British Mammals

L. Harrison Matthews

Verlag: HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1968
ISBN 10: 0002130211 / ISBN 13: 9780002130219
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1968. 410 pages. Green cloth boards with pictorial jacket. Lightly yellowed pages throughout book. Firm binding. Light rubbing across boards. Boards are well protected by the dust jacket. Light rubbing across jacket. Some small nicks and tears along edges of DJ. Protected by plastic wrapper. Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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The ordinary amateur naturalist is bound to be astonished at the remarkable discoveries about the distribution, life history and habits of British mammals collected here. This edition is exclusive to newnaturalists.com

The study of our mammals during the present century has been wide and intensive. On the whole it has been conducted by workers who are general naturalists, ecologists, anatomists, physiologists ? but not purely mammalogists. Dr. Matthews himself is a general naturalist of wide experience and distinction, but here he has done what British natural history has wanted for half a century ? he has written a synthesis of our knowledge of mammals which treats them as mammals.

And what an exciting synthesis it is! The ordinary amateur naturalist is bound to be astonished at the remarkable discoveries about the distribution, life history and habits of our British mammals that Dr. Matthews has collected in his book. These advances are shown, perhaps, most clearly in the case of the bats. There has been a revolution in our knowledge of the breeding cycle of these interesting creatures, with its curious problems of delayed fertilisation and delayed implantation; and the discovery of the method by which bats navigate in the dark by means of echo-sounding, here given its most lucid exposition in an English publication, is quite remarkable.

Undoubtedly, this book will stimulate a revival of British mammalogy. The subject, which has had up to now a largely hidden following, has been handicapped by the lack of a periodical devoted to mammals, and by the lack of any recent synthetical book. For instance, the only important systematic treatise on the British mammals of the present century was left unfinished nearly thirty years ago.

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?The author has set out to make a digest of the vast quantity of recent research. It would be hard to overstate how well he has succeeded.? The Listener

?Clear and lucid ... the non-scientific reader can understand it without difficulty. No naturalist in Britain today can afford to be without this volume.? The Spectator

?The wealth and variety of information in a few pages is characteristic of the entire book, and the whole is presented in an engaging style, scientific and unsentimental, but human.? New Statesman

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Titel: British Mammals
Verlag: HarperCollins Distribution Services
Erscheinungsdatum: 1968
Einband: Hardcover
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Buchbeschreibung Published by Collins , London, 1952. , xii, 410 pages + publisher's catalogue at rear [2], with 16 colour plates, 48 black and white plates and 92 figures in the text First Edition , lightly rubbed at head and tail of spine, small previous owner's name to front free endpaper, light spots to some margins, plates clean and bright, the book is in very good- condition , dust-jacket in clear protective sleeve, chipped at spine ends and corners, edges rubbed with small tears, light staining to rear, unclipped, in good condition , green cloth with gilt titles to spine Octavo Hardback. Artikel-Nr. 43382

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