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Tetrapod Zoology Book One [Paperback]

Steve Backshall , Darren Naish
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3 Aug 2010 190572361X 978-1905723614
B logging has revolutionised the way we communicate our interests and spread news. This book is a compilation of various articles from the blog, Tetrapod Zoology(currently hosted at www.scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology). As of early 2010,Tet Zoo - as it's affectionately known - is in its fifth year. It's become reasonably popular (it has a daily readership of several thousand) and is now well known internationally. Or, it is, at least, among people interested in zoology and in scientific blogging. Welcome to the world of Tet Zoo: mphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals(the tetrapods), living and fossil. Their evolution, ecology, behaviour and biology. Think killer eagles, dinosaurs, giant caimans, mystery cats and lake monsters.


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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: cfz (3 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190572361X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905723614
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 23 x 15.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 914,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and enlightening - a must buy! 18 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
Dr Darren Naish makes science interesting - really, he does!
As a fellow reviewer mentions, he runs one of the most fascinating blogs on the Internet, holding forth on a range of zoological and paleontological subjects and sharing his own original ideas and insights.
This book offers up a selection of some of Naish's most popular posts from the early days of his blog, Tetrapod Zoology.
I recently read this book cover to cover while camping in the jungle (the irony didn't escape me - reading a book of blog posts in a place with no computer, let alone Internet connection!).
Not only did the series of enlightening essays keep me enraptured while tropical storms raged, making hiking impossible, I picked up some fantastic further reading recommendations - Naish has excellent taste in books!
I would definitely recommend Tetrapod Zoology Booke One - and can't wait for Books Two, Three, Four and Five or however many other companion volumes are issued.
Well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Endlessly illuminating and entertaining 8 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
Tetrapod Zoology Book One is exactly what it says it is -- a compilation and distillation of articles from author Darren Naish's outstanding blog of the same name. Within the broad field of Natural History, Naish's range of interest is astonishing, and his erudition humbling: I doubt anyone reading this book could come away without having learned something new from each chapter, even if it's on their own speciality. What's impressive is that Naish so successfully walks the line between "popular" and "technical" writing, so that the prose is easily comprehensible to an intelligent layman, but still precise enough to satisfy specialists. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tetrapod Zoology 8 Oct 2010
By Valarie Roddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found Tetrapod Zoology in 2006, my senior year of high school. Naish's enthusiasm for the subject that titles his blog was contagious and I soon found myself perusing through my previously dusty childhood collection of ZooBooks with a rekindled fascination of the animal world and have gone so far as to work on a Bachelor's degree in animal biology.

This book represents the first year of Tetrapod Zoology. The 46 chapters are a couple of pages each and individually represent a single blog post. While the text of each chapter is the same as the original 2006 blog, the author has provided updates in the books introduction.

The conversational style of a blog does seem strange to read in the pages of a book, but makes the author seem generally more personable. The book covers a wide breadth of subjects (anything relating to animals descended from a four legged common ancestor appears to be fair game) and should be fascinating for anybody with a love of the natural world.

Obviously most of this material can be viewed online for free, but the sheer volume of material alone justifies the purchase of it in the format of a book. Moreover there is an index for topics found within its pages that make the material more accessible than the online version.
I hope that this is merely the first in a large collection of TetZoo books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating blog on animals past and present 13 Nov 2010
By Matthew A. Bille - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Dr. Darren Naish, a British paleontologist, runs THE most facinating blog on the Internet, Tetrapod Zoology. Naish is an expert on dinosaurs (having described a new British sauropod, among other things), but his curiosity embraces everything: what happens when an animal dies while grasping a perch, what's so cool about the amphibians called slow-worms, and why the largest pterosaurs probably did not snap up prey while skimming the ocean and instead spent most of their time walking around like giant storks. There isn't space here to list even a fraction of the topics involved, but Naish's collection of zoology, cryptozoology, and paleontology never failed to hold my attention. He has strong opinions on matters of scientiic controversy, and defends them vigorously. We armchair zoologists, when we read this book, may occasionally stumble over a dense tangle of technical language, but we won't be dissuaded: there's just to much information here to stop reading. If you are interested in the animal-related sciences, this is a unique collection you will have to own.
- Matt Bille
author, Shadows of Existence: Discoveries and Speculations in Zoology (Hancock, 2006)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and fascinating 6 July 2011
By Cat F. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book will be a favorite around our house for years to come. As the other reviewers have mentioned, there are many many animal related topics covered in this book. It amazes me that Dr. Naish is able to make some pretty complicated concepts easy to understand, and he is clearly passionate about each topic. Although I had access to the blog via the internet, it seemed more convenient for me to have a paper copy so I can read a chapter with my coffee in the morning or curl up with my son to share some of the amazing and crazy facts about tetrapods in this book. Thanks Dr. Naish!
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating collection of Tet Zoo classics 18 Nov 2011
By Rebecca Lang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Dr Darren Naish makes science interesting - really, he does!
As a fellow reviewer mentions, he runs one of the most fascinating blogs on the Internet, holding forth on a range of zoological and paleontological subjects and sharing his own original ideas and insights.
This book offers up a selection of some of Naish's most popular posts from the early days of his blog, Tetrapod Zoology.
I recently read this book cover to cover while camping in the jungle (the irony didn't escape me - reading a book of blog posts in a place with no computer, let alone Internet connection!).
Not only did the series of enlightening essays keep me enraptured while tropical storms raged, making hiking impossible, I picked up some fantastic further reading recommendations - Naish has excellent taste in books!
I would definitely recommend Tetrapod Zoology Booke One - and can't wait for Books Two, Three, Four and Five or however many other companion volumes are issued.
Well worth the money.
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