Animals of a Bygone Era

Animals of a Bygone Era
Author: Maja Säfström
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Total Pages: 114
Release: 2017-04-04
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 0399578528

A beautifully illustrated collection of fascinating, surprising, and funny facts about extinct animals. In the past, amazing and strange animals roamed the earth, including giant sea scorpions, tiny horses, enormous sloths, and fierce "terror birds." These and many more fantastic extinct animals are illustrated in this whimsical collection by Swedish artist Maja Säfström.

The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts

The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts
Author: Maja Säfström
Publisher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2016-03-29
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 1607748320

New York Times bestseller • An artfully playful collection of unexpected and remarkable facts about animals, illustrated by Swedish artist Maja Säfström. Did you know that an octopus has three hearts? Or that ostriches can't walk backward? Or that a group of owls is called a parliament, or that they have three eyelids? Sea otters hold hands in their sleep, bees never sleep, and penguins laugh when they're tickled! This charming compendium contains over 100 pages of fascinating facts about the animal kingdom illustrated with whimsical detail.

All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep

All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep
Author: Crescent Dragonwagon
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 43
Release: 2012-10-02
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 0316230707

My little one, lay down your head.It's time to doze, it's time for bed.You tell me, "I'm not sleepy now.""Just try," I say. You ask me, "How?" In this lyrical animal ABC book, a mother tries to tuck her child in for the night by telling him about all the awake animals that are getting sleepy. From antlered Antelope to zzz-ing Zebra, this alphabet of animals becomes an exquisite celebration of language and nature, just right for lulling even the most wide-awake little ones into a cozy, soothing slumber.

Unusual Creatures

Unusual Creatures
Author: Michael Hearst
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Total Pages: 111
Release: 2012-09-26
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 1452104670

"Introduces the reader to a wealth of extraordinary life forms"-- P. [4] of cover.

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings
Author: Caspar Henderson
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2013-04-10
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 022604470X

From medieval bestiaries to Borges’s Book of Imaginary Beings, we’ve long been enchanted by extraordinary animals, be they terrifying three-headed dogs or asps impervious to a snake charmer’s song. But bestiaries are more than just zany zoology—they are artful attempts to convey broader beliefs about human beings and the natural order. Today, we no longer fear sea monsters or banshees. But from the infamous honey badger to the giant squid, animals continue to captivate us with the things they can do and the things they cannot, what we know about them and what we don’t. With The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Caspar Henderson offers readers a fascinating, beautifully produced modern-day menagerie. But whereas medieval bestiaries were often based on folklore and myth, the creatures that abound in Henderson’s book—from the axolotl to the zebrafish—are, with one exception, very much with us, albeit sometimes in depleted numbers. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings transports readers to a world of real creatures that seem as if they should be made up—that are somehow more astonishing than anything we might have imagined. The yeti crab, for example, uses its furry claws to farm the bacteria on which it feeds. The waterbear, meanwhile, is among nature’s “extreme survivors,” able to withstand a week unprotected in outer space. These and other strange and surprising species invite readers to reflect on what we value—or fail to value—and what we might change. A powerful combination of wit, cutting-edge natural history, and philosophical meditation, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings is an infectious and inspiring celebration of the sheer ingenuity and variety of life in a time of crisis and change.

Animals in the Military

Animals in the Military
Author: John M. Kistler
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 532
Release: 2011-06-16
Genre: History
ISBN:

This book pays tribute to the unrecognized warriors and unsung heroes of human warfare: millions of animals from a surprising variety of species, ranging from rodents to dolphins to llamas. When one thinks of war, armies of soldiers and assaults with bullets and bombs delivered by deadly machinery typically come to mind. Throughout human history, however, animals have also played significant roles in our armed conflicts. In Animals in the Military: From Hannibal's Elephants to the Dolphins of the U.S. Navy, author John M. Kistler examines these contributions, describing the work of animals in human warfare throughout time, from lowly insects to birds to elephants. Drawing on both ancient and modern sources, the book reveals the full scope of heroics and horror committed by—and against—animal warriors in three unique areas: animals in combat, animals in support, and animals in incidental and experimental roles. Each chapter describes a single species, chronologically recounting its fascinating place in human warfare over time, from insects used as stinging projectiles to message-delivering pigeons.

The Magnificent Book of Extinct Animals

The Magnificent Book of Extinct Animals
Author: Barbara Taylor
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2022-03-15
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 1681887371

Animals of every size and variety have disappeared from our planet for eons--most recently due to humans--but they can still be seen and known. Each entry includes full color illustration, Latin name, statistics, reasons they died out, and interesting facts about these animals which used to roam the Earth.

The Animal Book

The Animal Book
Author: Steve Jenkins
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 213
Release: 2013
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 054755799X

Learn some amazing facts relating to over 300 animals.

Lost Animals

Lost Animals
Author: John Whitfield
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
Total Pages: 225
Release: 2020-10-06
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 1588346986

Meet the incredible animals that have disappeared due to competition, mass extinctions, hunting, and human activity. Lost Animals brings back to life some of the most charismatic creatures to inhabit the planet. It captures the imagination with more than 200 incredible photographs, artworks of fossils, and scientific drawings of charming creatures like dodos, paraceratherium (the largest land mammal), spinosaurus (the biggest carnivorous dinosaur), placeoderm fishes (the sharks of their day), and more! Lost Animals is a captivating documentation of evolution and extinction. Each chapter focuses on a specific time in Earth's history, from the Cambrian explosion (the most intense surge of evolution the world has ever experienced) to present times, with profiles of the key species that lived then. From long extinct animals to Lazarus species--animals that were thought to be extinct before being rediscovered--this book takes readers on a journey through Earth's natural history, highlighting the world's biggest animal losses and its moments of conservational hope.