Only a few dozen vertebrate animals have evolved true gliding abilities, but they include an astonishing variety of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.North America's flying squirrels and Australia
Only a few dozen vertebrate animals have evolved true gliding abilities, but they include an astonishing variety of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. North America's flying squirrels and Australia's sugar gliders notwithstanding, the vast majority of them live in rainforests. Illustrated with arresting photographs, Catching Air takes us around the world to meet these animals, learn why so many gliders live in Southeast Asia, and find out why this gravity—defying ability has evolved in Draco lizards, snakes, and frogs as well as mammals. Why do gliders stop short of flying, how did bats make that final leap, and how did Homo sapiens bypass evolution to glide via wingsuits and hang gliders — or is that evolution in another guise? Color photography throughout!
Sneed B. Collard III (Missoula, MT)graduated with honors in marine biology from U.C. Berkeley and earned his master's degree in scientific instrumentation from U.C. Santa Barbara. He is the author of Fire Birds: Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests (a Junior Library Guild selection); Double Eagle; Shep:Our Most Loyal Dog; Dog Sense; Pocket Babies and Other Amazing Marsupials; and The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America's Lost Grasslands (winner of the AAAS/Subaru/Science Books & Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books). The first of his 76 books, Sea Snakes, was published in 1993. In 2006, Sneed received the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for his body of work.