The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 161530472X
  • ISBN-13: 9781615304721
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released April 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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The symbiotic nature of life on Earth is at once beautiful and awe-inspiring. Animals and plants are dependent upon each other for nourishment—a necessity that engenders several predator/prey relationships within the planet's ecosystems. This series provides an up-close examination of many of the world's predominant herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores and their interrelationships. In addition to feeding habits, readers will also learn about each creature's physical characteristics, species distribution, and importance to nature's ecological balance.

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The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey: Carnivores  (ISBN-10: 1615303855 | ISBN-13: 9781615303854)

Sharp-toothed and quick-footed, carnivorous mammals are primed for the hunt. Far from ruthless, however, carnivores—hunters by nature and necessity—are integral to maintaining ecological balance. While predatory behavior often seems grisly, many carnivores are actually omnivorous and many can even be domesticated. This striking volume journeys from secluded forest habitats to our own homes to survey the unique features and behaviors of various species of carnivore. Vivid color photographs accompany the text and provide a detailed look at these amazing creatures.

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The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey: Grazers  (ISBN-10: 1615304657 | ISBN-13: 9781615304653)

While they come in all shapes, textures, and sizes, animals that subsist on the Earth's natural vegetation share many common elements as well. Occupying a unique place in the food chain, grazers all over the Earth provide vital nourishment for carnivores and are often valuable to humans for meat, skins, and various domestic uses. This volume provides a colorful view of these varied and complex creatures as well as the features and behaviors that both bind them together and set them apart.

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The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey: Meat Eaters  (ISBN-10: 1615304045 | ISBN-13: 9781615304042)

Primeval jungles, mountain ranges, and the cover of deep forests are not the only domains of meat-eating creatures. Carnivores also can be found stalking prey from the air, in ocean depths, and marshy swamps. Raptors, sharks, and crocodiles are among the most predominant non-mammalian meat-eaters that rely on hunting or scavenging for survival. This volume examines the various species in this select grouping, investigating the physical characteristics and traits that help these unique animals be successful predators.

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The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey: Primates  (ISBN-10: 1615304088 | ISBN-13: 9781615304080)

From lemurs to apes to human beings, primates are unique among mammals—for example, our brains are large compared to our size. Our complex interactions, intricate social structures, and extensive range of emotions allow us to adapt and thrive in diverse habitats around the globe. In this volume, readers are invited into the many domains of these extraordinary creatures to discover the incredible diversity of primate species. Readers will also learn about the long history of human beings, from our earliest ancestors, the australopiths, to the homo sapiens of today.

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The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey: Rats, Bats, and Xenarthrans  (ISBN-10: 1615304096 | ISBN-13: 9781615304097)

While we may often find them nestled in the corners of our attics or traversing our yards, rodents and bats are more frequently found in nature and originate in a large variety of shapes and sizes. Together they make up over half of the planet's mammal species. While there are only 29 species of xenarthrans—an ancient line of mammals comprised of sloths, anteaters, and armadillos—they are significant players in various ecosystems, as well. This colorful volume considers the features, behaviors, and major species of these three intriguing categories of mammals.

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The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey: Reptiles and Amphibians  (ISBN-10: 161530410X | ISBN-13: 9781615304103)

More than 15,000 species of reptiles and amphibians roam planet Earth today. Believed to be descendents of the dinosaurs, reptiles are scaly and cold-blooded. Amphibians lead something of a double-life, since they are capable of living in terrestrial and aquatic habitats. This colorful volume details the physical characteristics, as well as the breeding and feeding behaviors, of both reptiles and amphibians, with an up-close look at many of these remarkable creatures.

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