Field naturalists have observed the activities of weasels for centuries. Their descriptions were often accurate but sometimes misinterpreted the animals? behaviours and underlying explanations for those behaviours. ?Organised natural history? became one of the roots of the science of ecology in the 1920s and by the 1960s scientists had begun to study the biology of weasels with all the critical, objective advantages of modern theory and equipment. Until the first edition of this book appeared in 1989 no one had attempted to explain these results to non-specialist naturalists. But both kinds of knowledge are brought together here ? observations for the traditional naturalist and rigorous measurements and interpretations for modern scientists, integrated into a single, readable account.
This new edition of The Natural History of Weasels and Stoats provides a comprehensive summary of the extensive advances over the last 15 years in our knowledge of these fascinating animals, with a New Zealand chapter focusing on predation problems of the introduced species. This edition, much more than a simple update, is a truly international treatment and a valuable resource.
|Author||King, C. M., Powell, R. A.|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|