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Of Mammalsby David Attenborough
There are over
mammal species alive today. Many will not be entirely
clear about what it is that makes a mammal rather than a reptile or bird,
apart from egg laying. But then what about egg-laying mammals such as the
platypus and echidna? The Life of Mammals describes and illustrates
the remarkable diversity of mammals from the giant blue whale to the
miniscule pigmy shrew. The cachet of David Attenborough's name and
distinctive voice comes through clearly from the text and there's a
stunning selection of photographs, by the best wildlife photographers in
the world. The Life of Mammals is worth getting even if you just
like wildlife pictures, for there are many here that you will not have
seen before - the Brazilian tapir, the hairy rhino of Sumatra, the Pyrenean
desman and more.
Attenborough makes good stories out of what, in other hands, can be rather dry science. He
cleverly weaves much of the evolutionary success story of mammals over the 65 million years since the dinosaurs
died out. Because of all the research behind the TV
programmes, he is up to speed on the scientific
developments in our understanding of our biologically nearest relatives. This
is especially true when he covers our closest primate cousins - the apes. All the recent
discoveries about tool use and culture are included too.
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