Extraordinary Animals
An Encyclopedia of Curious and Unusual Animals
by Ross Piper
August 2007, 320pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-33922-6
$94, £70, 79€, A135
eBook Available: 978-0-313-08594-9
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A compendium of the strangest and most unusual animals in the animal kingdom

Animals have existed on Earth for many hundreds of millions of years. In that time they have evolved into a great variety of forms, exploiting nearly every habitat the planet has to offer. In the dark depths of the oceans, in the seemingly inhospitable Polar Regions, in the driest deserts, even within the bodies of other animals, there are animal species that have developed unique and extraordinary means of surviving and thriving. Extraordinary Animals: An Encyclopedia of Curious and Unusual Animals is an exploration of those members of the animal kingdom who possess strange and bizarre adaptations that allow them to survive in the most extreme environments, or whose complex lives can only be said to be bewildering. From the tar-baby termite to the blue whale, from the harpy eagle to the naked mole rat, these species reflect the exceptionally broad spectrum of life, showing just how diverse the animal kingdom is.

Extraordinary Animals has been thoroughly researched for scientific accuracy, but is accessibly written in everyday language.
Each entry includes a description of the animal, an explanation of its odd behavior, other interesting scientific and trivial facts, and black and white illustrations. In addition, a fun and interactive Go Look section encourages readers to go look for the animals in the outside world.


"Ross Piper has written this book clearly and for everyone to read and it is well laid out. One does not need a degree in zoology to enjoy the descriptions and users can dip into it and find out about specific species without having to read the book from cover-to-cover. It is also interesting that one of the entries is for the very extraordinary animal - Humans!"—Reference Reviews, August 1, 2008

"Stories about fascinating animals are great tools for whetting the appetite for knowledge. Teachers and parents will find many good tales for reaching children, including ideas about how to learn more by going out and observing."—American Reference Books Annual, January 1, 2008
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