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David Attenborough

Autor(a) de Life on Earth: A Natural History

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Written with David Attenborough's characteristic charm, humour and warmth, Journeys to the Other Sid of the World is an inimitable adventure among people, places and the wildest of wildlife.


Obras por David Attenborough

Life on Earth: A Natural History (1979) 1,502 exemplares
The Living Planet (1984) 1,131 exemplares
Life on Air (2002) 714 exemplares
The Trials of Life (1990) 642 exemplares
The Life of Birds (1998) 569 exemplares
The Private Life of Plants (1995) 433 exemplares
The Life of Mammals (2002) 357 exemplares
Life in the Undergrowth (2005) 242 exemplares
Life (2009) — Narrador — 128 exemplares
Life in Cold Blood (2008) 115 exemplares
Life in the Freezer: A Natural History of the Antarctic (1993) — Narrador — 114 exemplares
Borneo (1975) 97 exemplares
Life Stories (2009) 93 exemplares
The Atlas of the Living World (1657) 90 exemplares
Frozen Planet [2011 TV series] (2011) 87 exemplares
Zoo Quest to Guiana (1956) 76 exemplares
Discovering Life on Earth (1981) 73 exemplares
Planet Earth II (2016) 65 exemplares
Journeys to the Past (1981) 57 exemplares
The tribal eye (1976) 47 exemplares
The Life of Birds (1998) 46 exemplares
Quest in Paradise (1960) 45 exemplares
Blue Planet II (BD) [Blu-ray] (2017) 40 exemplares
Zoo Quest to Madagascar (1961) 36 exemplares
The Life of Mammals (2002) 32 exemplares
Africa [2013 TV series] (2013) 27 exemplares
Quest Under Capricorn (1963) 27 exemplares
Life On Earth [1979 TV series] (1979) 21 exemplares
Zoo Quest in Paraguay (1959) 18 exemplares
Wildlife through the camera (1982) 16 exemplares
The Hunt (2013) 14 exemplares
Trials of Life (1990) — Host — 13 exemplares
Dynasties (4K/BD) [Blu-ray] (2019) 13 exemplares
Life Story (2014) — Host — 13 exemplares
Nature's Great Events 13 exemplares
Madagascar (2011) — Director — 12 exemplares
Lost Worlds Vanished Lives (1989) 12 exemplares
Seven Worlds, One Planet (2019) — Narrador — 11 exemplares
Flying Monsters 3D [Blu-ray] (2011) 9 exemplares
Micro Monsters 8 exemplares
Blue Planet: The Collection (2001) 7 exemplares
The First Eden (1987) 6 exemplares
Deep Blue [2003 film] (2003) 5 exemplares
Killer Whales: Wolves of the Sea (1994) — Director — 5 exemplares
Antarctica: The Last Wilderness [1993 video] (1993) — Narrador — 3 exemplares
People of paradise (1960) 3 exemplares
Nature: Fabulous Frogs (2014) — Narrador — 3 exemplares
State of the Planet (2000) 3 exemplares
Trials of Life: Courting (1993) 2 exemplares
Hummingbirds 2 exemplares
Os Desafios da Vida 2 exemplares
The Green Planet 2 exemplares
Planeta žije (1990) 2 exemplares
Life that Glows [DVD] (2016) 2 exemplares
Frozen Seas [2012 TV episode] (2001) 2 exemplares
Islands 1 exemplar
Great Mammoth Mystery (2022) 1 exemplar
Gogottes: a rift in time (2018) 1 exemplar
Une vie sur notre planète (2021) 1 exemplar
Our Planet 1 exemplar
Trials of Life: Fighting (1993) 1 exemplar
Miracle of Bali 1 exemplar
Raising the dinosaur giant (2016) 1 exemplar
Jewel of the Earth (2005) 1 exemplar
Plants 1 exemplar
Prehistoric Planet 1 exemplar
Ayrton's Animals 1 exemplar
Life on Earth [audiorecording read by the author] (2018) — Autor; Narrador — 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Natural History of Selborne (1789) — Introdução, algumas edições937 exemplares
Planet Earth [2006 TV series] (2006) — Narrador, algumas edições582 exemplares
Planet Earth: As You've Never Seen It Before (2006) — Prefácio — 416 exemplares
Digging Dinosaurs: The Search That Unraveled the Mystery of Baby Dinosaurs (1988) — Prefácio, algumas edições374 exemplares
The Blue Planet: Seas of Life [2001 TV miniseries] (2001) — Narrador — 137 exemplares
Our World's Heritage (1987) 93 exemplares
Blue Planet II: A New World of Hidden Depths (2017) — Prefácio — 73 exemplares
New Generation Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe (1987) — General Editor — 59 exemplares
Africa: Eye to Eye with the Unknown (2012) — Prefácio — 49 exemplares
Our Planet (2019) — Prefácio — 47 exemplares
Endeavouring Banks: Exploring Collections from the Endeavour Voyage 1768-1771 (2016) — Prefácio; Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Fungi of Britain and Europe (New Generation Guides) (1989) — General Editor — 16 exemplares
The Oxford Dictionary of Natural History (1986) — Prefácio — 16 exemplares
The Making of The Living Planet (1985) — Prefácio — 11 exemplares
Life in the Future (1976) — Introdução, algumas edições8 exemplares
Kingdom of Plants (2012) — Presenter — 5 exemplares
Elders : interviews with Andrew Denton (2010) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Penguins [2012 film] (2012) — Narrador — 5 exemplares
Tiger: Spy in the Jungle [2008 TV series] — Narrador — 5 exemplares
Attenborough and the Sea Dragon [2018 film] (2018) — Actor — 4 exemplares
The Human Face [BBC series] (2001) 4 exemplares
State of Nature 2016 — Prefácio, algumas edições3 exemplares
Nature: Big Birds Can't Fly [2015 TV episode] (2015) — Narrador — 2 exemplares
Antarctic: On the Frozen Sea [1993 film] — Narrador — 2 exemplares
Eagle: Master of the Skies [1997 TV special] (1997) — Narrador, algumas edições2 exemplares
NOVA: Wild Wolves [1997 TV episode] (1997) — Narrador — 1 exemplar
Ocean Deep (Narrator - David Attenborough) (2007) — Narrador — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Attenborough, David Frederick
Data de nascimento
País (no mapa)
England, UK
Local de nascimento
Isleworth, Middlesex, England, UK
Locais de residência
Richmond, London, England, UK
College House, University College, Leicester, England, UK
University of Cambridge (MA|Clare College)
London School of Economics
Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys, Leicester, England, UK
Attenborough, Richard (brother)
Attenborough, F. L. (father)
Attenborough, John (brother)
British Museum (trustee)
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (trustee)
University of Cambridge, Clare College (Honorary Fellow)
Fauna and Flora International (Vice-President)
Royal Society (Fellow, 1983)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Foreign Honorary Member, 1991) (mostrar todos 14)
Society of Antiquaries of London (Honorary Fellow, 2007)
Zoological Society of London (Honorary Fellow, 1998)
Friends of Richmond Park
Blood Pressure Association
North American Native Plant Society
Institute of Biology (Honorary Fellow, 2000)
Linnean Society (Honorary Fellow, 1999)
Royal Navy
Prémios e menções honrosas
Blue Peter Badge
BAFTA Desmond Davis Award (1970)
Order of the British Empire (commander | 1974)
BAFTA Fellowship (1979)
Fellow of the Royal Society (1983)
Knight Bachelor (1985) (mostrar todos 20)
Royal Victorian Order (commander | 1991)
Companion of Honour (1996)
Kew International Medal (1996)
International Cosmos Prize (2000)
Faraday Prize (2003)
British Book Award (2004)
Descartes Prize (2004)
Nierenburg Prize (2005)
Order of Merit (2005)
National Television Awards (2006)
The Culture Show British Icon Award (2006)
British Naturalists' Association Peter Scott Memorial Award (2007)
Prince of Asturias Award (2009)
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (2020)



I feel sure I read this is my teen years; the bit about the straits of Gibraltar being broken open multiple times really rings a bell. Seems like Attenborough was in apocalyptic mode even back then.
themulhern | 2 outras críticas | Jul 23, 2023 |
LIFE ON EARTH by David Attenborough (and read by him as well) was a good pick to listen to during finals week - not so engaging that I keep listening to find out what happens next at the expense of getting my grading done, but engaging enough to take my mind off my grading and other responsibilities when I needed a break, or was cooking, etc. I will say that I found it more relaxing to listen to in the chapters when he's describing things that I'm somewhat familiar with, but don't know well (i.e. the chapters on plants and invertebrates.) The chapters on vertebrates, however, were somewhat less relaxing to listen to, as I spent the whole time listening very carefully for any mistakes.

One thing Attenborough does very well in this book is connect the evolution of traits together, helping explain why certain traits evolved when they did. For example, as vascular plants evolved, there was a selective advantage for getting taller in order to better compete for light. But then, once plants started getting taller, there was a selective advantage to herbivores that could reach the tasty parts of the plants, which led to the evolution of flying insects, which in turn contributed to the evolution of the flowering plants to use those insects as targeted pollinators vs. relying on wind pollination. Some of it is almost certainly adaptationism / just-so-story-ism, but he does an excellent job of connecting various pieces together into a coherent whole.

He does get some stuff wrong -- some factual details that may have just gotten missed in the 40th anniversary update of the text, but also other places where the way he frames evolutionary history is... antiquated at best. The most egregious (in my opinion) is that he repeatedly refers to various living organisms as "primitive", and refers to non-mammalian synapsids (everything that is more closely related to mammals than any other living organism, but is not technically a true mammal -- includes things like Dimetrodon, the sail-back "dinosaur") as "reptiles". Which: No. Absolutely not. Synapsids split from the branch that would become reptiles over 200 million years ago. (He also calls early tetrapods like Tiktaalik "amphibians", which: they were almost certainly amphibious, but they were absolutely not the same as modern amphibians.)

But overall: Enjoyable to listen to Attenborough's narration even without the amazing visuals of a nature documentary.
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fyrefly98 | 7 outras críticas | Jul 20, 2023 |
"Zoo Quest to Guiana" is a captivating travelogue written by David Attenborough, the renowned British naturalist and broadcaster. Published in 1956, the book documents Attenborough's expedition to the remote and unexplored wilderness of British Guiana (now Guyana) in South America.

The narrative takes readers on a thrilling adventure as Attenborough and his team set out to capture and bring back exotic animals for the London Zoo. As the leader of the Zoo Quest television series, Attenborough combines his passion for wildlife with a quest for discovery, immersing himself in the vibrant ecosystems of the Guianan rainforest.

Attenborough vividly describes the awe-inspiring biodiversity he encounters, from the colorful birdlife to elusive mammals, reptiles, and insects. He showcases his deep appreciation for the natural world, sharing his insights into the unique adaptations and behaviors of the species he encounters.

As the expedition progresses, Attenborough delves into the cultural and historical aspects of the region, exploring the indigenous communities and their relationship with the natural environment. He sheds light on their customs, traditions, and knowledge of the local flora and fauna, offering readers a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness between humans and their surroundings.

Throughout the book, Attenborough's passion for conservation shines through. He highlights the importance of preserving these diverse ecosystems and the need for responsible wildlife management. His observations and experiences provide readers with an educational and entertaining glimpse into the world of animal collection and the efforts to learn more about and protect the planet's biodiversity.

"Zoo Quest to Guiana" showcases Attenborough's engaging storytelling style, infused with humor, curiosity, and reverence for the natural world. The book not only captures the spirit of adventure but also serves as a valuable resource for nature enthusiasts, highlighting the importance of conservation and the wonders that await in remote corners of the globe.
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FallsGalloway | May 7, 2023 |
Very educational book. I Learned a lot about the gravity of our current problems but also about many new promising ways people are trying to make. It also convinced me to reduce meat in my diet. Make that a new new year resolution. I admire his passion and optimistic opinion about our future but I am not as optimistic about human nature as he is. Let’s hope humanity proves me wrong!
hongjunz | 15 outras críticas | Feb 20, 2023 |



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