Multcolib My Librarian Tama: Weird, rare and relic animals

A Window on Eternity
A Window on Eternity A Biologist's Walk Through Gorongosa National Park By Wilson, Edward O. Book - 2014 333.9516 W7478w 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:Edward Wilson and Piotr Naskrecki together in one book is a combo that will get lovers of biodiversity all hot and bothered. I'm betting this makes it to some Best of 2014 lists as we get later into the year. Want want want.

Weird Life
Weird Life The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different From Our Own By Toomey, David M. Book - 2013 571 T672w 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Includes current research of the biological avant-garde with language that gets the science girl in me all worked up. Words like extremophile, shadow biosphere, intelligent weird life. The pictures do the same: the methane ice worm, for example. Are you kidding me?

Relics Travels in Nature's Time Machine By Naskrecki, Piotr Book - 2011 333.9516 N254r 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A words-and-pictures portrait of earth like no other. Visit habitats and see creatures that have lived nearly untouched for hundreds of millions of years. Dinospiders, goliath tarantulas, horseshoe crabs, and many more are detailed with Naskrecki's brilliant writing.

The Smaller Majority
The Smaller Majority The Hidden World of the Animals That Dominate the Tropics By Naskrecki, Piotr Book - 2005 591.70913 N254s 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:Ninety-nine percent of animal life is smaller than a human finger. Those featured in this gorgeous book, some photographed for the first time, live in threatened biodiversity hotspots: tropical forests, deserts, savannas. Naskrecki's on my Must-Read-Whatever-They-Write list. His photos capture the tiniest critters without making them look like some B-movie monster, but authentic and real.

Wild Ones
Wild Ones A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America By Mooallem, Jon Book - 2013 333.95416 M8171w 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:A tour through our environmental moment and the eccentric cultural history of people and wild animals in America. The book is framed by the stories of three currently endangered species: the polar bear, the whooping crane, and the little-known Lange's metalmark butterfly.

Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms
Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind By Fortey, Richard A. Book - 2012 595 F738h 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:The history of life on earth told through the stories of animals that have survived, almost unchanged, for millions of years. Evolution has not completely wiped out its tracks as more advanced organisms came to be. And that history is far older, and much stranger, than many of us would ever guess.

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings A 21st Century Bestiary By Henderson, Caspar Book - 2013 591.68 H4962b 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Go to a world of real creatures that seem as if they should be made up, that are more astonishing than anything we can imagine. Great combo of cutting-edge natural history, philosophical meditation and wit. A beautiful book to hold and read.

Rare Portraits of America's Endangered Species By Sartore, Joel Book - 2010 578.680973 S251r 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:There are many books on rare and endangered animals, but it's the photography that makes this book stand out. All pictures have a background of solid black or white, which makes the photo all about the animal rather than the setting. Gorgeous.

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List of some super interesting resources on the topic of strange, rare, and relic animals. Relic animals are those that have survived for millions of years almost completely unchanged-- the horseshoe crab is a good example. There are many titles on the topics of strange and rare animals, and this list contains just a few, but those herein are read and vetted by the science-girl-at-heart that I am.

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