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A beautiful guide to Earth's wildlife and natural history, including its rocks, minerals, animals, plants, fungi, microorganisms and more!
Introducing The Natural History Book – a complete guide to the nature and wildlife of our world and written by a worldwide team of natural history experts. In the 11 years since the book was originally released, thousands of new species have been identified, and new revelations have redrawn the tree of life.
Already featuring galleries of more than 5,000 species, The Natural History Book has since been updated to include dynamic discoveries such as the olinguito (the “kitty bear” of the Andean cloud forest), and a new species of deep-sea Bolosoma glass sponge photographed by the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, alongside a reorganization of the groups of living things to reflect the latest scientific understanding.
Explore each and every page of this stunning nature book to discover:
- A full-color gallery of over 5,000 species
- Over 500 rocks, minerals and fossils are featured throughout
- Includes a glossary of important natural history terms
- Specially-commissioned photographs showcase wildlife in close-up detail
This treasure-trove of natural history is accompanied with easy-to-read, accessible information and beautifully-striking imagery, making it a riveting reference guide to pass down for generations to come. The only book to offer a complete visual survey of all kingdoms of life, this nature book for adults is the perfect addition to every family bookshelf, as well as an ideal gift for the nature, animal and plant lover in your life! Gardeners, hikers, and visitors to wildlife parks and natural history museums alike would also love this niche nature book, which also doubles up as the perfect coffee table book.
Split into 6 core chapters, covering Living Earth, Minerals, Rocks and Fossils, Microscopic Life, Plants, Fungi, and Animals – there truly is something for everyone to explore, love and learn. From granites to grape vines, from microbes to mammals, The Natural History Book is the ultimate celebration of the diversity of the natural world.
Established in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution--the world's largest museum and research complex--includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. The Smithsonian's collections contain an estimated 137 million artifacts, works of art, and specimens, 126 million of which are in the National Museum of Natural History.
David Burnie (Consulting Editor)
David Burnie is a former winner of the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the editor of DK's highly successful Animal. He has written or contributed to more than 100 books and is a fellow of the Zoological Society of London.