Authoritative text, crystal-clear photography and a systematic approach make the "Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Mammals" the most comprehensive pocket guide to the mammals of the world. Packed with more than 1,000 full-colour photographs of over 450 species, this handbook paints a vivid portrait of all the major orders of land-dwelling and aquatic mammals, from the armoured shrew to the blue whale. Each species profile in the book combines a precise, jargon-free description with annotated full-colour photographs to highlight the key features of the species. Colour-coded bands contain the internationally accepted scientific name, along with essential information in diet, behaviour, social unit and conservation status. Each entry is accompanied by a clear map showing geographical distribution. Expertly written, for beginners and enthusiasts alike, this guide also includes a comprehensive introductory section that explains classification, evolution, anatomy and reproduction, and discusses conservation issues and the threats facing mammals in the modern world. In addition, a concise glossary defines any technical or scientific terms used in the book.