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The Hidden Powers of Animals (Reader's Digest) [Hardcover]

Karl P. N. Shuker , Dr Karl Shuker
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Oct 2001 Reader's Digest
Fully illustrated, this text contains up-to-date information based on the most recent scientific research into animal behaviour. It features boxes detailing individual stories of extraordinary animal behaviour.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association (Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762103280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762103287
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 23.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,395,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Karl P.N. Shuker BSc PhD FRES FZS is a zoologist who is internationally recognised as a world expert in cryptozoology, as well as in animal mythology and allied subjects relating to wildlife anomalies and inexplicabilia.

He obtained a BSc (Honours) degree in pure zoology at the University of Leeds (U.K.), and a PhD in zoology and comparative physiology at the University of Birmingham (U.K.). He is now a freelance zoological consultant and writer, living in the West Midlands, England.

The author of 16 books (translated into over a dozen foreign languages) and countless articles, Dr Shuker is also the official life sciences consultant for Guinness World Records, and has acted as a consultant and/or contributor for many other publications and television programmes.

Dr. Shuker appears regularly on television and radio, has served as a question setter for the BBC's cerebral quiz show Mastermind, and has travelled widely throughout the world during the course of his researches. He is a Scientific Fellow of the prestigious Zoological Society of London, a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, a Member of the International Society of Cryptozoology, the Centre for Fortean Zoology, and other wildlife-related organisations, and is also a Member of the Society of Authors.

In 2005, Dr Shuker was honoured by the naming of a new species of loriciferan invertebrate after him - Pliciloricus shukeri.

AUTHOR BIBLIOGRAPHY

Mystery Cats of the World: From Blue Tigers To Exmoor Beasts (Robert Hale: London, 1989)

Extraordinary Animals Worldwide (Robert Hale: London, 1991)

The Lost Ark: New and Rediscovered Animals of the 20th Century (HarperCollins: London, 1993)

Dragons: A Natural History (Aurum: London/Simon & Schuster: New York, 1995; republished Taschen: Cologne, 2006)

In Search of Prehistoric Survivors: Do Giant 'Extinct' Creatures Still Exist? (Blandford: London, 1995)

The Unexplained: An Illustrated Guide to the World's Natural and Paranormal Mysteries (Carlton: London/JG Press: North Dighton, 1996; republished Carlton: London, 2002)

From Flying Toads To Snakes With Wings: From the Pages of FATE Magazine (Llewellyn: St Paul, 1997)

Mysteries of Planet Earth: An Encyclopedia of the Inexplicable (Carlton: London, 1999)

The Hidden Powers of Animals: Uncovering the Secrets of Nature (Reader's Digest: Pleasantville/Marshall Editions: London, 2001)

The New Zoo: New and Rediscovered Animals of the Twentieth Century [fully-updated, greatly-expanded, new edition of The Lost Ark] (House of Stratus Ltd: Thirsk, UK/House of Stratus Inc: Poughkeepsie, USA, 2002)

The Beasts That Hide From Man: Seeking the World's Last Undiscovered Animals (Paraview: New York, 2003)

Extraordinary Animals Revisited: From Singing Dogs To Serpent Kings (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2007)

Dr Shuker's Casebook: In Pursuit of Marvels and Mysteries (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2008)

Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals on Stamps: A Worldwide Catalogue (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2008).

Star Steeds and Other Dreams: The Collected Poems (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2009).

Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo: From the Pages of Fortean Times (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2010).

Consultant and also Contributor:

Man and Beast (Reader's Digest: Pleasantville, New York, 1993)
Secrets of the Natural World (Reader's Digest: Pleasantville, New York, 1993)

Almanac of the Uncanny (Reader's Digest: Surry Hills, Australia, 1995)

The Guinness Book of Records/Guinness World Records (Guinness: London, 1997-present day)

Consultant:

Monsters (Lorenz: London, 2001)

Contributor:

Fortean Times Weird Year 1996 (John Brown Publishing: London, 1996)

Mysteries of the Deep (Llewellyn: St Paul, 1998)

Guinness Amazing Future (Guinness: London, 1999)

The Earth (Channel 4 Books: London, 2000)

Mysteries and Monsters of the Sea (Gramercy: New York, 2001)

Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained (Chambers: Edinburgh, 2007)

Chambers Myths and Mysteries (Chambers: Edinburgh, 2008)

The Fortean Times Paranormal Handbook (Dennis Publishing: London, 2009)

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About the Author

Dr Karl Shuker is an experienced zoologist. He has written many books including In Search of Prehistoric Survivors and Mysteries of Planet Earth. He also regularly contributes to many popular-format and scientific publications, which include The Guinness Book of Records. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The wonders of nature 27 July 2004
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Accessible to all readers, this popular format book is a survey of animal behaviour and a fascinating source of information about the amazing phenomena of nature. It is based on zoological fact, including the latest discoveries and theories. The book includes human interest stories, folklore and legends in the form of features scattered throughout the main text.
The book is divided into 11 chapters; Super Senses deals with infrared vision, ultraviolet vision, ultrasonic haring, infrasonic smell, exotic and multiple senses. Electromagnetic Forces deals with enhanced vision, electromagnetic generation and sensitivity, magnetoperception and earthquake prediction.
Fantastic Journeys looks at bird, insect, fish and mammal migrations, whilst Time Cycles explores circadian, tidal and annual rhythms plus lunar cycles. Other chapters include those on sleep and survival, animal communication, thought power, animal emotions, attack and defence and living together.
The final chapter: Animals As Healers, is particularly interesting in its discussion of animals as herbalists (for example macaws eating soil to obtain kaolin and chimpanzees using aloe leaves), plus animal intoxication, dolphin healing and the benefits of dogs and cats as pets.
Lavish full color illustrations, photographs and maps enhance the text, making The Hidden Powers Of Animals an enjoyable read and a valuable reference work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent go-to book 27 Sep 2010
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This book covers a lot of detailed information without too much jargon, and has some stunning photographs and excellent, simple diagrams. I covered a lot of the content during my Zoology degree but this would be a decent read even for 10 year olds!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The wonders of nature 27 July 2004
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Accessible to all readers, this popular format book is a survey of animal behaviour and a fascinating source of information about the amazing phenomena of nature. It is based on zoological fact, including the latest discoveries and theories. The book includes human interest stories, folklore and legends in the form of features scattered throughout the main text.

The book is divided into 11 chapters; Super Senses deals with infrared vision, ultraviolet vision, ultrasonic haring, infrasonic smell, exotic and multiple senses. Electromagnetic Forces deals with enhanced vision, electromagnetic generation and sensitivity, magnetoperception and earthquake prediction.

Fantastic Journeys looks at bird, insect, fish and mammal migrations, whilst Time Cycles explores circadian, tidal and annual rhythms plus lunar cycles. Other chapters include those on sleep and survival, animal communication, thought power, animal emotions, attack and defence and living together.

The final chapter: Animals As Healers, is particularly interesting in its discussion of animals as herbalists (for example macaws eating soil to obtain kaolin and chimpanzees using aloe leaves), plus animal intoxication, dolphin healing and the benefits of dogs and cats as pets.

Lavish full color illustrations, photographs and maps enhance the text, making The Hidden Powers Of Animals an enjoyable read and a valuable reference work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! 18 Nov 2012
By EcoDesigner - Published on Amazon.com
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This is such a neat book, which really illustrates how incredibly and intricately designed animals are. I remember loving the book "Intelligence in Animals" when I was young. This is like a more comprehensive edition of that book.
5.0 out of 5 stars is in excellent shape and arrived earlier than 30 July 2014
By BETH - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for my 8 year old grandson who repeatedly took it from the library . The book is hardcover, is in excellent shape and arrived earlier than expected
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~Nice~ 6 May 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very nice and interesting book. It tells us almost everything about the hidden powers of the animals
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