What We Are Reading Today: Canids of the World

Updated 26 August 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: Canids of the World

This stunningly illustrated and easy-to-use field guide covers every species of the world’s carnivorous animals, from the gray wolf of North America to the dholes of Asia, from African jackals to the South American bush dog.
It features more than 150 superb color plates, depicting every kind of carnivorous animals and detailed facing-page species accounts which describe key identification features, morphology, distribution, sub-speciation, habitat, and conservation status in the wild, according to a review on the Princeton University Press website.
The book also includes distribution maps and tips on where to observe each species, making Canids of the World the most comprehensive and user-friendly guide to these intriguing and spectacular mammals.
The book covers every species and subspecies of carnivorous animals by featuring more than 150 color plates with over 600 photos from around the globe.
It depicts species in similar poses for quick and easy comparisons, describing key identification features, habitat, behavior, reproduction, and much more.
The guide draws on the latest taxonomic research on the subject and includes distribution maps and tips on where to observe each species.


What We Are Reading Today: Stripped Bare: The Art of Animal Anatomy by David Bainbridge

Stripped Bare
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What We Are Reading Today: Stripped Bare: The Art of Animal Anatomy by David Bainbridge

  • Stripped Bare brings together some of the most arresting images ever produced, from the earliest studies of animal form to the technicolor art of computer-generated anatomies

For more than 2,000 years, comparative anatomy — the study of anatomical variation among different animal species — has been used to make arguments in natural philosophy, reinforce religious dogma, and remind us of our own mortality. This stunningly illustrated compendium traces the intertwined intellectual and artistic histories of comparative anatomy from antiquity to today.

Stripped Bare brings together some of the most arresting images ever produced, from the earliest studies of animal form to the technicolor art of computer-generated anatomies. David Bainbridge draws on representative illustrations from different eras to discuss the philosophical, scientific, and artistic milieus. He vividly describes the unique aesthetics of each phase of anatomical endeavor, providing new insights into the exquisite anatomical drawings of Leonardo and Albrecht Dürer in the era before printing, Jean Héroard’s cutting and cataloging of the horse during the age of Louis XIII, the exotic pictorial menageries of the Comte de Buffon in the 18th century, anatomical illustrations from Charles Darwin’s voyages, lavish symmetries of ErnstHaeckel’s prints, and much, much more.

Featuring a wealth of breathtaking color illustrations throughout, Stripped Bare is a panoramic tour of the intricacies of vertebrate life as well as an expansive history of the peculiar and beautiful ways humans have attempted to study and understand the natural world.