Dealing with life in the undergrowth, this book shows that for every pound of humans on Earth, there are 300 pounds of insects. It shows the reader bugs, beetles, creepy-crawlies, scorpions and centipedes, mites and mantids, spiders and dragonflies.
Reptiles and amphibians ruled the world for nearly 200 million years. Together, they not only outnumber mammals or birds but in their variety and extraordinary behaviour, they far surpass them. This book traces the story of their evolution and overturns the myth that these creatures are just primitive killers to reveal them for what they are.
A new, beautifully illustrated edition of David Attenborough''s groundbreaking Life on Earth . David Attenborough''s unforgettable meeting with gorillas became an iconic moment for millions of television viewers. Life on Earth , the series and accompanying book, fundamentally changed the way we view and interact with the natural world setting a new benchmark of quality, influencing a generation of nature lovers. Told through an examination of animal and plant life, this is an astonishing celebration of the evolution of life on earth, with a cast of characters drawn from the whole range of organisms that have ever lived on this planet. Attenborough''s perceptive, dynamic approach to the evolution of millions of species of living organisms takes the reader on an unforgettable journey of discovery from the very first spark of life to the blue and green wonder we know today. Now, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the book''s first publication, David Attenborough has revisited Life on Earth , completely updating and adding to the original text, taking account of modern scientific discoveries from around the globe. He has chosen beautiful, completely new photography, helping to illustrate the book in a much greater way than was possible forty years ago. This special anniversary edition provides a fitting tribute to an enduring wildlife classic, destined to enthral the generation who saw it when first published and bring it alive for a whole new generation.
Family isn't just important. It's everything.
From lions hunting as a pride to penguins huddling together to keep from freezing in the bitter Antarctic winter, many animals are dependent on complex social relationships for their survival. Powerful dynasties lay claim to vast swathes of territory, fighting off rivals and securing their hunting grounds for generations to come.
Dynasties offers an immersive insight into the shifting hierarchies of animal families. Each chapter follows a different dynasty, from the Marsh Lions of the Masai Mara to rival packs of painted wolves, from a tiger protecting her newborn cubs to a chimpanzee troop and the penguin colonies of the Antarctic. Alongside tender moments when bonds are strengthened through grooming and play, the book charts the rivalries that tip the balance of power, when family members turn against each other and younger animals grow strong enough to challenge for control.
With over 200 stunning photographs and insights from the crew of the BBC series, Dynasties reveals in astonishing detail the intricate social lives of our planet's most fascinating animals.