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Invasive Species: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Julie Lockwood

9780198818281
Paperback
July 2022

Very Short Introductions

Invasive species have become a major environmental issue in ecosystems across the world. Julie Lockwood considers how plant and animal species are introduced to new environments; the ecological, social, and economic impacts they can have; and approaches to managing them, against the broader backdrop of environmental change.

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Insects: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Simon Leather

9780198847045
Paperback
December 2021

Very Short Introductions

This book explores the extraordinarily diverse and beautiful world of insects, from tiny wasps to giant beetles. It analyses insect evolution, and describes their behaviour, their environments, and the interactions they have with other animals. It also discusses their vital role in all land ecosystems, and their importance for our own survival.

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Amphibians: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

T. S. Kemp

9780198842989
Paperback
July 2021

Very Short Introductions

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Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

£8.99

Charles Sheppard

9780198869825
Paperback
April 2021

Very Short Introductions

Coral reefs are among the most biodiverse of ecosystems. Here, Charles Sheppard tells the fascinating story of how and where coral reefs are formed and the variety of marine life they support. He highlights the severe threats they face due to climate change, pollution, and over-exploitation, and the ongoing conservation efforts to save them.

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Smell: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Matthew Cobb

9780198825258
Paperback
May 2020

Very Short Introductions

Matthew Cobb explores the sense of smell - its complex evolutionary history, and its many functions in a wide variety of animals, including humans. He describes the latest scientific research into this remarkable faculty, involving the brain as much as the nose, and reveals surprising insights into animal and human life.

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Systems Biology: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Eberhard O. Voit

9780198828372
Paperback
March 2020

Very Short Introductions

Systems biology utilises new computational tools to analyse biological processes on an extraordinary scale. We can now study complex biological phenomena within their natural contexts, applying a holistic, systems-based approach. This book explores what this interdisciplinary field is about, and how it will affect our understanding of life.

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Reptiles: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

T. S. Kemp

9780198806417
Paperback
January 2019

Very Short Introductions

From dinosaurs to lizards, snakes, and turtles, Tom Kemp considers the range of reptiles which have walked our Earth. Exploring how evolutionary adaptions have fitted them to their individual niches, he discusses their biology, such as cold bloodedness and feeding habits, and analyses why reptiles have been so successful throughout history.

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Eyes to See: The Astonishing Variety of Vision in Nature

£18.99

Michael Land

9780198747710
Hardback
November 2018

The spectacular capacity to see the world around them has evolved in many different ways among animals. From scallops and jumping spiders to humans, Michael Land explores the extraordinary variety of eyes in nature, how they work, and how they enable their bearers to survive.

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Moonstruck: How lunar cycles affect life

£10.99

Ernest Naylor

9780198724223
Paperback
October 2018

Compared to well established circadian rhythms, scientific evidence for biological clocks linked to the Moon has only recently become recognized. This book describes the growing evidence for lunar influences on animal behaviour, and considers whether humans may be affected too.

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Sexual Selection: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Marlene Zuk, Leigh W. Simmons

9780198778752
Paperback
August 2018

Very Short Introductions

Sexual selection, Darwin's other big idea, is the selection for particular traits and behaviours that results from (usually) female choice and male competition. It can produce flamboyant features, such as the peacock's tail, which would seem to be detrimental to survival. This book explores our understanding of how sexual selection works.

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Veterinary Science: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

James Yeates

9780198790969
Paperback
February 2018

Very Short Introductions

James Yeates covers the history of veterinary science, considering the roles of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention in animal health. Discussing recent challenges such as the outbreak of BSE, and antibiotic resistance, he considers the future of the field, and difficulties in balancing the interests of owners and animals when they don't coincide.

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Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

£8.99

David Norman

9780198795926
Paperback
September 2017

Very Short Introductions

David Norman discusses some of the most fascinating and iconic creatures to walk our Earth. Introducing the different famillies of dinosaurs, he discusses how they were first discovered and interpreted, and looks at how scientific break-throughs have changed our understanding of dinosaurs over the years.

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Mammals: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

T. S. Kemp

9780198766940
Paperback
September 2017

Very Short Introductions

Relative newcomers within the story of evolution, mammals are hugely successful and have colonized land, water, and air. Tom Kemp discusses the great diversity of mammalian species, and looks at how their very disparate characteristics, physiologies, and behaviours are all largely driven by one uniting factor: endothermy, or warm-bloodedness.

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Testosterone: The molecule behind power, sex, and the will to win

£12.99

Joe Herbert

9780198724988
Paperback
September 2017

Testosterone lies at the heart of maleness, and is involved in aggression, competitiveness, and risk-taking — all essential in our evolution. Joe Herbert describes the fascinating insights revealed by modern research into this primeval power that shaped our history and lurks below the veneer of our civilized modern world.

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Animal Behaviour: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Tristram D. Wyatt

9780198712152
Paperback
February 2017

Very Short Introductions

Animal behaviour is a central topic of zoology, and with the development of ideas concerning the role of genes as well as environment the subject has been transformed. Tristram Wyatt gives a modern view, including a sense of the power of gene knock-outs, computing, and image analysis to enable detailed experiments and observations of behaviour.

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The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene

£10.99

Richard Dawkins

9780198788911
Paperback
September 2016

The 'extended phenotype' is Dawkins' key contribution to the gene's eye view of evolution given in The Selfish Gene. He shows that the influence of genes can extend far beyond the bodies in which they reside, manipulating the environment and the behaviour of other individuals. A worldwide bestseller and a classic work of scientific exposition.

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Oxygen: The molecule that made the world

£9.99

Nick Lane

9780198784937
Paperback
April 2016

Oxygen is the engine of life and evolution. This book explores the impact that oxygen has had on Earth, and the history of life. Explaining the rise of animals and plants, the origin of two sexes, and the evolution of ageing and death, it offers fresh perspectives on our own lives, explaining why we age and what we can do about it.

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The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Peter Holland

9780199593217
Paperback
November 2011

Very Short Introductions

Molecular biology has revolutionized our understanding of animals and their evolution. In this Very Short Introduction, Peter Holland provides an authoritative summary of the modern view of animal life, its origins, and the new classification resulting from DNA studies.

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A Dictionary of Animal Behaviour

£12.99

David McFarland

9780198607212
Paperback
March 2006

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