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Hayward, Kate.
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., [2003]

Physical Description:
216 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
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Includes index.
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With over 500 stunning, full-color photos, this continent-by-continent guide is a celebration of a most successful animal group. More than just a species-by-species account, "Mammal" explains when, where, how, and why the unique diversity of mammals came about.

Author Notes

Steve Parker is a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society
Chris Norris is Director of Collections and Archives in the Paleontology Department at the American Museum of Natural History

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Fur-bearing animals that produce milk for their young, mammals are endlessly fascinating to us--because we are mammals, too. In a nice collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, editor Wilson organizes an excellent overview of the world's mammals. Following an introductory chapter that explores the scientific definition of mammals, their evolution, and their classification, the book takes a geographic approach in its survey. Beginning with the continent of Africa, home of the earliest known mammals, the text travels to North America, South America, Australasia, Asia, Europe, and, finally, the oceans. Evolution and essential facts about each continent (size, climate, geographical features) are covered in sidebars, and a map showing habitat types is featured. Interesting tidbits about various mammal species are highlighted in boxes, sidebars, and photo captions. The emphasis in the text is on the adaptations of mammals, providing a nice complement to the more traditional species-by-species approach. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful photographs, this is an excellent choice for all libraries. --Nancy Bent Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr all levels‘Spectacular cinematography and fascinating factoids are combined to produce this fast-paced, attention-grabbing nature series that manages to pack a great deal of information into each 30-minute episode. Moving from pre-history to mythology and legend to the latest scientific discoveries, each program covers the gamut of its subject, not in-depth but in breadth. The signature Dorling-Kindersley technique of photographing and filming against a white background and using brilliant color is a visual delight. The filming techniques of zooming and angling, closeups and panoramas, even using the lens as an element by bouncing an acorn from a tree on it or splashing it with droplets of water, keep the eye focused on the subject, while the narrative describes exactly what is being viewed onscreen, allowing viewers to easily absorb the information. Martin Sheen's soothing voice is calm and clear, giving the illusion of unhurried pacing. The episodes on habitats, such as Arctic & Antarctic, Desert, Pond & River, and Seashore include information on how they came to be formed; the plants and animals inhabiting them; and the effects of wind, rain, and other elements on them. The videos on animals, including Ape, Butterfly & Moth, Shell and Mammal have wonderful footage of these creatures in their own settings. At the conclusion of each episode, "The Making of..." explains how certain effects were created. None of these videos discuss the deleterious effect that humans have had on each of these subjects or the problems of environmental pollution. While that is not the purpose of these programs, which show the beauty of nature unspoiled, perhaps a warning that this beauty can be destroyed so easily would not be amiss here. Overall, the quality of the entire series is consistently excellent.-Judith McMahon, Oak Lawn Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

The mammal worldp. 6
Making sense of mammalsp. 8
The evolution of mammalsp. 12
The mammals diversifyp. 14
Mammal sensesp. 16
Flying mammalsp. 18
Furry coatsp. 20
Hiding in the openp. 22
A spiny coatp. 24
Designs for defensep. 26
What is a tail for?p. 28
An early birthp. 30
Fast breedersp. 32
Nine livesp. 34
Unique to mammalsp. 36
Growing upp. 38
The game of lifep. 40
Keeping cleanp. 44
How to deal with a mealp. 48
Grippers and grindersp. 50
Food for laterp. 52
At home in a nestp. 54
Life undergroundp. 56
How many toes?p. 58
Tracks and trailsp. 60
Mammal detectivep. 62
Did you know?p. 64
Mammal classificationp. 66
Find out morep. 68
Glossaryp. 70
Indexp. 72

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