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David Burnie - Author

About the Author

David Burnie studied zoology and botany and has worked as a nature reserve ranger and biologist. He has written or contributed to many award-winning books and multimedia titles. His "Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia" was nominated for the U.K.'s Aventis Prize.

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The Kingfisher Nature Encyclopedia

The Kingfisher Nature Encyclopedia

Author: David Burnie Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Kingfisher's encyclopedias are award-winning, information-packed reference books for all the family. The new, updated Classic editions are beautiful versions of these trusted favourites - perfect for gifts and reference alike. THE KINGFISHER CLASSIC NATURE ENCYCLOPEDIA explores the amazing diversity of life on Earth, from microscopic organisms to giant redwoods and blue whales, and on every part of the Earth's surface from tropical rainforests to dark ocean depths. If you want one nature encyclopedia, this is it!

First Dinosaur Picture Atlas

First Dinosaur Picture Atlas

Author: David Burnie Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Beautifully illustrated by children's artist Anthony Lewis, with lively age-appropriate text by zoologist and environmentalist David Burnie, the First Dinosaur Picture Atlas explains where dinosaurs came from and how they lived in different habitats across the world. An adorable dinosaur-shaped bookmark takes readers on a journey around the globe, helping them identify different species of dinosaur in an absorbing look-and-find game. In addition to the colourful maps showing the world's continents, superb full-page illustrations take readers deeper into the different habitats of the prehistoric world to show how and where dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures lived. This atlas will delight young children and is the perfect first dinosaur reference book for both home and school.

The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia

The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia

Author: David Burnie Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/11/2018

Meet an amazing menagerie of creatures on this breathtaking safari through the animal kingdom. The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia spans the Earth from pole to pole, covering 2000 animals from the tiniest protozoan to the mightiest mammal. Each entry describes the animal's characteristics, behaviour and distribution, and gives their Latin names. The meticulously researched information is highlighted by clear, authoritative writing and more than 1000 photographs and illustrations. Throughout the book, special feature panels focus on various aspects of animal behaviour, such as camouflage, migration and hibernation. With comprehensive back-matter including a glossary, alternative name index, and general index, this one-stop reference tool is perfect for research or for browsing by animal-lovers of all ages.

Navigators: Mammals

Navigators: Mammals

Author: David Burnie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2014

Mammals gives you the full story of these fantastic creatures, journeying through an amazing array of habitats from the top to the bottom of the globe. Join a pack of wolves on their chase for prey across a wintry landscape, glide through an underwater kelp forest with otters and sealions, and shrink down into the miniature underground world of burrowing rodents.

Navigators: Dinosaurs

Navigators: Dinosaurs

Author: David Burnie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2012

DINOSAURS journeys around the world, delving through layers of fossil evidence to uncover the secrets of prehistoric life. Step back in time and unearth some of the most awesome dinosaur specimens yet discovered. Find out about fierce fighting dinosaurs and horned dinosaurs, and discover how dinosaur hunters build pictures of the lives of these amazing beasts.

Countdown to Extinction

Countdown to Extinction

Author: David Burnie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

Today, there are over 6.5 billion people in the world. Together, we take up more space, eat more food and create more waste than any other form of life. Human dominance may be good news for us, but it's bad news for many other animals that share the planet with us. David Burnie looks at extinction from the mass wipe-out of the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago, to the probable extinction of the tiger within the next ten years. He covers many species from the cuddly and much-loved panda to the less attractive thylacine, classed as vermin but no less valuable to the ecological balance of the planet. All sorts of animals are represented, from the feathered and winged to the slimy and scaly.

Countdown to Disaster

Countdown to Disaster

Author: David Burnie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2010

The world is in danger! From gigantic eruptions to asteroid collisions natural disasters have the power to devastate life on Earth. Find out why these disasters occur, what effects they have on our surroundings and how likely each disaster is to strike again. Find out what we are doing to avoid disasters in the future, and how people are learning to live with the threat of an earthquake or volcano on their doorstep.

Countdown to Disaster

Countdown to Disaster

Author: David Burnie Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2009

Most people like a good scare, which is why disaster stories make gripping films. But some disasters are so colossal that no film could ever do them justice. They have happened ever since life first appeared on Earth, and another one could strike at any time. From gigantic eruptions to collisions with asteroids, they have the power to devastate life on Earth, or even to wipe it out all together. Countdown to Disaster explains how these disasters happen, and how likely each kind is to strike. It looks into the past, showing when they have occurred, and what effect they had. Even more importantly, it looks forwards, explaining what would happen if one of these disasters happened today - is there anything we can do? Includes topics such as supervolcanoes, global warming and asteroids. This is a companion volume to Countdown to Extinction.

Endangered Planet

Endangered Planet

Author: David Burnie Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2004

Kingfisher Knowledge is a groundbreaking new series for readers hungry for information on today's hot topics. Lively, engaging text, packed with information, accompanies stunning photographs that enhance each chapter. Amazing, state-of-the-art digital artwork guides readers into the fascinating heart of the subject. This learning adventure does not stop there - information panels throughout lead the reader to further discovery. Each chapter offers website links, book lists, places to visit and career information. Endongered Planet is a timely examination of the health of the ecosytems that support life on Earth. Today, humans influence every habitat in the world. From the local activities of tribes in New Guinea to the global impact of ever-expanding cities, natural cycles have been altered to meet human demands. Now the Earth is at risk as never before - dozens of species are wiped out each year, coasts and oceans are fouled with massive spills of oil, grasslands and forests are destroyed to feed the insatiable appetite of modern agriculture. With time running out, this book is an essential reminder of our responsibilities to safeguard our fragile home.

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