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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book, Authoritative Text and Great Illustrations, 3 Jan. 2002
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This review is from: Animal: The definitive visual guide to the world's wildlife (Hardcover)
I cannot but fully agree with every praise showered over "Animal". It is one of the best reference works I have ever seen. The text accompanying the excellent illustrations is compact and to the point. It makes great reading.
Nevertheless, I have to raise three small points:
1. Where are "Homo Sapiens Sapiens"? I didn't find him in the Apes Section where it belongs. Religious Reasons?
2. Why not include feeding and reproduction information (e.g. gestation period, number of young produced etc.) in the animals' "Identity Cards"? It is true that in many cases the text offers that information, but not always...
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Initial post: 13 Mar 2008 22:25:50 GMT
Project 1409 says:
DK have published a sister book to animal, titled 'Human', which is proportionately identical to 'Animal'. It should provide all the information you require on Homo Sapiens.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2010 01:16:55 GMT
Keith Thomas says:
You miss the point. Humans are animals. They should have an entry in Burnie's book consistent with the entries for other animals. It's weird to omit humans. Could you have a book about German cars and omit Mercedes Benz? Could you have a history of 19th century politics and omit Britain? Could you write a travel guide to the UK without an entry for London? The omission of humans is highly unscientific and brings into question the rest of the book.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Aug 2012 23:57:40 BDT
mickram23 says:
'The omission of humans is highly unscientific and brings into question the rest of the book.'
I think that's a bit over the top! I'm sure the experts who wrote the book are fully aware that humans are animals (it's people like them who told YOU that fact in the first place!) but possibly left them out because
A) They scientifically deduced that it would be a human reading the book so figured they didn't really need to be informed about themselves.
or
B) DK were already planning the book 'Human' and didn't feel the need for overlapping.
Either way, they have produced a stunning book that most humans will thoroughly enjoy.
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