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Product Details

  • Paperback: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (Nov. 30 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811733092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811733090
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

NOBA award-winning author Mark Elbroch has contributed to numerous research projects in North America, including the capturing and collaring of cougars and Glacier National Park's bear sign survey. He lives in Vermont.

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Je n'ai pas eu le temps de le regarder en profondeur, mais il me semble TRÈS complet avec beaucoup d'image et d'explication. Je crois qu'il est un outil important pour quelqu'un qui veut identifier des crânes. Malheureusement... est en anglais.
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By Candice on Sept. 24 2013
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Great pictures! Very informative. You will never need another book on North American animal skulls, even explains how to clean and prepare skulls in your own home. My son loves it!
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By Rob on June 4 2009
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This book is everything and then more, excellent photos, great descriptions. If you are looking for a skull id book, this is it!!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
A Comprehensive and Easy-to-Use Guide Dec 15 2006
By Suzie - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a thorough and well-written book, which goes into great detail about the skulls of each North American mammal species, in addition to having a section on birds and reptiles/amphibians. The first several chapters, which I found surprisingly readable given the technical subject matter, are devoted to identifying skull bones and landmarks as well as interpreting the function and meaning behind various skull features, determining age and sex, and even obtaining, cleaning and preparing your own animal skulls. What I found most helpful in this book were the real-life sized illustrations of both skulls and jaws, which the author conveniently locates in one section of the book, for easy comparison. I was amazed at how easy it was to identify skulls I had found in years past- skulls that I had spent hours attempting to identify using information pieced together from the internet and other sources. This book is not only incredibly thorough and rich with information, but also well-organized and easy to understand, with helpful diagrams and plenty of beautiful, detailed illustrations. Overall, it is an excellent book that I will be sure to refer back to many times in the future.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Finally a Real Guide to Skulls Dec 11 2006
By Outside - Published on
Format: Paperback
A complete book on skulls was not available until this one was so beautifully put together. Elbroch introduces the rather complex study of skulls in such a way that anyone can easily learn the language and terms to more precisely discuss and understand their many and varied features. He goes well beyond simply identifying what species a given skull is from and delves into functions of structures of the skull, how they change with age as well as how they compare with those of other species (not to mention variations found within a given species). Mammals (and their jaws, 188 in all), birds (71), amphibians and reptiles (13) are covered in great detail within the 700+ pages of this book. Clear color prints, drawings and heaps of data round out what I believe to be the most comprehensive guide of its kind. Well done Mark and well worth the cost.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great resource! Feb. 26 2007
By Linda - Published on
Format: Paperback
Outstanding book...wonderful photos of animal skulls...I was able to identify a fragment of a skull that I found by using this book. I know that it's the upper jaw of a house cat instead of a bobcat because of the small premolar tooth that bobcats and lynxes never have, cougars and ocelots always have, and house cats sometimes have. Should be on every naturalist's bookshelf.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book Feb. 19 2009
By JRH - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am a college student majoring in Wildlife Management. Identifying skulls is a very important skill for any biologist to have. This book gives a good introduction to the bones of the skull and how to measure the different regions of the skull. I wish that I would have had this book last semester while I was taking Mammalogy because we spent a vast amount of time learning to identify skulls. Larger animals are relatively easy but when you are dealing with small rodents, bats, or shrews... identifying the skulls can be a daunting task to someone without the knowledge or experience. There is a good representation of many of the mammal skulls of North America, as well as a fair amount of bird skulls. There were only a couple things that I found somewhat lacking in the book. There were only a handful of reptile/amphibian skulls in the book, however there were enough for someone unfamiliar to the skulls to get a general feel of the shape and form. Also, I would have liked to have seen some fish skulls displayed. Overall though, a great book and possibly the best addition to my personal library that I have made.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An instant classic! Jan. 7 2007
By Gary Seiser - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the book that trackers and naturalists have needed for a long time. It's finally here and it's outstanding! Now when I take apart an owl pellet I'll be able to determine what the owl was eating, and hence what small wildlife is abundant in that area. And when I'm out and discover part of a skull from a mammal, bird, amphibian, or reptile, I'll be able to find what that is too. Mark Elbrock has done it again: an instant classic, and a book that all trackers and naturalists should have in their collection.