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5.0 out of 5 stars mammels
This book is the best of the authors series.It deals with animal behaviour rather than animal species although animals are used as descriptions of particular types of animal behaviour.
The well written text is divided into 10 finely researched chapters each with their own particular stories and examples.
The 10 chapters cover a)animal design-as relating to...
Published on 6 April 2009 by G. I. Forbes

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3.0 out of 5 stars More of a television transcript than a book
I haven't seen the television series on which this is based but I can imagine it - impressive scenes of animals taken all over the world, with David Attenborough's unmistakable earnest voiceover and cameos of him standing alongside some rare species in an isolated spot whispering to the audience so as not to scare the beast away.

It may be good television but...
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5.0 out of 5 stars mammels, 6 April 2009
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G. I. Forbes (edinburgh) - See all my reviews
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This book is the best of the authors series.It deals with animal behaviour rather than animal species although animals are used as descriptions of particular types of animal behaviour.
The well written text is divided into 10 finely researched chapters each with their own particular stories and examples.
The 10 chapters cover a)animal design-as relating to environment b)insect hunters c)chiselers -animals with chisel shaped front teeth d) plant eaters e)meat eaters f)opportunists-animals that eat anything g)return to the water- animals living on land or in the sea h) tree dwellers i) social climbers -e.g. monkeys and j)food for thought-how animals may evolve.
The pictures are excellent and only a few cover 2 pages destroying their impact.Sources of photographs are now well laid out and easily identified.
A book to be recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 13 Dec 2002
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This is another excellent book based on one of David Attenborough's programmes. Even though it has a lot of pages ( around 300 ) every page is just as interesting as the previous. It's not just writing: there is a vast selection of colour photographs as well. Based on the tv series, although it does go into more depth and detail. It has around 10 chapters, one for each programme. If you have liked other books like this, then this one is a must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a nostalgia thing, 12 Jan 2003
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This book is the literature equivalent of tea and crumpets on a cold blustery dark winters night, snuggled in the front room fresh from the bath, awaiting wildlife programmes on the telly and dreading school the next morning. It's a pure nostalgia thing; the soothing tones of Attenborough lose nothing in print; some stunning photos and comfortable insights into the animal world. Buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such great quality, 26 April 2014
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Although I am a great fan of the amazon kindle,for some books you need a hard copy.
David Attenborough is so knowledgeable and very interesting.
The quality of photography is superb.
I will really treasure this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!, 1 Oct 2013
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It's only recently that I started getting into this subject and it's great, these books are amazing.
Definitely would buy from the seller again too, came in no time and was really cheap. Win win :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great BOOk, 28 Sep 2013
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bought for my grandson thank you a good price and service it arrived very quickly to be enjoyed for a long time
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of a television transcript than a book, 20 Sep 2013
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John Fitzpatrick (São Paulo, Brazil) - See all my reviews
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I haven't seen the television series on which this is based but I can imagine it - impressive scenes of animals taken all over the world, with David Attenborough's unmistakable earnest voiceover and cameos of him standing alongside some rare species in an isolated spot whispering to the audience so as not to scare the beast away.

It may be good television but it doesn't make good reading.

"The Life of Mammals" consists of 10 chapters which jump the millennia and species in its bid to justify its overambitious title and provide a comprehensive coverage of a vast subject.

Every page has color pictures of the particular creature mentioned on it but, in Attenborough's bid to cover everything, the book jumps all over the place.

Instead of a narrative, the reader gets fed tidbits of whatever creature Attenborough and his cameramen have happened to film.

It's not bad but definitely not a book to read straight through, as I did, and certainly of little value to the student or specialist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Attenborough provides the illustrations for Darwin's theory, 20 Jun 2013
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Mr. Timothy W. Dumble (Sunderland, England) - See all my reviews
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The logical premise of this book is to study mammals from the perspective of their diet and how this has led to the evolution of physical characteristics and social organization. Attenborough typically prompts the reader to view the natural world in a more holistic way, for example highlighting the social implications for mammals which have a diet based solely on leaves or the consequences of having to live in the open savannah.

What Attenborough excels at here and indeed in all of his 'Life of' works is in providing the brushstrokes to the tapestry of evolution, effortlessly highlighting apposite examples of creatures, in this case mammals, to showcase Darwin's landmark theory of natural selection. Memorable examples are the grotesque: red, blue, purple and orange facial adornments of the male mandrill, the common ancestry of shrews and bats, weasels and otters, elephants and manatees and whales and hippos.

Darwin's studies of evolution in the context of isolated, notably island communities is brilliantly echoed in the treatment of Lemurs on Madagascar, which in the absence of monkeys have evolved to fill every possible environmental niche. The loss of flight in birds such as the short-tailed bat in New Zealand due to a lack of land based predators and the differential evolution of the red colobus monkey in increasingly isolated pockets of forest in a drying Africa are similarly redolent of Darwin.

Equally compelling is the treatment of human evolution in which a firm case is made to support the aquatic past of human ancestors, evidenced by hair follicle direction, subcutaneous fat, rapid brain development facilitated by the consumption of high protein shellfish and critically, due to a plentiful diet, the ability to live in groups and thus share knowledge and skills, something still witnessed in primate communities today.

Attenborough ends on a prescient environmental note urging the most successful mammals- Homo sapiens - to stop controlling the environment for the benefit of humanity but to control humanity for the benefit of the environment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars birthday gift, 6 May 2013
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This order was to go in my daughters gift,she was very pleased and it was sent straight to her was a great thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book, 17 April 2013
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got htis book for my hubby he really like it the pictures a stunning good book if you like the tv programme
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