The huge success of the Handbook of the Birds of the World clearly demonstrates that works of such scope, excellence, consummate expertise and beauty provide a vital foundation for the appreciation and conservation of the species they describe. This fundamental principle also underlies a new companion project, the long-awaited Handbook of the Mammals of the World. For the first time ever, this new 8-volume series will cover every species of mammal on Earth with the combination of scientific rigour and readability for which Lynx Edicions has become well known.