Item description for Smithsonian Handbooks: Mammals (Smithsonian Handbooks) by Juliet Clutton-Brock & Dorling Kindersley Publishing...
Overview Lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs, this latest addition to the Smithsonian Handbook series is filled with in-depth descriptions, fascinating facts, and annotated profiles of more than five hundred species of animals throughout the world.
Publishers Description The most visually appealing guides to the natural world that one can buy. Packed with superb full-color photography, detailed descriptions, and highlights of key facts, Mammals is the latest addition to the Smithsonian Handbook series. Including more than 500 profiles each with its own spread, there isn't a more reliable identification guide on the market.
Citations And Professional Reviews Smithsonian Handbooks: Mammals (Smithsonian Handbooks) by Juliet Clutton-Brock & Dorling Kindersley Publishing has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
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Studio: DK ADULT
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Mar 13, 2002
Publisher DK Adult
ISBN 0789484048 ISBN13 9780789484048 UPC 635517084047
Availability 0 units.
More About Juliet Clutton-Brock & Dorling Kindersley Publishing
Juliet Clutton-Brock is a Research Associate of the Department of Zoology at the Natural History Museum in London and Associate Editor of "Archives of Natural History."
Juliet Clutton-Brock has an academic affiliation as follows - Natural History Museum, London.
Reviews - What do customers think about Smithsonian Handbooks: Mammals (Smithsonian Handbooks)?
One of my favourites! Apr 4, 2006
While this book is certainly not comprehensive (especially in regards to the rodents and bats), it has hundreds of crisp, clear photos. The descriptions for each species is brief, but there are still many interesting facts to learn from the text. I bought this book mainly for its value as a photographic reference (I'm a visual artist) and becaus I particularly love small mammals and this book has plenty of animals that even I wasn't totally familiar with. My only complaint about this book is the sort of briefness of it; I honestly think they could have squeezed in a few more species, but they did manage to get most of the important ones, and I believe all of the families are at least represented. This is a great book for both kids who like to look at pictures and learn about animals and for adults who appreciate the wonders of nature.
Excellent Guide for Mammal Enthusiasts Feb 21, 2006
I highly recommend this book as a photo-encyclopedic guide to mammals for children, students and adults who have a general interest in mammals. My review for this book is based on its use as an educational reference guide, not as a guide that one would carry with them out in the field. (It might be suitable for that use, but I am not qualified to review it in that manner.) We use this guide with our son, and I have given it as a gift to children interested in mammals, after looking at all of the top mammal guides listed on this site and in Borders.
The key selling point for me is the 1000+ close-up color pictures of more than 450 species in the handbook. Every entry has at least one picture. The text is concise and informative. The book starts with informative introductory sections with excellent explanatory text and photos on "What is a Mammal", "Evolution", "Diversity", "Anatomy", "Reproduction", "Social Groups", "Sense and Communication", "Locomotion", "Feeding", "Desert Mammals", "Grassland Mammals", "Forest Mammals", "Polar and Mountain Mammals", "Aquatic Mammals", "Watching Mammals", "Threatened Mammals","Conservation", "Mammals and Humans", and "Classification"
The book covers the 21 different orders that make up the class Mammalia. Within each of these orders, individual species entries are arranged according to the family they belong to. Each entry includes the following information: scientific family name, scientific name of species, common name of species, common name of order, current population status of species in the wild, map of area or areas where species may be found, food eaten by species, average number of young, gestation period, social grouping of species, details of appearance and behavior, body size, tail length, weight in imperial and metric units, information on distribution and habits, photograph of species with annotations pointing out specific features.
The book is engaging, easy to use, and captivates the user. It will satisfy the mammal enthusiast and provide many hours of exploration. Having looked at all the other top name brand guides, I think that a hobbyist or mammal tracker might find it a bit glitzy, as opposed to a detailed field guide. But it certainly deserves a place on the shelf for mammals enthusiasts. It is suitable for young children (who can flip through, find a picture, and have the information read to them), students and adults.
get them all Sep 30, 2005
these books are the very best if you want accuracy,i plan to have the entire collection of them by years end.
Extraordinary book Mar 5, 2005
I looked for this kind of book my whole life, I think. It includes all the less-known species that most books avoid because they are "too exotic", such as olingo, but also the species found in familiar areas around home (wood mice, water vole), so you can see that your region is an important part of the world. For a book of this size, it basically has everything in it. Of course, volumes can be told about each of the species, but this is the most comprehensive work on mammals of the world, packed into a medium-sized volume, that I have ever seen.