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The Encyclopedia of Mammals Hardcover – 12 Oct 2006

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  • Hardcover: 976 pages
  • Publisher: The Brown Reference Group; New edition edition (12 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816070768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816070763
  • ASIN: 0199206082
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 6.4 x 30.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,354,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A proven success and a fascinating read...The Encyclopedia of Mammals certainly gives you excellent value for money. Painstakingly compiled, the encyclopedia is packed with fascinating information. The photography and illustrations are also very impressive...I cannot recommend it highly enough. (James Beattie, Outdoor Photography )

About the Author

David Macdonald has produced a wide range of books and wildlife films on mammals, both academic and trade. First known for his work on foxes, he has moved on to work on badgers, meerkats, buffalo, wild dogs, wolves.... He and his films have been shown on television and some of his books sold in tens of thousands. First among his book sales was the first edition of The Encyclopedia of Mammals, first published in 1983 which sold around 16,000 copies in the UK, 100,000 in the US, and
50,000 copies in other languages and was most recently reprinted (for the US) in 1995. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Whilst I am very pleased to have this book, I do not wish to give unqualified praise. I think the coverage is unfortunately scanty in some areas, and often says nothing about familiar species.
This is a beautiful book with a lot of lovely pictures and information, and not over-populist in its content. However given the number of mammalian species, there is a limit to what you can cover in 1000 pages, and I think the balance is sometimes unfortunate. It is sometimes said that this encyclopaedia covers all mammalian species, however a great many are found only in a list of names. Entire families are given this treatment. Many other species are covered only with an uninformative three-line one-column entry. The coverage of bats is particularly weak, which is disappointing given that such a large proportion of mammalian species are bats. I have a slimmer encyclopaedia covering all vertebrate animals, which has at least a drawing of and a paragraph describing at least one representative of every mammalian family.
Just because an animal is familiar doesn't mean you will find any information on it. I give two examples. 1. A recent BBC programme on African wild-life spent some time showing Simien Foxes hunting African Mole Rats, a common and unusually large rodent much used as a human food source. It is related to the Bamboo Rat eaten in SE Asia. If you look up the African Mole Rat in the index, you will be referred to the section on Mole-Rats, which is an entirely different group of rodents. When you eventually find it many pages away, there is only a misleading and brief mention. 2. If, like many tourists, you travel to the high Andes of Peru or Bolivia, you will probably see Mountain Viscachas, and very little else. They are much photographed, featured in TV programmes, etc.
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Format: Hardcover
Far more detailed than any other mammalian encyclopaedia that I have come across. It includes many excellent pictures and illustrations, as well as a very usefull size comparison of each animal next to a man.
Information about the state of species populations is given, as is the state of endangerment.
Case study-like articles, about 2 pages in length, provide interesting facts about many of the mammals in the book.
The only caveat, however, is that it did not include humans in the book. We are the only living mammals left out of the book, but should deserve as much as the other great apes for that is what we are.
However, an excellent purchase, and something that I will spend countless hours reading and learning.
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Format: Hardcover
The new encyclopedia of mammals is a pleasant and surprising mix of photographs, illustrations and text that consisely but comprehensively describes every mammal known to man today. The layout is easy to navigate considering the amount of information within the pages and the mix of scientific and layman's information is refreshing as was a diagramatic comparison of physical size rather than just a given measurement.
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A very high quality, well produced reference book.
A very detailed description of all the Mammals with superb photographs.
I was delighted with such a great present when it was given to me.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a0f121c) out of 5 stars Like it. Use it. Recommend it. 6 Feb. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
I've been a docent at a zoo for several years, and this book has been invaluable. It presents the material clearly and consistently. The pictures are fantastic. It's also a book that my family keeps hauling off the shelf to answer "that animal question."
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a2fd96c) out of 5 stars A pleasure to read 4 Jun. 2004
By RR - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is informative enough to be a professional reference text, yet accessible and beautiful enough to be a coffee table book or even a picture book for older children. It presents a comprehensive overview of all the mammals, organized by taxonomical group. The text is supplemented with excellent photographs that allow the readers to "see the animals" for themselves and learn much the text does not say.
It was used as a textbook for my college mammalogy class, and it served the purpose better than any standard text. The authors and editor, top mammalogists, do a good (albeit slightly conservative) job of bringing together what is known about mammalogy and condensing it into one large volume. Each section summarizes one species or group of animals. Special spreads describe details such as the songs of the gibbons and the responses of voles to the scent of their predators. It was very engaging, and I highly recommend it even as a popular science reference.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89fef558) out of 5 stars Fantastic Book - Hard To Find Under $100 21 Mar. 2005
By G. Reid - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"The Encyclopedia Of Mammals" is a wonderful book. BN offered a one-volume edition with over 930 pages until sometime in 2003 for under $50. The book covers all the mammals in the world in full color with comprehensive text and weighs about 12 lbs. The current offering is a 3-volume edition by Facts On File Natural Science Library at about $300.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a16aabc) out of 5 stars A worthy tome of mammalian facts 17 Sept. 1997
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Format: Hardcover
For years I have keep this book close by my side. I'm amazed by the number of times I have consulted it while watching a nature show or after a discussion of wildlife. The coverage of mammalian families is comprehensive and the photographs are beautiful. A must own for any naturalist
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a635300) out of 5 stars The best mammal book in the world? 9 Oct. 2007
By Jesse Walker - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book was written by mammalogists, and all of the information in it is relatively up to date, thorough, and completely credible "academically". The book is intended as an overview of mammals of the world, and does an amazing job of covering a lot of info on all mammal groups. It can't, however, give species-level detail for every mammal you might want to know about (though it does for many!), but it's certainly an amazing text as a general reference. Easy to read, full of info and useful pictures and figures, etc. I use it just about every week to prepare the Mammalogy lab I teach at a university, and refer to it all the time. For more detail on North American mammal species, check out "The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals" or Feldhamer's "Wild Mammals of North America".
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