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Life Of Mammals by David Attenborough

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320pp h/b

You can almost hear him speak as you read it!

Yet another wonderful book!

A perfect gift for anyone from 10 upwards!

There are over 4500 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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