The Fall 2013 lineup from Princeton University Press is going to knock you off your rocker. The books appear to be utterly amazing. Check it out -
Primates of the World: An Illustrated Guide by Jean-Jacques Petter & François Desbordes and Translated by Robert Martin – September 2013
This stunningly illustrated guide to the world’s primates covers nearly 300 species, from the feather-light and solitary pygmy mouse lemurs of Madagascar—among the smallest primates known to exist—to the regal mountain gorillas of Africa. Organized by region and spanning every family of primates on Earth, the book features 72 splendid color plates, facing-page descriptions of key features of each family, and 86 color distribution maps. Primates of the World also includes concise introductory chapters that discuss the latest findings on primate origins and evolution, behavior and adaptations, and classification, making it the most comprehensive and up-to-date primate guide available.
- Covers nearly 300 species and every family of primates worldwide
- Features 72 color plates—the finest illustrations of primates ever produced
- Includes facing-page descriptions for each family and 86 color distribution maps
- The most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the world’s primates
Tracks and Signs of the Animals and Birds of Britain and Europe by Lars-Henrik Olsen - September 2013
This beautifully illustrated field guide enables you to easily identify the tracks and signs left by a wide variety of mammal and bird species found in Britain and Europe, covering behaviors ranging from hunting, foraging, and feeding to courtship, breeding, and nesting. Introductory chapters offer detailed drawings of footprints and tracks of large and small mammals, which are followed by sections on mammal scat, bird droppings, and the feeding signs of animals on food sources such as nuts, cones, and rose hips. The book then describes specific mammal species, providing information on size, distribution, behavior, habitat, and similar species, as well as more specific detail on tracks and scat. Distribution maps are also included. This indispensable field guide covers 175 species of mammals and birds, and features a wealth of stunning color photos and artwork throughout.
- Helps you easily identify the tracks and signs of a variety of mammals and birds
- Covers 175 species
- Illustrated throughout with photos, drawings, and artwork
- Includes informative descriptions of mammal species along with distribution maps
Bugs Rule!: An Introduction to the World of Insects by Whitney Cranshaw & Richard Redak – October 2013
Bugs Rule! provides a lively introduction to the biology and natural history of insects and their noninsect cousins, such as spiders, scorpions, and centipedes. This richly illustrated textbook features more than 830 color photos, a concise overview of the basics of entomology, and numerous sidebars that highlight and explain key points. Detailed chapters cover each of the major insect groups, describing their physiology, behaviors, feeding habits, reproduction, human interactions, and more.ideal for nonscience majors and anyone seeking to learn more about insects and their arthropod relatives, Bugs Rule! offers a one-of-a-kind gateway into the world of these amazing creatures.
- Places a greater emphasis on natural history than standard textbooks on the subject
- Covers the biology and natural history of all the insect orders
- Provides a thorough review of the noninsect arthropods, such as spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, and crustaceans
- Features more than 830 color photos
- Highlights the importance of insects and other arthropods, including their impact on human society
- An online illustration package is available to professors
The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland by Richard Crossley & Dominic Couzens – November 2013
Aimed at beginner and intermediate birders, yet suitable for all levels, this new volume in the groundbreaking Crossley ID Guide series is the most user-friendly field guide to the birds of Britain and Ireland. Based on The Crossley ID Guide’s awardwinning design, this guide looks at all regularly occurring species of Britain and Ireland, and shows readers how to identify birds using size, structure, shape, probability, and behavior—just like the experts do! Stunning images are accompanied by the accurate and concise text of Dominic Couzens, one of Britain’s leading nature writers.
This unique book treats over 310 species—those birds most likely to be encountered by observers—and the guide’s attractive pages provide a real-life approach to bird identification. Beautiful, in-focus scenes present birds in various plumages, in lifelike poses set in identifiable British and Irish habitats, and plates also illustrate how a bird’s appearance changes with distance. Organizing images in cohesive, easyto-understand plates rather than as separate photographs, this book also sets itself apart by containing more images that demonstrate flight, behavior, habitat, and plumages than any other volume available. Not only is this field guide a reference book, it is also a spectacular teaching resource that makes it easy for nature enthusiasts to see and appreciate the big picture of bird identification.
- The most user-friendly guide to the birds of Britain and Ireland
- A close look at over 310 species
- Award-winning Crossley ID Guide design
- Lifelike images of birds from near and far
- Stunning depictions of British and Irish scenes
- A field, reference, and teaching guide
- Concise and interesting text by Dominic Couzens
Rare Birds of North America by Steve N. G. Howell, Ian Lewington & Will Russell – December 2013
Rare Birds of North America is the first comprehensive illustrated guide to the vagrant birds that occur throughout the United States and Canada. Featuring 275 stunning color plates, this book covers 262 species originating from three very different regions—the Old World, the New World tropics, and the world’s oceans. It explains the causes of avian vagrancy and breaks down patterns of occurrence by region and season, enabling readers to see where, when, and why each species occurs in North America. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, taxonomy, age, sex, distribution, and status.
Rare Birds of North America provides unparalleled insights into vagrancy and avian migration, and will enrich the birding experience of anyone interested in finding and observing rare birds.
- Covers 262 species of vagrant birds found in the United States and Canada
- Features 275 stunning color plates that depict every species
- Explains patterns of occurrence by region and season
- Provides an invaluable overview of vagrancy patterns and migration
- Includes detailed species accounts and cutting-edge identification tips
Thanks to Princeton University Press for providing Thermal Birding with review copies of excellent books. We are pleased to share this information on behalf of PUP.