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The Book of Naturalists : An Anthology of the Best Natural History - William Beebe

The Book of Naturalists

An Anthology of the Best Natural History

By: William Beebe (Editor)

Paperback Published: 21st April 1988
ISBN: 9780691024080
Number Of Pages: 520

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Anyone curious about animals, nature, or the history of biology will find much of interest in this ample and varied collection. Reflecting his infectious enthusiasm for "the best natural history," Beebe's personal assortment of favorites includes excerpts from massive sources, such as Audubon and Darwin, and intriguing pieces from lesser known authors most of us would not normally encounter. Arranged in chronological order, the small masterpieces here range from Aristotle to Rachel Carson. Each of them is introduced by an incisive and sometimes humorous description of its author.

"This is an anthology with a fine sense of history... there is a timelessness to many of its selections."--Washington Post Book World

Introductionp. 3
Cave Paintings from the Stone Agep. 11
Fishing-Frogs, Cuckoos, and Other Thingsp. 12
Disagreements between Elephants and Dragons; The Birth of Pearlsp. 19
The Whalep. 24
The Migration of Birdsp. 26
The Rhinoceros and the Mousep. 30
"Little Animals"p. 35
Why Ants Have Wingsp. 39
From Bats and Manatees to Cats and Camelsp. 45
Concerning Birds, Bats, and a Tortoisep. 47
The Rattle Snakep. 54
Jungle Riverp. 59
The Slothp. 62
The Wild Turkeyp. 68
The Pondp. 73
Introductionp. 87
From Bahia and the Galapagos to the Origin of Speciesp. 94
Mimicry, and Other Protective Resemblances among Animalsp. 106
The Aims of an Expeditionp. 122
On a Piece of Chalkp. 131
Driver Antsp. 151
Patagonian Memoriesp. 160
The Water Ouzelp. 187
The Swarmp. 197
Tribulations of a Naturalist and The Courtship of the Scorpionp. 213
Foreword to A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open, and On an East African Ranchp. 234
About Tadpolesp. 243
The Termitodoxa, or Biology and Societyp. 250
Penguinsp. 263
Old Friends in New Placesp. 283
Chagolap. 291
Foxes, Owls, and Polar Bearsp. 308
Elephant Friends and Foesp. 314
The Migration of Elephantsp. 334
Mammoths in the Fleshp. 335
The Sea Otterp. 341
The Tomb of the Pearlp. 345
Two Livesp. 355
The Emergence of the Half-Menp. 363
Looking Forwardp. 375
The Uniqueness of Manp. 395
The Big Almendrop. 417
The Ties that Bindp. 427
The Seeds of Life and The Sleep of the Seedp. 441
Playboys of the Western Worldp. 455
In Defense of Octopusesp. 465
Odyssey of the Eelp. 478
Selected Biographical Materialp. 497
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ISBN: 9780691024080
ISBN-10: 0691024081
Series: Princeton Paperbacks
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 520
Published: 21st April 1988
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.61