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The Whole Hog
Exploring the Extraordinary Potential of Pigs
Written by Lyall Watson


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-216-4 (1-58834-216-6)

Not all animals are created equal. For a start, pigs have it, sheep don’t; that is, that special quality of intelligence, a sense of play, and a gregariousness that make these tragically misunderstood–yet no less endearing–creatures more like us than any other animal. Best-selling author Lyall Watson takes a delightful look... Read more >

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Meeting the Family
One Man's Journey Through His Human Ancestry
Written by Donovan Webster
Foreword by Spencer Wells


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0573-6 (1-4262-0573-2)

Donovan Webster brings his vivid journalistic gifts to a new subject, tracing our deep genealogy using cutting-edge DNA research to map our eons-old journey from prehistoric Africa into the modern world. With the same genetic haplotype as many white American males, Webster makes an ideal subject–he is a genuine Everyman. While... Read more >
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The Beak of the Finch
A Story of Evolution in Our Time
Written by Jonathan Weiner


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 30, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73337-9 (0-679-73337-X)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

The Beak of the Finch is a revolutionary work of scientific inquiry that tells the story of two evolutionary biologists engaged in an extraordinary investigation among the very species of Galapagos finches that inspired Darwin's early musings on the origin of species. For more than twenty years... Read more >
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Time, Love, Memory
A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior
Written by Jonathan Weiner


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76390-1 (0-679-76390-2)

From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Beak of the Finch, the riveting story of a biologist’s search for the foundations of behavior. Looking over the shoulder of some of the premier scientists in the filed, Jonathan Weiner takes us into their laboratories to show us how pieces of DNA... Read more >

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The Journey of Man
A Genetic Odyssey
Written by Spencer Wells


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 17, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7146-0 (0-8129-7146-9)

Around 60,000 years ago, a man—genetically identical to modern-day humans—lived in Africa. Every person alive today is believed to have descended from him. How did this real-life Adam wind up as the father of us all? What happened to the descendants of other men who lived at the same time? And... Read more >
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Phylogenetic Analysis of Morphological Data
Smithsonian Series in Comparative Evolutionary Biology
Written by John J. Wiens


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2000
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-816-8 (1-56098-816-9)

In this volume, eleven leading systematists provide an overview of recent advances and controversies in morphological phylogenetics. They summarize new methodological developments–including approaches for analyzing ontogenetic data, fossils, morphometric characters, intraspecific variation, and hybrid taxa–and review published studies to evaluate how morphological phylogenetics has actually been practiced. They also discuss the... Read more >

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Evolution for Everyone
How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives
Written by David Sloan Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: December 26, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34092-2 (0-385-34092-3)

2007 Outstanding Academic Title, CHOICE Magazine (American Library Association)

"This is a book of tall claims about evolution: that it can be uncontroversial; that the basic principles are easy to learn; that everyone should want to learn them, once their implications are understood; that evolution and religion...can be brought harmoniously together."--From Evolution... Read more >
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Bats in Question
The Smithsonian Answer Book
Written by Don E. Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 1997
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-739-0 (1-56098-739-1)

Long the subject of myth and superstition, bats have been among the most misunderstood of mammals due to their nocturnal habits, capacity for flight, and strange appearance. Seeking to dispel the myths associated with these remarkable creatures and arguing for their key role in a balanced ecosystem, Bats in Question covers... Read more >

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Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversity
Standard Methods for Mammals
Edited by Don E. Wilson, James D. Nichols, Mercedes Foster, F. Russell Cole and Rasanayagam Rudran


Format: Trade Paperback, 440 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 1996
Price: $36.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-637-9 (1-56098-637-9)

Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversity: Standard Methods for Mammals provides a comprehensive manual for designing and implementing inventories of mammalian biodiversity anywhere in the world and for any group, from rodents to open-country grazers. The book emphasizes formal estimation approaches, which supply data that can be compared across habitats and over... Read more >

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Consilience
The Unity of Knowledge
Written by Edward O. Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 30, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76867-8 (0-679-76867-X)

In this groundbreaking book, American biologist Edward O. Wilson, argues for the fundamental unity of all knowledge and the need to search for consilience--the proof that everything in our world is organized in terms of a small number of fundamental natural laws that comprise the principles underlying every branch of learning... Read more >

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The Future of Life

Written by Edward O. Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76811-1 (0-679-76811-4)

One of the world’s most important scientists, Edward O. Wilson is also an abundantly talented writer who has twice won the Pulitzer Prize. In this, his most personal and timely book to date, he assesses the precarious state of our environment, examining the mass extinctions occurring in our time and the... Read more >
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The Hand
How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture
Written by Frank R. Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 14, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74047-6 (0-679-74047-3)

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"The human hand is so beautifully formed, its actions are so powerful, so free and yet so delicate that there is no thought of its complexity as an instrument; we use it as we draw our breath... Read more >
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Red-Tails in Love
PALE MALE'S STORY--A True Wildlife Drama in Central Park
Written by Marie Winn


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 30, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75846-4 (0-679-75846-1)

Updated Edition—Ten Years Later

The scene of this enchanting (and true) story is the Ramble, an unknown wilderness deep in the heart of New York's fabled Central Park. There an odd and amiable band of nature lovers devote themselves to observing and protecting the park's rich wildlife. When a pair of red-tailed... Read more >
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The Moral Animal
Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
Written by Robert Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1995
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76399-4 (0-679-76399-6)

The Moral Animal is one of the most provocative science books in recent years, as well as one of the most genuinely important. As Wright presents the latest findings in the emerging field of evolutionary psychology--which views human behavior in light of Darwinian theory--Wright unveils the unconscious strategies that shape our... Read more >
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Nonzero
The Logic of Human Destiny
Written by Robert Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75894-5 (0-679-75894-1)

In his bestselling The Moral Animal, Robert Wright applied the principles of evolutionary biology to the study of the human mind. Now Wright attempts something even more ambitious: explaining the direction of evolution and human history, and discerning where history will lead us next.

In Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Wright... Read more >
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Raccoons
A Natural History
Written by Samuel I. Zeveloff


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 2002
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-033-7 (1-58834-033-3)

The word raccoon is drawn from the Native American Algonquian language. Their term arakun roughly translates to “he who scratches with his hands.” Anyone who has found a raccoon rummaging around in a once securely closed trash container can attest to how skillful raccoons are with their front paws. In fact... Read more >
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Microcosm
E. Coli and the New Science of Life
Written by Carl Zimmer


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27686-5 (0-307-27686-4)

A Best Book of the Year
Seed Magazine Granta Magazine The Plain-Dealer


In this fascinating and utterly engaging book, Carl Zimmer traces E. coli's pivotal role in the history of biology, from the discovery of DNA to the latest advances in biotechnology. He reveals the many surprising and alarming parallels between... Read more >
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Snakes in Question, Second Edition
The Smithsonian Answer Book
Written by George R. Zug and Carl H. Ernst


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2004
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-113-6 (1-58834-113-5)

This new edition of Snakes in Question has been completely updated to take into account the most recent research available, offering useful scientific information about snakes while dispelling many widely-circulated myths and common fears. Accompanied by 100 stunning color photographs and written in the popular question-and-answer format of Smithsonian’s “In Question”... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Snakes in Question, Second Edition
The Smithsonian Answer Book
Written by George R. Zug and Carl H. Ernst


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-114-3 (1-58834-114-3)

This new edition of Snakes in Question has been completely updated to take into account the most recent research available, offering useful scientific information about snakes while dispelling many widely-circulated myths and common fears. Accompanied by 100 stunning color photographs and written in the popular question-and-answer format of Smithsonian’s “In Question”... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.
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