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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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Here and there, the two narratives may overlap slightly, but the variety of animals and plants is so immense that I have been able, in most instances, to illustrate such episodes with species other than those described in the earlier book.

Green hardback (gilt lettering to the spine) with Dj (small crease and nick on the edges of the Dj cover), both in fine condition. Broadcast 1 March 1984, this episode deals with the air and those creatures that spend most of their lives in it. First Edition thus, with very numerous full-page coloured photographs throughout; original pictorial boards, black cloth back, backstrip lettered in white, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. By the time you reach an altitude of 1,000 metres, rhododendrons have begun to appear, rather scraggy trees, some 10 metres high, with broad glossy leaves. One thing that distinguishes men from other living creatures is that only men make films about other living creatures, and perhaps one of the most famous and interesting of these film makers is the species known as David Attenborough.Walking over the corded, blistered surface, you can see in the cracks that, only a few inches beneath, it is still red hot. olive green covers with bright gilt lettering to the spine, smart covers, square, secure binding, pages bright and clean, very good + condition. By the end of this book it is difficult to say which is the more astonishing the ingenuity with which individual species contrive a living, or the complexity of their interdependence on each other and on the habitations provided by our planet.

By the time it has settled down and fallen over its last cascade, the water becomes tranquil and rich with nutrients from its banks. Fortunately the book was not damaged but in my opinion the envelope used wasn't fit for purpose and appeared to be the cheapest one they could get away with using.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. 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. 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. Then a fountain of fire, orange red at the sides, piercing yellow at its centre, may spout 50 metres into the air with a sustained roar, like a gigantic jet engine.

So 50 million years ago, as the island continent of India approached Asia, all the major groups of animals and plants that we know today, and indeed almost all the large families within those groups, were already in existence. Indeed, you may walk all day without seeing any living creature, except for a flight of choughs or ravens and, high above, patrolling the hillsides, griffon vultures. The difficulties are not actually experienced by me, because the bits that I do are the easiest bits.

Its temperatures range from those of the tropics in its lower reaches to that of the poles higher up. Termites are among the most successful: in the savannah of Brazil, there are more termite mounds per acre than anywhere else – and where they flourish, the anteater follows. When water reaches such areas, it loses its impetus and drops its sediment, potentially making it very fertile. Among them, if you are very lucky, you might see a little red panda, foxy brown with a furred black-ringed tail and a grizzled head, scrambling through the branches on the lookout for birds’ eggs or berries, insects or mice.

As they change their positions, moving towards the equator or up to the poles, so jungle may turn to tundra and grasslands bake into desert. To access you ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose.

The encapsulation in print of Attenborough's 'Life' series, produced with the BBC over thirty-odd years and arguably the most outstanding and influential natural history broadcasts of all time. Life on Earth covered evolution, Living Planet , ecology, and now The Trials of Life tackles ethology, the study of how animals behave. The air there is so thin that they cannot get enough oxygen into their blood to sustain an infant growing in the womb. This is a UK first edition hardcover published by William Collins in 2021 AND HAND SIGNED BY SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH TO A CUSTOM DESIGNED FRONT END PAPER (NOT A BOOK PLATE).

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