An Encyclopedia of Incredible Animals by Karen Macey PDF

By Karen Macey

Animals have inhabited each nook of the globe, together with many of the world’s most harsh environments. From the driest deserts to the frozen tundra of the polar ice caps, existence exists at each flip. a lot of those animals are distinctive and own characteristics crucial for survival.

This wonderful encyclopedia takes a glance at the various world’s most original and wonderful kinds of existence. Unbelievably precise and subsidized via medical examine, this encyclopedia has you coated. countless numbers of illustrations and photographs get you an perception to those animals like you've gotten by no means obvious earlier than.

Want to benefit extra concerning the egg-eating snake? or maybe you’re e drawn to tremendous infrequent harpy eagle? Take a more in-depth examine over 60 specific creatures in gorgeous element.

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Animals have inhabited each nook of the globe, together with a few of the world’s cruelest environments. From the driest deserts to the frozen tundra of the polar ice caps, existence exists at each flip. a lot of those animals are specific and own traits vital for survival. This awesome encyclopedia takes a glance at the various world’s most original and very good varieties of existence.

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They can stretch over an area of ocean equivalent to several city blocks and can be as much as 5 m thick, with as many as 60,000 krill in 1 cu. m of water. From the air, one of these swarms has been likened to a gigantic amoeba as it moves slowly through the water, changing shape as it goes. The preferred food of krill are the tiny, single-celled plantlike organisms called diatoms. These diatoms rely on the sun’s rays for energy, using the power of sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water into simple sugars—the all-important process of photosynthesis.

New Zealand, for some reason, had no land mammals apart from bats, and these may have colonized at a later date. In isolation, life flourished, free from the tooth and claw of predatory mammals. Birds took to living on the ground. Insects evolved to fill the niches occupied in other parts of the world by small mammals, and a host of primitive plants flourished in the cool, moist climate. Sadly, this paradise was not to last forever, and the arrival of humans, first Polynesians and then Europeans, spelled devastation and extinction.

It only covers living animals because although long extinct animals are fascinating, their lives are the stuff of guesstimation. Bones and impressions of long dead bodies can only tell so much. This book is a selection of those animals whose fantastic habits and lives really hammer home the message of how remarkable our planet is. All the animals you will read about are real. Some are found outside your back door; others dwell in habitats where humans rarely venture. Some are miniscule, barely visible to naked eye, and some are massive, thousands of times larger than a fully grown human.

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