The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals (Natural World)

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The author seeks to cover all the known species of African land mammal in this text, providing full information on identification, distribution, ecology, evolutionary relationships and conservation status. The focus is always on the mammals as seen in the field and on their ecology and evolutionary interrelationships. Introductory profiles summarize the characteristics of the various mammal groups and the author simplifies many of the more complex groups of mammals by referencing genera. The author combines his long personal experience of life in Africa with natural history and biological science to create this comprehensive reference work.

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Since the appearance of his seven-volume encyclopaedia of East African mammals in the 1970's, Kingdon has become a figure of high distinction in conservationist circles. His extraordinary talents as a writer and painter have been dedicated to astonishingly beautiful and detailed records of African fauna and the ecosystems that sustain them. This makes his new field guide rather more than a handbook. . . . The richness of information is exemplary. The illustrations would make a big cat purr. . . . . It is one of Kingdon's strengths, both as a naturalist and as an artist, that he is interested in how animals look and feel to each other. . . . His drawings and paintings stress the elegant functionality of body geometry, the way animals use facial and body patterns for visual signalling.

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Jonathan Kingdon is one of the world's foremost authorities on African mammals. His books include "The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals" and "Lowly Origin: Where, When, and Why Our Ancestors First Stood Up" (both Princeton).

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