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Whoa, when'd this horse get so high. ooop
But what's to review - it's e.e. cummings, it's great
Now I must get back to my toboganning into know
P.S. e.e. cummings was emphatic about his name being in lower case, so I do have to criticize the Editors of this book for putting his name in caps
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The book has excellent illustrations, paintings, and photographs, and biographies of several prominent shark researchers, conservationists, and shark-hunters. But more importantly, this book does a good job of summarizing aspects of the biology, ecology, and evolution of this amazing and intruiging group of animals.
Is this "the" definitive shark book? I would say that's a safe statement for the non-technical crowd. The only thing it needs to keep the technical crowd happy is a comprehensive list of references to scientific literature that was used to provide the information detailed in the book.
If you are interested in marine life, and in the lives and times of this group of top predators, then this book is for you.
Top marks, even though some of the information is becoming somewhat dated.
There are outstanding collections of line drawings in the text -- a method of illustration I prefer to photographs for most instructional purposes.
There is good coverage of invertebrate animal groups, but, since it's published in 1994, there are a few places where the book is becoming dated. There is, for example, no information about the Cycliophora, the latest invertebrate phyla to be proposed.
I hope that there will continue to be new editions of this text produced. I cut my teeth on the 3rd edition, and other editions have figured prominently as I have worked through my graduate and professional careers.
Top-notch material. If you are considering which text to select for an invertebrate zoology course, I urge you to give this book a look.
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I'm going to read the book once more now, and try again to figure out what the experience of being in the sixth dimension might be like...
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