Birdbooker Report 35

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“One cannot have too many good bird books”
–Ralph Hoffmann, Birds of the Pacific States (1927).

The Birdbooker Report is a special weekly report of wide variety of science, nature and behavior books that are or soon will be available for purchase. This report is written by one of my Seattle birding pals and book collector, Ian “Birdbooker” Paulsen, and is published here for your enjoyment. Here’s this week’s issue of the Birdbooker Report by which lists ecology, environment, natural history and bird books that are (or will soon be) available for purchase.


  1. Fedonkin, Mikhail A. et al. The Rise of Animals: Evolution and Diversification of the Kingdom Animalia. 2008. Johns Hopkins University Press. Hardbound: 326 pages. Price: $75.00 U.S. [Amazon: $60.00]. SUMMARY: This book covers animal evolution during the Precambrian Era. The book is divided into four parts:
    1. The Background: The Archean and Proterozoic Eons.
    2. The Fossil Sites: Rare and Extraordinary.
    3. Other Evidence of Animalia.
    4. A Dramatic Crossroads- The Cambrian “Explosion”?

    A useful “Atlas of Precambrian Metazoans” fossils is included towards the end of the book. Anyone interested in the early evolution of animals will want this book!

The following titles have been remaindered:

  1. In Search of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker by Jerome Jackson. Was: $15.95, NOW: $3.95. [Hamilton Books]. SUMMARY: The author’s search for one of the few remaining ivory bills takes him across the US and into Cuba, while presenting a complete natural history of one of the most exciting and rare birds in the world. A new epilogue disputes the 2005 rediscovery of the elusive bird. Color photos. 322 pages. Published by Smithsonian.
  2. The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: Great Discoveries. by David Quammen. Was: $22.95, NOW: $5.95. [Hamilton Books]. SUMMARY: Even more than 150 years after publishing his theory of evolution, Charles Darwin remains not only central to biology and medicine but also deeply and abidingly controversial. This biography presents a meticulous, humane portrait of the man, and a lucid explanation of his work. 304 pages. Published by Norton.
  3. Pterosaurs from Deep Time by David M. Unwin. Was: $39.95, NOW: $7.95. [Hamilton Books]. SUMMARY: Here is the first complete portrait of the legendary flying dragons of deep time, designed for non specialists, but founded on the real science of these bizarre creatures. Presented lucidly and accessibly by one of the world’s leading experts, this book is built on a mountain of new fossil discoveries and the latest research. Well illustrated, most in color. 347 pages. Published by PI Press.

About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Birdbooker Report 35

  1. RM says:

    The Ivory-Billed book looks interesting. Actually, all of those look good.