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Living Planet: A new, fully updated edition of David Attenborough’s seminal portrait of life on Earth

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So there are small, brilliantly coloured birds feeding from large blossoms on the slopes of the Andes which look very like the sunbirds of the Himalayas, but which belong to a quite different family of birds, and the heavy-fleeced sure-footed beast of burden that the Andean people use is the llama, a kind of camel, and not a kind of cow like the Himalayan yak.

But the Kali Gandaki had enough strength to cut through the soft rocks as fast as they rose so that they formed the great cliffs of crumpled strata that can now be seen on either side of its valley. From their anatomy and the chemical constituents of the rocks in which their fossilised remains are found, we can be quite certain that they lived in the sea. To access your ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose.A new fully updated narrative edition of David Attenborough’s seminal biography of our world, Living Planet .

Similar environments lead to similar adaptations and produce animals in different parts of the world which come from quite different ancestors, but which bear a marked resemblance to one another. Immensely powerful though we are today, it's equally clear that we’re going to be even more powerful tomorrow. However, the index has been compiled to serve as a glossary in which each organism is given not only a page reference but also its scientific name, so a reader who wishes to know precisely what family, genus or species is being referred to can discover by looking it up in the index.Somewhat shy and not always easy to film in his natural habitat, we're lucky here to see the David Attenborough at work on his latest and greatest project, The Living Planet.

Two-thirds of the surface of this unique planet are covered by water, and it was here indeed that life began.As you leave it, you leave behind all the birds and the mammals that depended on the pine trees, directly or indirectly, for shelter and food. More birds occupy the forest canopy during the summer than at any other time of year, feeding on a myriad of insects. This is a revised and updated edition of the book published in 1984 which was a companion piece to a documentary Attenborough did of the same name. Three paperbacks(a couple of creases,nicks and scratch on the covers) with a slipcase(a couple of nicks and scratches on the slipcase),both in fine condition. And in the depths of the forest, foraging on the ground or roosting in the trees, you may catch a glimpse of one of the most glorious birds in the world, a tragopan – a pheasant the size of a turkey, with ultramarine wattles and crimson feathers marvellously decorated with chains of white spots.

In the Chitwan National Park and Valmiki Tiger Reserve, rhinoceros munch the lush vegetation and tigers prowl through the bamboo thickets. Jungles covered part of Asia then, as they do now, and plants and animals from them found conditions that suited them in the low foothills on the southern flanks of the new ranges. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item.

Attenborough remarks that it is man who has been most responsible for changing ocean environments by fishing relentlessly, but in doing so has also created new ones for himself – and this leads to the final episode. You might well suppose that the source of the river lay on the nearside, southern flanks of this immense barrier of rock and ice. Though this seems inconceivably distant to us, a species that has only been in existence for less than half a million years, in terms of the history of life as a whole it was a comparatively recent event. Broadcast 15 March 1984, this instalment details coastal environments and the effect of tides, of which the highest can be found in the Bay of Fundy in North America. If you approach upwind, much of the heat as well as the ash is blown away from you, so that you can stand within 50 metres of the vent without scorching your face, though when the wind veers, ash will begin to fall around you and large red-hot lumps land with a thud and a sizzle in the snow nearby.

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