 2014
Rice, Daniel L., author.
©2014
xiv, 113 pages : color illustrations; 26 cm
Lampreys : living fossils -- Paddlefish, sturgeons, gars, and more: primitive and unique species -- Minnows, chubs and dace : life in a linear environment -- Shiners : exploiting a niche -- Suckers : swimming against the current -- Catfish : night stalkers -- Sticklebacks, musminnows, pirate perch, and others: life in small places -- Sunfish and bass : metallic iridescence -- Darters : a rainbow of colors -- Fish of lentic habitats: Lake erie -- Aliens: introduced species.

Undeniable : evolution and the science of creation

November 4, 2014
Nye, Bill.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
viii, 309 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"Sparked by a controversial debate in February 2014, Bill Nye has set off on an energetic campaign to spread awareness of evolution and the powerful way it shapes our lives. In Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, he explains why race does not really exist; evaluates the true promise and peril of genetically modified food; reveals how new species are born, in a dog kennel and in a London subway; takes a stroll through 4.5 billion years of time; and explores the new search for alien life, including aliens right here on Earth. With infectious enthusiasm, Bill Nye shows that evolution is much more than a rebuttal to creationism; it is an essential way to understand how nature works--and to change the world. It might also help you get a date on a Saturday night."

Woodpeckers of the world : a photographic guide

November 3, 2014
Gorman, Gerard, author.
©2014
528 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm

Hummingbirds

November 3, 2014
Orenstein, Ronald I. (Ronald Isaac), 1946- author.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, 2014.
256 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
"A visual feast of beautiful images and a comprehensive natural history of a unique and remarkable bird family."--P. [4] of cover.

The invisible history of the human race : how DNA and history shape our identities and our futures

October 29, 2014
Kenneally, Christine, author.
©2014
xi, 355 pages ; 24 cm
Ideas about what is passed down are passed down. Do not ask what gets passed down ; The history of family history ; The worst idea in history ; The Reich Genealogical Authority -- What is passed down? Silence ; Information ; Ideas and feelings ; The small grains of history ; DNA + culture ; Chunks of DNA ; The politics of DNA ; The history of the world -- How what is passed down shapes bodies and minds. The past is written on your face : DNA, traits, and what we make of them ; The past may not make you feel better : DNA, history, and health.
"How biology, psychology, and history shape us as individuals. We are doomed to repeat history if we fail to learn from it, but how are we affected by the forces that are invisible to us? In The Invisible History of the Human Race, Christine Kenneally draws on cutting-edge research to reveal how both historical artifacts and DNA tell us where we come from and where we may be going. While some books explore our genetic inheritance and popular television shows celebrate ancestry, this is the first book to explore how everything from DNA to emotions to names and the stories that form our lives are all part of our human legacy. Kenneally shows how trust is inherited in Africa, silence is passed down in Tasmania, and how the history of nations is written in our DNA. From fateful, ancient encounters to modern mass migrations and medical diagnoses, Kenneally explains how the forces that shaped the history of the world ultimately shape each human who inhabits it"--Provided by publisher.

Animal stories : encounters with Alaska's wildlife

October 28, 2014
Sherwonit, Bill, 1950- author.
Portland, Oregon : Alaska Northwest Books, 2014.
274 pages ; 23 cm

In search of lost frogs : the campaign to rediscover the world's rarest amphibans

October 27, 2014
Moore, Robin (Photographer), author.
©2014
256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 26 cm
Foreword / by George Meyer -- Prologue -- Spawning a passion -- The great disappearing act -- The smoking gun -- The grand curtain of life -- Lazarus frogs -- The search for lost frogs -- The thin line between life and death -- In search of the Mesopotamia beaked toad, Colombia -- Lost and found -- Lost frogs in the land of the living dead, Haiti -- Lost! : amphibians of India -- Most wanted, still lost -- In search of the Hula painted frog, Israel -- In search of the variable harlequin frog, Costa Rica -- Second chances -- The song of the spadefoot -- The last word -- Expeditions in search of lost frogs.

Creatures of the deep : in search of the sea's monsters and the world they live in

October 22, 2014
Hoyt, Erich, author.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books Ltd., 2014.
288 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 29 cm
In this updated and expanded edition of Creatures of the Deep, award winning nature and science writer Erich Hoyt gives readers a glimpse of the amazing variety of creatures found in the deepest parts of the ocean. Weaving together details from the latest scientific research about sharks, giant squid, dragonfish, huge tube worms, clams and tiny microbes of the deep sea vents, Hoyt embarks on a magical journey roaming across the abyssal plains and descending into deep sea trenches more than 20,000 feet down. Hoyt unravels the complex predator-prey relationships, from "killer" copepods to battles between giant squid and sperm whales, presenting compelling portraits of animals that are superbly adapted denizens of a dark high pressure world. There are life forms, independent of sunlight and photosynthesis, which flourish around the hot, sulfurous deep sea vents in the magnificent rift valley of the mid ocean ridge, the world's longest mountain range. Surviving in conditions that appear to be close to the very soup of primordial Earth, these microbes have become the basis for the latest research into Earth's origins. Fully illustrated with fantastic underwater imagery.

Tales from Gombe

October 22, 2014
Shah, Anup, 1949- author, photographer.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books Ltd., 2014.
324 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 29 x 35 cm
"First published by the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD"--Title page verso.
The F, G, and T dynasties -- Fifi's boys : Freud vs. Frodo -- The struggle for power -- Kris, Fanni and others -- The new order -- Strange happenings in the G Dynasty -- More bizarre events in the G Dynasty -- The rise of the S Dynasty -- The minor dynasties and the immigrants -- The ones we lost -- The male hierarchy.

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