Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Evolution, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Michael Hutchins, Valerius Geist, Eric Pianka
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  • ISBN-10: 1414486707
  • ISBN-13: 9781414486703
  • DDC: 576.8
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 371 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released March 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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Based on the acclaimed print series, Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, 2nd Ed., this new full-color volume covers evolution in detail. Written for students and general researchers, Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Evolution explores its topic from a scientific viewpoint. The volume is also the first to include comprehensive coverage of recent ideas and discoveries in the field. Each of the 36 entries was written by a nationally renowned subject specialist and peer-reviewed by the editor-in-chief and an editorial board of academic experts specializing in evolutionary thought. Each entry contains an authoritative and clear treatment of the topic, comprehensive in both scope and coverage. Entries also contain full-color images to complement, clarify and add detail to the text.

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Features and Benefits

  • 36 peer-reviewed articles.
  • Full-color photos and illustrations.
  • Contributors from subject experts at institutions including New York University, Tel Aviv University, University of Melbourne, American Zoo and Aquarium Association, University of Cambridge, University of California and many others.



  • Michael Hutchins
  • Valerius Geist
  • Eric Pianka

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  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 1414486693 | ISBN-13: 9781414486697


"H. C. Bernhard Grzimek hoped his original encyclopedia would disseminate knowledge of the animals and love for them. This is also a goal of the revised edition; it does not disappoint. Authoritative writing in a style accessible to the general reader, comprehensive coverage, a taxonomic arrangement to facilitate comparison between species, consistent organization, ample color illustrations and photographs, incorporation of current research, and the inclusion of conservation status and the significance of the animal to humans make Grzimek's an excellent choice for academic, large public, and special libraries."--Booklist (April 2004)

— Booklist

"Originally published in German in 1967 and translated into English in the 1970s, Grzimek's earned a reputation as the most comprehensive and authoritative information source on animals. Now this acclaimed encyclopedia is being completely revised to incorporate more than 30 years of scientific knowledge and discovery... Retaining the character of the first edition, the editors focused on updating the information and revising the text, but the most significant change is a vastly improved structure. Well-organized sections replace the long, endless narratives characteristic of the first edition, thus making the revised edition much easier to use, especially for the nonbiologist... Over 5,000 color illustrations and 3,500 maps were created specifically for this edition. Approximately 3,500 new color photographs are included as well... Even after 30 years, the original Grzimek's is still considered a core title for reference collections. Biologists and nonbiologists alike will appreciate the excellent organization, well-written text, and beautiful illustrations. Gale will also publish e-books of the volumes, available through netLibrary, as the printed editions come out. Judging from the volumes released thus far, users will not be disappointed with this new edition. Highly recommended for all types of libraries." -- Library Journal (February 2003)

— Library Journal

"... Over 5,000 color illustrations and 3,500 maps were created specifically for this edition. Approximately 3,500 new color photographs are included as well... Even after 30 years, the original Grzimek's is still considered a core title for reference collections." -- Library Journal (February 2003)

— Library Journal

"The second edition of Grzimek's, essential in reference for more than 30 years, builds on the work's high quality. Expanded from 13 to 17 volumes, it includes recent knowledge and is repackaged with new photographs, drawings, and layout. The original work used narrative style, but the second edition divides chapters into specific topic areas, still enjoyable to read but easier to find...Besides the introductory material, the strength of the work and the bulk of the material are found at higher taxonomic levels. Family chapters precede selected species accounts that include excellent watercolors, distribution maps (new to this edition), common names in English, German, French, and Spanish, signigicance to humans, and conservation status..Excellent layout, stunning artwork, and unmatched coverage. Summing Up: Essential. Academic and public libraries."--Choice (September 2004)

— Choice

"�Enjoyable reading� is not usually a phrase used in descriptions of encyclopedias, yet these four volumes of the second edition of Grzimek�s Animal Life Encyclopedia provide just that. Part of a 17-volume rewrite of the original 13-volume edition published beginning in 1967, these volumes exhibit excellence in writing, organization, illustration, and editing...These volumes are recommended for academic and larger public libraries." -- Booklist (December 2003)

— Booklist

"Most encyclopedias possess an inherent and consistent format�a fact that was questionable with earlier Grzimek encyclopedia works. Now published by Thomson Gale in affiliation with the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, this previous shortcoming is clearly no longer an issue...In the hands of Thomson Gale with the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, Grzimek�s Animal Life Encyclopedia becomes the standard in zoological encyclopedias. The content and scope of Mammals along with the format will provide depth and breadth to life science collections. Mammals is not only readable, but suitable for all school libraries supporting advanced science curricula, and for all public, college, and university libraries." -- ARBA (Annual 2004)


"This substantial reorganization now clearly separates the general descriptions of animal orders and families from the species accounts. Distribution maps have been vastly improved, and the text is accompanied by numerous color photographs, plates, and other graphics. Nearly 100 ornithologists, curators, professors, and zookeepers contributed to the bird volumes, and a brief bibliography has been appended to each section. Taxonomic controversies are carefully noted. Don't discard the earlier set, however; much of the anecdotal material in the original Grzimek set, deleted for space, remains valid and suppliements the revised text well." -- College & Research Library News (February 2003)

— College & Research Library News

"A celebrity. The first edition -- 13 volumes published 1972-75, and cited in Books for College Libraries 3rd ed., Guide to Reference Books, Public Library Catalog, Walford¿s is surely the most widely available reference on the animal kingdom (humans are granted ten pages)." -- SciTech Book News (December 2004)

— SciTech Book News

Table of Contents

Contributing writers.
Scientific Methods and Human Knowledge.
Creation Stories: The Human Journey to Understand the Origins of Life on Earth.
History of Evolutionary Thought.
Charles Darwin.
Mechanisms of Evolutionary Change.
Origins of the Universe.
Origins of Life on Earth.
Speciation: The Origins of Diversity.
Species Nomenclature, Classification and Problems of Application.
The Fossil Record: A Window to the Past.
What Does the Fossil Record Tell Us About Evolution?
Biogeography: The Distribution of Life.
Genetics: The Blueprint of Life.
Genes and Development.
Evolutionary Ecology.
Adaptation and evolutionary change.
Sexual Selection.
Kin Selection.
Optimal Reproductive Tactics and Life History Theory.
Evolutionary Physiology.
Industrial Melanism in Moths.
Galapagos Finches.
Artificial Selection.
Convergent Evolution and Ecological Equivalence.
Evolution of the Animal Eye.
Evolution of Flight.
Evolution of Limblessness.
Canid Evolution: From Wolf to Dog.
Non-human Primate and Human Evolution.
Evolution of the Brain and Nervous System.
Evolution of Language.
Evolutionary Medicine and the Biology of Health.
Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation.
Sexual Reproduction.
Importance and Relevance of Evolution in Contemporary Society.
Further Reading.