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The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals

The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals
Don E. Wilson & Sue Ruff, eds.
Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution, 1999
QL715 S55 1999

America north of Mexico is home to more than four hundred species of mammals. In this comprehensive volume more than 450 color and black and white photographs and detailed, accessibly written descriptions survey the rich and varied world of North American mammals - from familiar species such as bears, deer, seals, squirrels, and rabbits to those that are more secretive or obscure, including shrews, bats, and voles.

Written by more than two hundred experts, each with extensive experience in the field, descriptions include distribution maps, identification guidelines, scientific and common names, and information on behavior, diet, reproduction, growth, longevity, predation, and habitat preferences. The accounts summarize the current population status of each animal and detail distribution changes owing to human activities.

Organized according to evolutionary relationships, the book covers every species within the North American mammalian orders, including those that inhabit offshore waters. From opossums to manatees, badgers, to pronghorn antelope, this authoritative volume will serve as an invaluable reference for general reader and specialist alike.

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