A Bat Man in the Tropics

Author: Theodore Fleming
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520929487
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The euphoria of discovery is the only motivation many scientists need for studying nature and its secrets. Yet euphoria is rarely expressed in scientific publications. This book, a personal account of more than thirty years of fieldwork by one of the world’s leading bat biologists, wonderfully conveys the thrill of scientific discovery. Theodore Fleming’s work to document the lives and ecological importance of plant-visiting bats has taken him to the tropical forests of Panama, Costa Rica, and Australia, and to the lush Sonoran Desert of northwest Mexico and Arizona. This book tells the story of his fascinating career and recounts his many adventures in the field. Fleming weaves autobiographical reflections together with information on the natural history and ecology of bats and describes many other animals and plants he has encountered. His book details the stresses and rewards of life in scientific field camps, gives portraits of prominent biologists such as Dan Janzen and Peter Raven, and traces the development of modern tropical biology. A witness to the destruction and development of many of the forests he has visited throughout his career, Fleming makes a passionate plea for the conservation of these wild places.

Bats

Author: M. Brock Fenton
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022606526X
Format: PDF, ePub
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There are more than 1,300 species of bats—or almost a quarter of the world’s mammal species. But before you shrink in fear from these furry “creatures of the night,” consider the bat’s fundamental role in our ecosystem. A single brown bat can eat several thousand insects in a night. Bats also pollinate and disperse the seeds for many of the plants we love, from bananas to mangoes and figs. Bats: A World of Science and Mystery presents these fascinating nocturnal creatures in a new light. Lush, full-color photographs portray bats in flight, feeding, and mating in views that show them in exceptional detail. The photos also take the reader into the roosts of bats, from caves and mines to the tents some bats build out of leaves. A comprehensive guide to what scientists know about the world of bats, the book begins with a look at bats’ origins and evolution. The book goes on to address a host of questions related to flight, diet, habitat, reproduction, and social structure: Why do some bats live alone and others in large colonies? When do bats reproduce and care for their young? How has the ability to fly—unique among mammals—influenced bats’ mating behavior? A chapter on biosonar, or echolocation, takes readers through the system of high-pitched calls bats emit to navigate and catch prey. More than half of the world’s bat species are either in decline or already considered endangered, and the book concludes with suggestions for what we can do to protect these species for future generations to benefit from and enjoy. From the tiny “bumblebee bat”—the world’s smallest mammal—to the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox, whose wingspan exceeds five feet, A Battery of Bats presents a panoramic view of one of the world’s most fascinating yet least-understood species.

Biology of Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards

Author: Daniel D. Beck
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520931602
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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No two lizard species have spawned as much folklore, wonder, and myth as the Gila Monster, Heloderma suspectum, and the Beaded Lizard, H. horridum—the sole survivors of an ancient group of predacious lizards called the Monstersauria. More like snakes on legs, monstersaurs are a walking contradiction: they are venomous yet don't appear to use their venom for subduing prey; their mottled patterns mingle with the broken shadows and textures of their desert and tropical dry forest habitats, yet their bright open mouths hiss a bold warning that a nasty bite awaits those who advance further. And while Gila Monster venom produces excruciating pain, it also contains a peptide that has become a promising new drug for treating type-2 diabetes. Perhaps the ultimate paradox is that monstersaurs are among the most famous of lizards, yet until quite recently they have remained among the least studied. With numerous illustrations, stunning color photographs, and an up-to-date synthesis of their biology, this book explains why the Monstersauria seems poised to change the way we think about lizards. Daniel D. Beck—who has been investigating Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards for over 22 years—teams up here with award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Wiewandt to produce a comprehensive summary of this small but remarkable family of lizards.

Kunstformen der Natur

Author: Ernst Haeckel
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3867415773
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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"Die Natur erzeugt im ihrem Scho e eine unersch pfliche F lle von wunderbaren Gestalten, durch deren Sch nheit und Mannigfaltigkeit alle vom Menschen geschaffenen Kunstformen weitaus bertroffen werden." Der Naturwissenschaftler Ernst Haeckel stellt in seinem Werk sthetische Formen aus Bereichen der Botanik und der Zoologie zusammen. Zahlreiche Schwarzwei - und Farbabbildungen. Nachdruck der Komplettausgabe von 1904 mit 100 Tafeln und dem "Supplement-Heft" .

Dinner mit Edward

Author: Isabel Vincent
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641225272
Format: PDF, Mobi
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»Jeder sollte einen Edward haben.« Toronto Star Zu ihrem ersten Dinner mit Edward erscheint Isabel mit einer Flasche Wein, aber ohne große Erwartungen. Eigentlich ist sie nur hier, weil ihre Freundin sie um den Gefallen gebeten hat, bei ihrem alten Vater nach dem Rechten zu sehen. Doch der Mann, der jetzt in der Küche steht und Hühnchenbrust und luftiges Aprikosen-Soufflé für sie zubereitet, steckt voller Überraschungen. Isabels Besuch ist der Auftakt zu einer ganzen Reihe von unvergesslichen Abenden, in deren Verlauf Edward zu ihrem teuren Freund und Ratgeber wird. Mit seiner Hilfe gelingt es ihr, das Leben neu zu betrachten und frische Wege einzuschlagen. "Dinner mit Edward" ist ein inspirierendes Lieblingsbuch und das perfekte Gastgeschenk für jede Dinnereinladung.