The Encyclopedia of Animals

A Complete Visual Guide

By George McKay (Editor); Harry W. Greene (Foreword by)
University of California Press, Hardcover, 9780520244061, 608pp.

Publication Date: November 2004

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The "Encyclopedia of Animals "is a lavishly illustrated, authoritative, and comprehensive exploration of the rich and intriguing world of animals. Written by an international team of specialists, spectacularly adorned with a gallery of more than 2,000 color illustrations, and supplemented with distribution maps, detailed and beautifully rendered diagrams, and some of the world's finest wildlife photographs, this volume will become the standard by which all others are measured. Each page is expertly laid out to enhance either browsing or in-depth study. Readers will find detailed coverage of all sorts of animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and invertebrates.
The "Encyclopedia "includes an introductory overview of animal evolution, biology, behavior, classification, habitats, and current conservation issues. An extensive encyclopedic survey of the animals follows, with special attention given to endangered and vulnerable species. All information is completely up-to-date, with the most recent scientific and conservation data.
Elegant graphics put a broad selection of information at readers' fingertips, including classification information, scientific and common names, distribution maps for all animal groups, conservation panels that focus on threatened species, accurate and detailed anatomical drawings, and illustrations of multiple species. Each section is color coded for easy identification of animal groups. Feature pages explore topics of particular interest and provide insights into animal behavior. With its expansive scope, richly detailed information, and inviting design, this will be the ideal reference for a broad range of uses.
* Completely up-to-date, with the most recent scientific information and conservation data
* A gallery of more than 2,000 illustrations
* Authoritative text contributed by a team of international specialists
* Lavish color photographs from leading wildlife photographers
* Distribution maps for all animal groups
* Detailed explanatory scientific diagrams
* Feature pages exploring topics of particular interest and providing insights into animal behavior.

About the Author
George McKay is Professor of Media Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK, and an AHRC Leadership Fellow for the Connected Communities programme (2012-15). He was a researcher on the HERA/EUFP7 project Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities (2011-13). Among his books are "Shakin' All Over: Popular Music and Disability" (University of Michigan Press, 2103), "Radical Gardening: Politics, Idealism and Rebellion in the Garden" (Frances Lincoln, 2011), "Circular Breathing: The Cultural Politics of Jazz in Britain" (Duke University Press, 2005), "Community Music: A Handbook" (joint ed. with Pete Moser, Russell House, 2004), "Glastonbury: A Very English Fair" (Gollancz, 2000), "DiY Culture: Party & Protest in Nineties Britain" (ed., Verso, 1998), and "Senseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistance since the Sixties" (Verso, 1996). He has been Professor in Residence at EFG London Jazz Festival (2014) and Kendal Calling (2011). His website is http: // W. Greene is Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. He was formerly the Curator of Herpetology the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, and Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he won the campuswide Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993. In 2000, he was awarded the third Edward Osborne Wilson Naturalist Award, presented by the American Society of Naturalists. Michael and Patricia Fogden are acclaimed nature photographers whose work has appeared in such publications as "Smithsonian" and "Natural History", and in books published by Time-Life, National Geographic, and Audubon. They live in Costa Rica.
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