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The Encyclopedia of Mammals, Second Edition, 3-Volume Set
  • Format
  • Authored by: Edited by Professor David Macdonald
  • Trim Size: 9 x 11 7/8
  • ISBN-10: 0816064946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6494-6
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $325.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 08/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 599.03
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 1000


Praise for the previous edition:
"Carnivores, sea mammals, primates, large herbivores, small herbivores, insect eaters, and marsupials are the stars in this visually stunning work...Any collection supporting a science curriculum would find this set invaluable...well worth the expense. Highly Recommended."—The Book Report, starred review

"After a major revision of both text and graphics, this encyclopedia ..., filled with beautiful photographs, drawings, diagrams, and distribution maps, is a delight to use...[good] graphics, an up-to-date bibliography, and an easy to use format...For all life science collections, secondary school through university." —Choice

"This comprehensive encyclopedia...should reach a broad audience...color photographs, maps, and sketches make the set visually appealing. At the same time, each entry is authoritative and informative enough to be useful to students...an excellent resource. Recommended for all libraries needing a comprehensive, up-do-date animal reference..."—Library Journal

"...presents the latest facts about some 4,600 mammalian species in clearly written, signed entries...The many photographs and illustrations are both beautiful and informative."—School Library Journal

In three comprehensive volumes, The Encyclopedia of Mammals, Second Edition combines developments in natural history and science with a structure that reflects the way the subject is studied. The text, written by a team of advisory editors and some of the world’s top naturalists, is readable, informative, and richly enhanced with more than 500 stunning full-color photographs and drawings.

This revised edition brings to the forefront research in fields such as genetics and immunology that impact our understanding of mammals and their classification.

New features include:

  • Current information on various threats to endangered species during the 21st century
  • Two new essays covering recent developments in mammalian conservation
  • A completely new essay in the Primates section on the evolution of hominids
  • A featured essay on man as a single species.

Key features include:

  • Locator maps that show the distribution of species
  • "Animals in Close-up," hundreds of feature articles that emphasize social behavior and the importance of conservation
  • Factfiles that present key details on individual species or groups of animals, including diet, breeding, habitat, and life expectancy
  • Scientific and common names for all species in the book
  • A glossary that explains biological, genetic, and taxonomic terms
  • A comprehensive index and bibliography.

Coverage includes:

  • Volume I: Marsupials, Insect Eaters, Elephants, Rodents, Index.
  • Volume II: Primates, Shrews, Bats, Weasels, Bears, Seals, Index.
  • Volume III: Dogs, Cats, Hoofed Mammals, Sea Mammals, Whales, Index, Set Index.


Full-color photographs and illustrations. Maps, charts, and diagrams. Indexes. Appendixes. Bibliography. Glossary. Web sites. In three volumes.

About the Author(s)

Professor David Macdonald is Director of Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit and A.D. White Professor at Cornell University. He is also vice-chairman of the European Society of Mammalogists. Macdonald is a successful documentary filmmaker and has won the Natural History Author of the Year award twice. He resides in Oxfordshire, England.

Reviews and Awards

"This new edition significantly updates an essential work. It will be useful in all academic libraries and most medium and large public libraries."
American Reference Books Annual

"Distinguished by outstanding color photographs, this authoritative encyclopedia provides an overview of more than 5,000 species. Written at a level accessible to undergraduates as well as the general reader by an outstanding team of subject experts, the work has broad appeal...recommended for public and academic libraries..."

"The profiles are much enhanced by the title's most enticing feature: a huge array of big, sharp color photos of individual animals and groups and breathtaking shots of nature in action and graphics...the set provides an unusually inviting bridge to high-level research...a significant addition..."
School Library Journal

"...an excellent survey of the latest developments in mammal science. A team of editors have produced volumes which lend to both serious study and leisure browsing...a delightful resource for any student of natural history."
Midwest Book Review

"The volumes are richly illustrated with full-color photographs, paintings, and other images."
SciTech Book News

"...colorful, comprehensive...A great addition to any library or classroom."
SLJ Curriculum Connections

"Beautiful pictures enhance the text and illustrate the animal’s life in the wild...an essential reference source. The attractive layout, illustrations, and interesting information make the books impressive for both research and browsing...Recommended."
Library Media Connection

"Editor's Choice Award, 2007"
- Library Media Connection

"Honor Book, 2007" (Science, Grades 7-12 category)
- Society of School Librarians International

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