[Skulls author Simon Winchester] PDF/EBOOK


Skulls author Simon Winchester

review Skulls author Simon Winchester Ö eBook or Kindle ePUB free read Skulls author Simon Winchester Llector and owner of what is probably the largest and most complete private collection of skulls in the world Every skull is beautifully photographed to show several angles and to give the reader the most intimate view possible Each includes a short explanatory paragraph and a data box with information on the animal's taxonomy behavior and dietSkulls was published in December 2011 as an e book for the iPad by the innovative e book publishers Touch Press creators of the best selling e books for iPad The Elements and Solar System Both books were also published in print by Black Dog Leventhal This book s title is right about one thing and that is that Alan Dudley s collection of skulls is definitely curious Whether or not that is a good sort of curiosity or not is up for debate but it is a curious collection without dispute The origins of this book are somewhat odd Alan Dudley himself happens to be an English collector of skulls who has perhaps the largest private collection in the world of which this book represents only about a seventh or so some 300 of the than 2000 skulls in the collection Dudley ran afoul of various English laws involving the importation of skulls of various protected animals and appears to have sought in this book some means of recovering his reputation and increasing his popularity through sharing at least some of what he has collected with a friendly audience And if you like the macabre as I do there is a great deal to enjoy here He certainly has chosen wisely in having his collection and its context narrated by Simon Winchester although it must be freely admitted that the real stars of the show are the creepy skulls themselvesThis book of about 250 pages of lushly photographed skulls mostly from Dudley s collection with some supplements begins with an introduction and some notes on the collector as well as the collection by Simon Winchester After this there are a few pages of amphibian skulls some frogs and newts followed by a couple of essays Then there are about 50 pages of pictures of the skulls of birds a wide variety including seabirds birds of prey game birds kingfighers and hornbills toucans and woodpeckers nightjars and swifts flightless large birds owls parrots passerines penguins pigeons wading birds and waterbirds including essays on the Dodo as well as pseudocience There is a lengthy chapter containing a variety of fish skulls including eels with essays about the iconography of skulls including the importance of skulls in Mexican culture There is a large essay of nearly 100 pages about mammal skulls including a wide variety of mammals even egg laying mammals sadly no echidnas as well as a lot of primates and rodents and even some oddball animals like the rock hyrax and tapir and tenrec The last chapter contains skulls of various reptiles including alligators and crocodiles lizards and snacks and various turtles and tortoises Ultimately it is not clear whether or not this book succeeds at its purpose of making Alan Dudley and his immensely creepy collection of skulls some of them in very excellent condition appealing to the wider public This is not necessarily the fault of either Winchester or photographer Mann as the photography in this book is amazing in its detail and sensitivity and Winchester turns in his customary work of putting the creepy skulls in a larger context including discussions of anatomy as well as the cultural and symbolic importance of skulls within history Overall this book appears mainly a chance for Dudley to share some of his notable finds for Winchester to wax elouent on them and for Mann to take some amazing photographs of them And if you happen to like skulls there is a great deal to appreciate even if one does find them occasionally a bit off putting For the most part the book does seek to present Dudley as an ethical skull collector and it is likely that he will be viewed as merely eccentric and not as a risk to threatened and endangered animals after this particular book which is likely for the best

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review Skulls author Simon Winchester Ö eBook or Kindle ePUB free read Skulls author Simon Winchester Al cultural and iconographic Presenting details about the parts of the skull including the cranium the mandible the shape and positioning of the eye sockets and species specific features like horns teeth beaks and bills information about the science and pseudoscience of skulls and a look at skulls in religion art and popular culture his stories and information are riveting and enlighteningAt the center of Skulls is a stunning never before seen in any capacity visual array of the skulls of than 300 animals that walk swim and fly The skulls are from the collection of Alan Dudley a British co Someone please buy me this magnificent bookI ve never had a useful photobook for painting Never I ve never seen a beautiful array of skeletal biodiversity in such a lovely package I just Need this you guys

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review Skulls author Simon Winchester Ö eBook or Kindle ePUB free read Skulls author Simon Winchester Skulls is a beautiful spellbinding exploration of than 300 different animal skulls amphibians birds fish mammals and reptiles written by New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester and produced in collaboration with Theodore Gray and Touch Press the geniuses behind The Elements and Solar SystemIn Skulls best selling author Simon Winchester author of The Professor and the Madman; Atlantic A Biography of the Ocean; Krakatoa The Day the World Exploded; and others tells the rich and fascinating story of skulls both human and animal from every perspective imaginable historical biographic The skulls on display here range from oddly cute to the stuff of nightmares All are fascinating You come away with a whole new appreciation of the way in which life forms evolve and adapt to their places in the ecosystem Most of the skulls in Dudley s collection are antiues or came from deceased zoo animals However it is easy to see how the passion for collecting could lead to unethical behavior We read in the beginning of the book how Dudley was charged for buying a few skulls that were obviously poached This lends a bit of sadness to the book Skulls is interesting from an animal welfare prospective in another way Examining the skulls of certain pedigree breeds helps us understand just to what degrees we have changed animals physiology in pursuit of the perfect look and what unpleasant lives we may be subjecting our beloved pet animals to in the process The skull of a normal domestic cat for example is a fascinating miniature replica of those of the mighty big cats who prowl the plains forests and jungles The skull of the Persian cat however is a sad crushed looking thing The skulls of brachycephalic dog breeds such as the Boxer and Boston terrier tell a similar tale of looks over comfort for the animal The author is not afraid to speculate that these animals must have difficulty breathing It seems that in the UK folks are not as afraid to take breed fanciers to task and demand that they create sound animals while the issue remains largely taboo in the US perhaps due to breeders groups influence in US legislatures

  • Hardcover
  • 256
  • Skulls author Simon Winchester
  • Simon Winchester
  • English
  • 13 January 2020
  • 9781579129125

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    [Skulls author Simon Winchester] PDF/EBOOK characters · eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Simon Winchester Simon Winchester ☆ 3 download Most people who like natural history and the outdoor world are in my experience entranced by skulls We find them beautiful assuming the stinky parts are long gone and they tell tales about the species and the individual The individual tales ar

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    free read Skulls author Simon Winchester Simon Winchester ☆ 3 download characters · eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Simon Winchester In our bodies the framework for muscles tendons and ligaments is the skeleton topped by a skull a face as uniue as each creature itself Whether it be a reptile primate eel catfish frog newt or penguin the skull houses the central processing unit the brain This powers each animal bird or snake Teeth highlight the jaw and in some a prominent brow ridge or horns crown the whole in magnificent gloryAlan Dudley was fascinated by skul

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    characters · eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Simon Winchester Simon Winchester ☆ 3 download free read Skulls author Simon Winchester The skulls on display here range from oddly cute to the stuff of nightmares All are fascinating You come away with a whole new appreciation of the way in which life forms evolve and adapt to their places in the eco

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    [Skulls author Simon Winchester] PDF/EBOOK The skulls in this book range from the ho hum to the truly amazing and terrifying I will never think of fishes the same way The photographs are really gorgeous and the small blurb describing each skull provides enough information to the lay reader so that it does not become burdensome I also appreciated the taxonomy included all the way to the Genus level Skulls that gave me pause were the Axolotl the Dodo the Atlantic Wolfish the

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    Simon Winchester ☆ 3 download characters · eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Simon Winchester [Skulls author Simon Winchester] PDF/EBOOK Someone please buy me this magnificent bookI've never had a useful photobook for painting Never I've never seen a beautiful

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    [Skulls author Simon Winchester] PDF/EBOOK Simon Winchester ☆ 3 download free read Skulls author Simon Winchester Uniue book and portrait of a fascinating collection

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    [Skulls author Simon Winchester] PDF/EBOOK characters · eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Simon Winchester Simon Winchester ☆ 3 download This book's title is right about one thing and that is that Alan Dudley's collection of skulls is definitely curious  Whether or not that is a good sort of curiosity or not is up for debate but it is a curious collection without dispute  The origins of this book are somewhat odd  Alan Dudley himself happens to be an En

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    free read Skulls author Simon Winchester [Skulls author Simon Winchester] PDF/EBOOK This is a very interesting book As promised it explores Alan Dudley's skull collection from five vertebrate classes It also contains longer sections between the photographs exploring skulls from biological historical anthropological and cultural perspectives Even if you don't have time for the longer sections the photography provides an engaging flip throughThere is a disclaimer in the beginning that the photographs are

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    Simon Winchester ☆ 3 download characters · eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Simon Winchester [Skulls author Simon Winchester] PDF/EBOOK This book is gorgeous The collection is amazing and the photography is beautifully done and well lit The skulls are on a black background which seems to intensify the details I was afraid there wouldn't be many

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    [Skulls author Simon Winchester] PDF/EBOOK Simon Winchester ☆ 3 download Really interesting survey of a collection There's such a variety of skulls explored with facts about the animals and personal blurbs from Alan Dudley The photographs of the skulls are beautifully rendered

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