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The Most Perfect Thing: Inside

Tim Birkhead · Bloomsbury
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

Renowned ornithologist Tim Birkhead opens this gripping story as a female guillemot chick hatches, already carrying her full quota of tiny eggs within her undeveloped ovary. As she grows into adulthood, only a few of her eggs mature, are released into the oviduct, and are fertilized by sperm...
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The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution's Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life's Biggest Problems

Matt Simon · Penguin Books
Pages: 272
Format: Print book

"A bizarre collection of evolution tales . . . the weirder, the better." - Entertainment WeeklyA fascinating exploration of the awe-inspiring, weird, and unsettling ingenuity of evolutionOn a barren seafloor, the pearlfish swims into the safety of a sea cucumber's anus. To find...
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Cat Castles: 20 Cardboard Habitats You Can Build Yourself

Carin Oliver · Quirk Books
Pages: 96
Format: Print book

Build your cat "paw-some" homemade habitats with easy instructions and common materials. Shoeboxes and paper bags are fine for other cats. But your favorite felines deserve luxurious living spaces! This DIY construction guide includes fun and easy instructions for making cardboard...
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Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-extinction

Helen Pilcher · Bloomsbury SIGMA
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

Helen Pilcher is uniquely qualified to explain the cutting-edge science that makes the resurrection of extinct animals a very real possibility, while acknowledging the serious and humorous aspects of giving a deceased animal a second chance to live. If you could bring back to life a person...
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The man who made things out of trees

Rob Penn · W.W. Norton & Company
Pages: 240
Format: Print book

The story of how one man cut down a single tree to see how many things could be made from it. Out of all the trees in the world, the ash is the most closely bound up with who we are. From tool handles to arrows, wheels and bowls to furniture and baseball bats, humans have made more and varied...
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Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World

Judith D Schwartz · St Martin'S Press
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

Water scarcity is on everyone's mind. Long taken for granted, water availability has entered the realm of economics, politics, and people's food and lifestyle choices. But as anxiety mounts - even as a swath of California farmland has been left fallow and extremist groups worldwide...
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The Biology of Belief 10th Anniversary Edition: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles

Bruce H Lipton · Hay House
Pages: 278
Format: Print book

This 10th-anniversary edition of Bruce Lipton's best-selling book The Biology of Belief has been updated to bolster the book's central premise with the latest scientific discoveries - and there have been a lot in the last decade.The Biology of Belief is a groundbreaking work in the field...
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The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World

Abigail Tucker · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

A lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the Internet, and our hearts.House cats rule back alleys, deserted Antarctic islands, and our bedrooms. Clearly, they own the Internet, where a viral cat video can easily be viewed...
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Coast Range: A Collection from the Pacific Edge

Nick Neely · Soft Skull Press
Pages: 200
Format: Print book

Coast: the edge of land, or conversely the edge of sea. Range: a measure between limits, or the scope or territory of a thing. Coast Range, the debut collection of essays from writer Nick Neely, meticulously and thoughtfully dwells on these intersections and much more. The book's title...
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Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes

Amy Sutherland · Harpercollins
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

Drawing on her work at a shelter, her experiences living with two rescue dogs of her own, and years of research, bestselling author and Boston Globe columnist Amy Sutherland takes us on an unforgettable journey into the special world of rescue and shelter dogs - and the growing number of dedicated...
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Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau

Kevin T Dann · TarcherPerigee
Pages: 400
Format: Print book

To coincide with the bicentennial of Thoreau's birth in 2017, this thrilling, meticulous biography by naturalist and historian Kevin Dann fills a gap in our understanding of one modern history's most important spiritual visionaries by capturing the full arc of Thoreau's life as a mystic,...
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Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds

Rachelle Bergstein · Harper
Pages: 375
Format: Print book

From the author of Women from the Ankle Down comes a lively cultural biography of diamonds, which explores our society's obsession with the world's most brilliant gemstone and the real-world characters who make them shine."A diamond is forever." Who among us doesn't recognize...
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Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

Peter Godfrey-Smith · Farrar
Pages: 272
Format: Print book

A philosopher dons a wet suit and journeys into the depths of consciousnessAlthough mammals and birds are widely regarded to be the smartest creatures on earth, it has lately become clear that a very distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods,...
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Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature

Jordan Fisher Smith · Crown
Pages: 384
Format: Print book

The fascinating story of a trial that opened a window onto the century-long battle to control nature in the national parks. When twenty-five-year-old Harry Walker was killed by a bear in Yellowstone Park in 1972, the civil trial prompted by his death became a proxy for bigger questions...
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Seven Skeletons: The Evolution of the World's Most Famous Human Fossils

Lydia V Pyne · Viking
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

An irresistible journey of discovery, science, history, and myth making, told through the lives and afterlives of seven famous human ancestorsOver the last century, the search for human ancestors has spanned four continents and resulted in the discovery of hundreds of fossils. While most...
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