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2012, Hardcover

Dimensions: 10 1/4 x 10 1/4
ISBN: 9781579129125
$30.00
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Skulls
An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection

English Language: English

Author: Simon Winchester


Skulls is a spellbinding exploration of more than 300 different animal skulls­—amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles.

The book tells the rich and fascinating story of skulls, both human and animal, from every perspective imaginable: historical, biographical, 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, the stories and information are riveting and enlightening.

At the center of Skulls is a stunning, never-before-seen-in-any-capacity, visual array of the skulls of more than 300 animals that walk, swim, and fly. The skulls are from the collection of Alan Dudley, a British collector 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 diet.











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