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Deer of the world : their evolution, behaviour, and ecology
Geist, Valerius.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Mechanicsburg, Pa. : Stackpole Books, 1998.
Physical Description:
vii, 421 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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QL737.U55 G418 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Deer of the World tells the fascinating story of how the family Cervidae has evolved over the past 30 million years and how its adaptations have made it one of the most successful mammals in the world today. Here Dr Valerius Geist combines over 40 years of firsthand research with information from English, German, and Russian sources both published and unpublished to form the most comprehensive, up-to-date volume available on deer evolution, behaviour, and ecology. Since prehistory, deer have flourished in nearly every habitat, from desert to forest, from topics to tundra and have left a fossil record of dramatic earlier forms. As glaciers and humans altered the earth's landscape, deer adapted. Deer of the World defines the body types of both past and present species, revealing how they avoid predation, whether they prefer dense vegetation or open plains habitat, whether their numbers are limited by resources or predators, and how well-suited they are to their environments.

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Booklist Review

The popularity of deer should never be underestimated. There are already many books about deer, but more continue to appear, with each approaching the subject in its own distinct way. These two volumes are a prime example of the diversity and scope of the subject. Deer of the World is one of the most complete and up-to-date references on the entire deer family. It provides details and concise information on the evolution, breeding habits, reproduction, antipredator strategies, social behavior patterns, dominance displays, and an ecology analysis of both Old World and New World deer. Included in this study are red deer, roe deer, white-tailed deer, moose, reindeer, caribou, and more. The development of individual species is traced from prehistory to the present, and their unique adaptations are examined. The illustrations are all line drawings designed to illustrate the information detailed in the text. It is a work that will appeal more to the serious students of these animals than to the casual reader. Moose is primarily a photo study celebrating the largest living member of the deer family and examining its place in the ecosystem. Although the text is authoritative and covers in general most aspects of this majestic animal, its primary noteworthiness is in the 80 stunning color photographs by the acclaimed nature photographer and author. A closeup view of these legendary and formidable creatures is presented in a most graphic manner, with captions that explain the exciting personal stories behind the taking of each of the photos. A thorough index and extensive bibliography are provided. The appeal of this volume will be to those who enjoy nature and wildlife, especially campers, hikers, and nature photographers. --Fred Egloff