New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

April 29, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Life : the leading edge of evolutionary biology, genetics, anthropology, and environmental science

April 28, 2016
© 2016
xii, 367 pages ; 21 cm
"Edge.Org presents Edward O. Wilson, Richard Dawkins, Freeman Dyson, Matt Ridley, Ray Kurzweil, J. Craig Venter, Daniel Lieberman, and more"--Cover.
Introduction by John Brockman -- Evolvability / Richard Dawkins -- Genomic imprinting / David Haig -- A full-force storm with gale winds blowing / Robert Trivers -- What evolution is / Ernst Mayr (with an introduction by Jared Diamond) -- Genetics plus time / Steve Jones (in conversation with Edge) -- A united biology / E. O. Wilson (with an introduction by Steven Pinker) -- Is life analog or digital? / Freeman Dyson -- Life: what a concept! / Freeman Dyson, J. Craig Venter, George Church, Dimitar Sasselov, Seth Lloyd, Robert Shapiro (in conversation with Edge) -- The gene-centric view: a conversation / Richard Dawkins, J. Craig Venter (with an introduction by John Brockman) -- The nature of normal human variety / Armand Marie Leroi -- Brains plus brawn / Daniel Lieberman -- Mapping the Neanderthal genome / Svante Pääbo -- On biocomputation / J. Craig Venter, Ray Kurzweil, Rodney Brooks -- Engineering biology / Drew Endy -- Eat me before I eat you: a new foe for bad bugs / Kary Mullis -- Duck sex and aesthetic evolution / Richard Prum -- Toxo / Robert Sapolsky -- The adjacent possible / Stuart Kauffman.
"The newest addition to John Brockman's series explores life itself, bringing together the world's leading biologists, geneticists, and evolutionary theorists -- including Richard Dawkins, Edward O. Wilson, J. Craig Venter, and Freeman Dyson. Scientists' understanding of life is progressing more rapidly than at any point in human history, from the extraordinary decoding of DNA to the controversial emergence of biotechnology. Featuring pioneering biologists, geneticists, physicists, and science writers, Life explains just how far we've come -- and takes a brilliantly educated guess at where we're heading. Richard Dawkins and J. Craig Venter compare genes to digital information, and sketch the frontiers of genomic research. Edward O. Wilson reveals what ants can teach us about building a superorganism -- and, in turn, about how cells build an organism. Elsewhere, David Haig reports new findings on how mothers and fathers individually influence the human genome, while Kary Mullis covers cutting edge treatments for dangerous viruses. And there's much more in this fascinating volume. We may never have all the answers. But the thinkers collected in Life are asking questions that will keep us dreaming for generations."--provided by

The bee book

April 28, 2016
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2016.
221 pages : illustrations (mostly color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"Discover the wonder of bees and how to protect them for generations to come"-- Cover.

Sibley birds east : field guide to birds of eastern North America

April 26, 2016
Sibley, David, 1961- author, illustrator.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
xxv, 438 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 20 cm.
Includes index.
"A Scott & Nix edition".
Swans and geese -- Ducks -- Upland game birds -- Loons and grebes -- Tubenoses -- Pelicans, cormorants and allies -- Wading birds -- Hawks and vultures -- Cranes and rails -- Shorebirds -- Gulls -- Terns and skimmers -- Skuas and Jaegers -- Alcids -- Piegons and doves -- Cuckoos -- Owls -- Goatsuckers -- Swifts -- Hummingbirds -- Kingfishers -- Woodpeckers -- Falcons -- Parrots -- Tyrant flycatchers and becard -- Shrikes and vireons -- Jays and crows -- Larks -- Swallows -- Chickadees, nuthatches, and their allies -- Wrens, kinglets, gnatcatchers and bulbuls -- Thrushes and others -- Mimids, starling and mynas -- Pipits, waxwings, silky-flycatcher, and longspurs -- Wood-warblers --True tanagers -- Emberizine sparrows and their allies -- Tanagers, cardinals and buntings -- Icterids -- Finches and old world sparrows.
Indispensable resource for all birders seeking an authoritative and portable guide to the birds of eastern North America.

Sibley birds west : field guide to birds of western North America

April 26, 2016
Sibley, David, 1961- author, illustrator.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
xxv, 477 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 20 cm
Includes indexes.
"A Scott & Nix edition".
Swans and geese -- Ducks -- Upland game birds -- Loons and grebes -- Albatrosses, petrels, and shearwaters -- Storm-petrels -- Pelicans, boobies, and allies -- Cormarants -- Wading birds -- Hawks and vultures -- Gruiformes -- Shorebirds -- Gulls -- Terns and skimmiers -- Jaegers and skua -- Alcids -- Pigeons and doves -- Cuckoos and their allies -- Owls -- Goatsuckers -- Swifts -- Hummingbirds -- Kingfishers and trogons -- Woodpeckers -- Falcons -- Parrots -- Tyrant flycatchers and becard -- Shrikes and vireos -- Jays, crows, and their allies -- Larks -- Swallows -- Chickadees, nuthatches, and their allies -- Wrens -- Gnatcatchers, kinglets, and others -- Thrushes -- Mimids -- Wagtails, pipts, waxwings, silky-flycatchers, starlings, longspurs, and olive warbler -- Wood-warblers -- Emberizine sparrows and their allies -- Tanagers, cardinals, and their allies -- Icterids -- Finches and old world sparrows.
Indispensable resource for all birders seeking an authoritative and portable guide to the birds of western North America.

Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?

April 25, 2016
Waal, F. B. M. de (Frans B. M.), 1948- author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2016.
340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"People often assume a cognitive ladder, from lower to higher forms, with our own intelligence at the top. But what if it is more like a bush, with cognition taking different forms that are often incomparable to ours? Would you presume yourself dumber than a squirrel because you're less adept at recalling the locations of hundreds of buried acorns? Or would you judge your perception of your surroundings as more sophisticated than that of a echolocating bat? De Waal reviews the rise and fall of the mechanistic view of animals and opens our minds to the idea that animal minds are far more intricate and complex than we have assumed"--Dust jacket flap.

Baby birds : an artist looks into the nest

April 13, 2016
Zickefoose, Julie, author, illustrator.
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
xxi, 333 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Carolina wren -- Eastern bluebird -- Tree swallow -- Ruby-throated hummingbird -- Chimney swift -- House sparrow -- Eastern phoebe -- Carolina chickadee -- European starling -- Northern cardinal -- Prothonotary warbler -- Tufted titmouse -- Indigo bunting -- Mourning dove -- House finch -- House wren -- Yellow-billed cuckoo.
Collects over four hundred watercolor paintings depicting the rapid development of seventeen bird species that live at the author's wildlife sanctuary.

One wild bird at a time : portraits of individual lives

April 13, 2016
Heinrich, Bernd, 1940- author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
ix, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Flickers nesting in the house -- A quintet of crows -- Getting to know a starling -- Woodpecker with a drum -- Barred owl talking -- Hawk tablecloths -- Vireo birth control -- Nuthatch home-making -- Blue jays in touch -- Chickadees in winter -- Redpolls tunneling in snow -- Tracking grouse in winter -- Crested flycatcher's nest helpers -- Red-winged blackbirds returning -- Phoebe seasons -- Evening grosbeaks -- Audience to a woodcock.
In One Wild Bird at a Time, Heinrich shares his great love: close, day-to-day observations of individual wild birds. There are countless books on bird behavior, but Heinrich argues that some of the most amazing bird behaviors fall below the radar of what most birds do in aggregate. Heinrich’s passionate observations superbly mix memoir and science and lead to fascinating questions — and sometimes startling discoveries.

The most perfect thing : inside (and outside) a bird's egg

April 13, 2016
Birkhead, T. R., author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
xvi, 288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
"First published in Great Britain in 2016"--Title-page verso.
Climmers and collectors -- Making shells -- The shape of eggs -- Colouring eggs : how? -- Colouring eggs : why? -- Much ado about albumen : the microbe war -- Yolk, ovaries, and fertilisation -- Stupendious love : laying, incubation, and hatching -- Lupton's legacy.
Renowned ornithologist Tim Birkhead uses birds' eggs as wondrous portals into natural history, enlivened by the stories of naturalists and scientists, including Birkhead and his students, whose discoveries have advanced current scientific knowledge of reproduction.

The genius of birds

April 13, 2016
Ackerman, Jennifer, 1959- author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
340 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: The genius of birds -- From dodo to crow : taking the measure of a bird mind -- The bird way : the avian brain revisited -- Boffins : technical wizardry -- Twitter : social savvy -- Four hundred tongues : vocal virtuosity -- The bird artist : aesthetic aptitude -- A mapping mind : spatial (and temporal) ingenuity -- Sparrowville : adaptive genius.
"Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. In fact, according to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. Like humans, many birds have enormous brains relative to their size, although small, bird brains are packed with neurons that allow them to punch well above their weight. The Genius of Birds explores the newly discovered brilliance of birds and how it came about."--provided by publisher.

The California Current : a Pacific ecosystem and its fliers, divers, and swimmers

April 12, 2016
Ulanski, Stan L., 1946- author.
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2016]
xiii, 233 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The bountiful waters -- Sea turtles : living dinosaurs of the ocean -- Seabirds : fliers, gliders, and divers -- Anglers reap the bounty -- Sea otters and pinnipeds -- Cetaceans : whales, porpoises, and dolphins -- Looking for solutions : protecting the California Current ecosystem.

Heart of a lion : a lone cat's walk across America

April 11, 2016
Stolzenburg, William, author.
245 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Map on lining pages.
Black Hills -- Into the void -- The search -- Crossroads -- Attack -- Northbound -- The deer shepherd -- The gold coast -- Resurrection -- Tolerance.
Late one June night in 2011, a large animal collided with an SUV cruising down a Connecticut parkway. William Stolzenburg retraces his two-year journey, from his embattled birthplace in the Black Hills, across the Great Plains and the Mississippi River, through Midwest metropolises and remote northern forests, to his tragic finale upon Connecticut's Gold Coast.

I love mom.

April 7, 2016
Lake Forest, California : QEB Publishing Inc, 2016.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm

Bugs, bees, and other buzzy creatures.

April 6, 2016
New York : DK Publishing, 2016.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
"Full of fun facts and other activities ; projects to make and do"--Cover.

Lab girl

April 4, 2016
Jahren, Hope, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
290 pages ; 25 cm
Roots and Leaves -- Wood and Knots -- Flowers and Fruit.
"An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world,"

The New York Botanical Garden

March 31, 2016
New York : Abrams Inc. 2016.
252 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
In "The New York Botanical Garden", the institution's remarkable history and collections are presented in one magnificent volume. Through hundreds of exquisite photographs and reproductions of rare botanical art, the book celebrates this urban oasis s 125th year as a place of unparalleled beauty in New York City and as an internationally renowned leader in plant research and conservation. This revised edition includes more than 200 new photographs and features added sections that offer in-depth views of the extraordinary plants, spectacular gardens, and award-winning architecture that define the 250-acre landscape. Archival and contemporary photographs beautifully document the Garden s illustrious history and its ongoing development alongside essays that describe the origins and purpose of a botanical garden and provide a fascinating look at the Garden s groundbreaking scientific discoveries since its founding in 1891."

The sting of the wild

March 25, 2016
Schmidt, Justin O., 1947- author.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.
xi, 257 pages, 8 pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Stung -- The stinger -- The origin of stinging insects -- The pain truth -- Sting science -- Sweat bees and fire ants -- Yellowjackets and wasps -- Harvester ants -- Tarantula hawks and solitary wasps -- Bullet ants -- Honey bees and humans: an evolutionary symbiosis.

Bone rooms : from scientific racism to human prehistory in museums

March 18, 2016
Redman, Samuel J., author.
373 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Collecting bodies for science -- Salvaging race and remains -- The medical body on display -- The story of man through the ages -- Scientific racism and museum remains -- Skeletons and human prehistory.
"This book explores human remains as objects for research and display in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Influenced by early skull collectors such as Samuel George Morton, zealous scientists at museums in the United States established human skeletal collections. Museums such as the Smithsonian Institution, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Field Museum of Natural History established their own collections. Universities soon followed, with bones collected for Penn, Berkeley, and Harvard. American Indian remains collected from the American West arrived at museums at an increasingly fervent pace, and the project swiftly became global in scope. Coinciding with a high-water mark in Euro-American colonialism, collecting bones became a unique and evolving expression of colonialism experienced through archaeological, anthropological, and anatomical study of race and the body via work with human remains collections. In revealing this story, The Great Bone Race surveys shifts away from racial classification theories toward emerging ideas regarding human origins, arguing that the study of human remains contributed significantly to changing ideas about race and human history. These ideas were hotly contested, and competition to collect and exhibit rare human remains from around the world thrust ideas about race and history into the public realm through prominent museum displays visited by millions."--Provided by publisher.

Place for frogs

March 15, 2016
Stewart, Melissa
Atlanta, Georgia : Peachtree Publishers, [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 27 cm

The rarest bird in the world : the search for the Nechisar Nightjar

March 15, 2016
Head, Vernon R. L., 1967- author.
New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2016.
243 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Previously published: The search for the rarest bird in the world. -- Auckland Park, South Africa : Jacana, 2014.
Embossed and singing -- Ameseghinalehu Addis -- The bridge of heaven -- Goat sucking -- Travelling like a bird -- Eye of Salala -- Animalcules and everywhereness -- Rara avis -- Feather crown.

Herding Hemingway's Cats : understanding how our genes work

March 10, 2016
Arney, Kat, author.
London, UK ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Sigma, 2016.
288 pages ; 22 cm.
It's all about that base -- It's not what you've got, it's what you do with it that counts -- Taking out the garbage -- A bit of dogma -- Throwing the switch -- The secret's in the blend -- Cats with thumbs -- Fish with hips -- Mice and men and mole rats, oh my! -- Party town -- Pimp my genome -- Cut and paste -- Nature's red pen -- Ever-increasing circles -- Silence of the genes -- Night of the living dead -- On the hop -- Opening a can of wobbly worms -- Everyone's a little bit mutant -- Opening the black box -- Blame the parents -- Meet the Mickey Mouse mice -- In search of the 21st-century gene.


March 9, 2016
Marent, Thomas, photographer.
288 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Introducing butterflies -- Swallowtails -- Skippers -- Whites, sulphers and yellows -- Brush-footed butterflies -- Gossamer-winged butterflies -- Metalmarks -- Butterfly wings -- Butterfly life history -- What butterflies eat -- Butterflies in their environment -- Myriads of moths.
In the text, Orenstein explains the latest scientific discoveries about the world's butterflies and moths. Marent's photographs provide close-up views from delicate browns and skippers to giant birdwings and glittering morphos. You'll discover the answers to many of your questions, from the evolution of color and pattern in butterfly wings to how butterfly populations can survive in a changing world and a warming climate.

Bushmaster : Raymond Ditmars and the hunt for the world's largest viper

February 26, 2016
Eatherley, Dan.
New York : Arcade Publishing, 2015.
xxiv, 303 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Prologue: His unwavering grip -- Working up snakes -- Pleased with a rattler, tickled with its fang -- Silent death of the black night -- The master of snakes -- A snapping turtle in a tin bathtub -- A decided awakening of unbiased interest -- Reptilian deviltry of the world -- A sort of Freemason -- A messy business -- A sympathetic knowledge -- The stage of nature -- A naturalist's paradise -- The main thing is the bushmaster -- Six feet long and vicious -- We can get all we want now -- Epilogue: My happiest hours -- Author's note: Meeting Gloria.
The amazing story of one man's obsession with an enigmatic and deadly reptile. Raymond Ditmars (1876-1942), the first curator of reptiles at New York's famous Bronx Zoo, brought cold-blooded animals to public attention as never before. Through wildly successful books and movies, he inspired a generation of zoologists with his fascination for snakes, insects, and other misunderstood creatures. Ditmars was among the most celebrated naturalists in America. His reptile-collecting trips for the zoo spawned newspaper headlines across the world. Although a serpent lover, he was all too aware of the devastating effects of snakebites and was instrumental in the development of antivenom. His films and writings brought him fame, but he remained a devoted zoo employee, doing what he loved most: caring for animals. Bushmaster tells the story of this remarkable man and what became an obsession with the mysterious bushmaster of the South American rainforest. Measuring up to thirteen feet in length, this is the world's largest viper, and its scientific name, Lachesis muta, translates as silent fate. Despite numerous expeditions to jungles from Honduras to Brazil, Ditmars could never capture a bushmaster for himself. Now, British author Dan Eatherley follows in Ditmars's footsteps, revisiting his early haunts in the United States and South America. He attempts to do what Ditmars himself failed to achieve: to find a bushmaster in the wild. But eighty years later, will Dan have any more luck? Through the author's own quest, Bushmaster reveals the life of a pioneer herpetologist, wildlife filmmaker, and zoo curator.

Whales, dolphins, & porpoises : a natural history and species guide

February 23, 2016
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2015]
288 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 x 29 cm
Introduction -- The biology -- Identification tools & maps -- The species directory -- Appendices. Classification of cetaceans ; Glossary ; Resources ; Notes on contributors ; Index ; Acknowledgments.
The eighty-nine cetacean species that swim our seas and rivers are as diverse as they are intelligent and elusive, from the hundred-foot-long, two-hundred-ton blue whale to the lesser-known tucuxi, ginkgo-toothed beaked whale, and diminutive, critically endangered vaquita. The huge distances these highly migratory creatures cover and the depths they dive mean we catch only the merest glimpses of their lives as they break the surface of the water. But thanks to the marriage of science and technology, we are now beginning to understand their anatomy, complex social structures, extraordinary communication abilities, and behavioral patterns. In this beautifully illustrated guide, renowned marine mammalogist Annalisa Berta draws on the contributions of a pod of fellow whale biologists to present the most comprehensive, authoritative overview ever published of these remarkable aquatic mammals. --Publisher.

The Serengeti rules : the quest to discover how life works and why it matters

February 23, 2016
Carroll, Sean B., author.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016]
263 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Introduction : Miracles and wonder -- Everything is regulated -- The wisdom of the body -- The economy of nature -- The logic of life -- General rules of regulation -- Fat, feedback, and a miracle fungus -- Stuck accelerators and broken brakes -- The Serengeti rules -- Some animals are more equal than others -- Serengeti logic -- Another kind of cancer -- Take 60 million walleye and call us in ten years -- Resurrection -- Afterword : Rules to live by.
"How does life work? How does nature produce the right numbers of zebras and lions on the African savanna, or fish in the ocean? How do our bodies produce the right numbers of cells in our organs and bloodstream? In [this book], ... Sean Carroll tells the stories of the pioneering scientists who sought the answers to such simple yet profoundly important questions, and shows how their discoveries matter for our health and the health of the planet we depend upon"--Dust jacket flap.

Restless creatures : the story of life in ten movements

February 22, 2016
Wilkinson, Matt, 1975- author.
New York : Basic Books, [2016]
vii, 308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Just put one foot in front of the other -- Two legs good -- Leaps of faith -- Go-faster stripe -- The improbable invasion -- A winning formula -- Brain and brawn -- Give it a rest -- Exodus -- Locomotive souls.
Most of us never think about how we get from one place to another. For most people, putting one foot in front of the other requires no thought at all. Yet the fact that we and other species are able to do so is one of the great triumphs of evolution. To truly understand how life evolved on Earth, it is crucial to understand movement. This is a bold new argument that the true story of evolution is the story of locomotion, from the first stirrings of bacteria to the amazing feats of Olympic athletes.


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