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Walker's Mammals of the World

Monotremes, Marsupials, Afrotherians, Xenarthrans, and Sundatherians

Ronald M. Nowak

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The preeminent guide to the world’s mammals is now enhanced with a dramatically expanded volume covering 19 orders, including such creatures as elephants, armadillos, and manatees.

Since its first publication in 1964, Walker's Mammals of the World has become a favorite guide to the natural world for general readers and professionals alike. This new Walker's volume is a completely revised and updated compendium of information on five of the earliest clades to diverge from ancient mammal stock. Uniquely comprehensive in inimitable Walker's style, it incorporates a full account of every genus that\u2026

The preeminent guide to the world’s mammals is now enhanced with a dramatically expanded volume covering 19 orders, including such creatures as elephants, armadillos, and manatees.

Since its first publication in 1964, Walker's Mammals of the World has become a favorite guide to the natural world for general readers and professionals alike. This new Walker's volume is a completely revised and updated compendium of information on five of the earliest clades to diverge from ancient mammal stock. Uniquely comprehensive in inimitable Walker's style, it incorporates a full account of every genus that has lived in the past 5,000 years. Every named species of each genus is listed in systematic order and accompanied by detailed descriptions of past and present range.

This new edition includes
• 500+ full-color images throughout
• citations to more than 2,200 new references
• extensive bioconservation data, with discussion of every species in an IUCN Red List threatened category

This volume's thorough updates reflect 20 years of advances in our knowledge of taxonomy, ecology, behavior, life history, and conservation. Substantive changes to 100% of previously existing generic accounts, plus the addition of 17 entirely new generic accounts, double the information in the last edition on the 19 orders covered. The black-and-white illustrations of earlier editions have been replaced by over 500 superb new color images.

Remaining true to Ernest P. Walker's vision, the text smoothly combines in-depth scholarship with a popular, readable style to preserve and enhance what the Washington Post called a "landmark of zoological literature."

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If you have other titles in the Walker's Mammals of the World series, you'll want this one!

This volume provides highly detailed accounts of the various mammals included... and is well illustrated with color photographs of many of the included mammals.

The famous Walker's Mammals of the World has been updated... and what an update it is. Rather than the classical two volumes with black-and-white photographs (the last edition is from 1999 and thus almost 20 years old), there is now a single volume with colour photos covering monotremes, marsupials, afrotherians, xenarthrans and sundatherians (ie, Scan-dentia and Dermoptera).

Professional naturalists will find [these volumes] invaluable as a handy reference, and amateurs—at least those citizens alive to their earthly environment—should delight in finding so much fascinating information made so available and palatable.

What an amazing lot mammals are, seen here in all of their diversity!... Walker has made available a mine of information, for the specialist as well as for the casually interested... If you want to find out about a mammal, then, here is the place to look.

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Available
Trim Size
8.5
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11
Pages
784
ISBN
9781421424675
Illustration Description
508 color photos
Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Class Mammalia
2. Monotremata
3. Didelphimorphia
4. Pacituberculata
5. Microbiotheria
6. Notoryctemorphia
7. Dasyuromorphia
8. Peramelemorphia
9. Diprotodontia
10. Afroscricida
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Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Class Mammalia
2. Monotremata
3. Didelphimorphia
4. Pacituberculata
5. Microbiotheria
6. Notoryctemorphia
7. Dasyuromorphia
8. Peramelemorphia
9. Diprotodontia
10. Afroscricida
11. Macroscelidea
12. Bibymalagasia
13. Tubulidentata
14. Hyracoidea
15. Proboscidea
16. Sirenia
17. Cingulata
18. Pilosa
19. Scandentia
20. Dermoptera
World Distribution of Mammals
World Distribution of Mammals
World Distribution of Mammals

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Ronald M. Nowak

Ronald M. Nowak was senior author of the fourth edition and author of the fifth and sixth editions of Walker's Mammals of the World. He served as editorial consultant for four editions of National Geographic Society's Wild Animals of North America.