Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection by Simon Winchester

Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection

bySimon WinchesterPhotographed byNick Mann

Hardcover | October 9, 2012

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Skullsis a beautiful spellbinding exploration of more than 300 different animal skulls­—amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles—written byNew York Timesbestselling author, Simon Winchester and produced in collaboration with Theodore Gray and Touch Press, the geniuses behindThe ElementsandSolar System.

InSkulls, best-selling author Simon Winchester (author ofThe Professor and the Madman;Atlantic: A Biography of the Ocean;Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded; and others)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, his stories and information are riveting and enlightening.

At the center ofSkullsis 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.

Skullswas published in December 2011 as an e-book for the iPad by the innovative e-book publishers Touch Press, creators of the best-selling e-books for iPadThe ElementsandSolar System. Both books were also published in print by Black Dog & Leventhal.

About The Author

Nick Mannis the photographer ofThe Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe. Aside from having photographed more elements and compounds than probably anyone in the world, he is an accomplished landscape, sports, and event photographer. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.Simon Winchesteris the bestselling author ofTh...

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Title:Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious CollectionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 10.38 × 10.38 × 1 inPublished:October 9, 2012Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1579129129

ISBN - 13:9781579129125

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This is a gorgeous, coffee-table book that will the delight the heart... I loved this book. A real treasure.

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