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Polar Bear Evolution: A Model for How New Species Arise is the fascinating story of the origin of polar bears: not just when and where the species came to be, but exactly how it happened and why the bears were able to survive repeated cycles of sea ice change, some of unimaginable magnitude.

The book includes a detailed account of the fossil evidence, recent hybridization events between brown bears and polar bears, and summaries of more than a dozen genetic studies that have been done on these bears to determine the most plausible time and place for the origin of polar bears.

For the first time, a biological mechanism explains how this rapid transformation from a brown bear ancestor could have happened.

Thyroid hormone, essential for countless coordinated body functions including stress responses, the growth of embryos, and the activation of critical genes, seems to have played a vital role in the vast majority of all speciation events. A testable theory based on thyroid hormone not only explains how polar bears came to be but does the same for domestic dogs, flightless birds like the dodo, and extinct dwarf species like Homo floresiensis aka “The Hobbit” from Flores Island, Indonesia.

If you’ve ever wondered whether polar bears could have arisen more than once or if hybridization with brown bears really did play a significant part in polar bear evolution, this book is for you.

It also explains how polar bear biology and behaviour have been fine-tuned by natural selection, adapting the species to the highly dynamic Arctic environment of the late Pleistocene, which included interglacial times when sea ice was scarcer than it is today.

This book is more than the complete story of polar bear origins: it’s a big-picture account of how evolution works for most organisms. It’s a fascinating story that deserves to be a staple in your home library.

Now available in Kindle ebook and print formats via your local Amazon marketplace. Read a sample by clicking on the Kindle or Paperback version icon.  

USA https://www.amazon.com/dp/1778038328

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1778038328

Canada https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1778038328

Australia https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/1778038328

Germany https://www.amazon.de/dp/1778038328

Fallen Icon:

Sir David Attenborough and the Walrus Deception

In 2019, Sir David Attenborough created a scandal when he falsely insisted in the Netflix/WWF documentary ‘Our Planet’, that hundreds of walrus that fell to their deaths off a cliff in Siberia did so because of climate change. My investigation into the deceptions involved reveals the full extent of Attenborough’s journey to noble cause corruption, which started with the falling walrus and ended with him promoting ridiculous prophesies for COP26, which ultimately failed miserably in its objectives.

Currently available in paperback and ebook formats at Amazon, with a hardcover to follow soon.

For the UK, click here; for Canada, click here, & for Australia, click here.

What people are saying about Fallen Icon:

“Dr. Susan Crockford is a fearless pursuer of truth in an era when science has been comprehensively falsified and the media corrupted to promote a non-existent ‘climate crisis.’ In Fallen Icon she takes on the ‘gratuitous animal tragedy porn’ peddled by British natural historian Sir David Attenborough to promote hysteria ahead of the failed COP26 conference in Glasgow.” Peter Foster, National Post columnist and author of Why We Bite the Invisible Hand: The Psychology of Anti-Capitalism.

“In her new book Susan chronicles the deceitful and unscrupulous way in which Sir David Attenborough has characterized the death of hundreds of Russian walruses, claiming they were due to a lack of ice caused by global warning. Thanks to Susan we now know the truth about Sir David’s shameless attempt to use the walrus deaths to support another myth, that there is a ‘climate emergency’ that requires we effectively give up modern civilization altogether.”

Patrick Moore, Ph.D. Ecologist, Greenpeace co-founder, and author of Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom.

Fallen Icon exposes how ‘the science’ was corrupted by a political campaign to promote the false notion that a global ‘climate emergency’ exists. How do you scare the public about climate change when polar bear numbers keep rising? Easy, show the public horrifying images of walruses falling to their deaths and hundreds of walrus corpses, and blame those deaths on scarier and scarier predictions of the future based on flawed climate models tuned to maximize dire scenarios. Crockford digs deep to expose the fraudulent tactics that climate activist Sir David Attenborough used to lobby for political ‘solutions’ that included a revolution of society not unlike ‘The Great Reset’ and the ‘Green New Deal’. If you thought Attenborough and the WWF really just wanted to save the walruses, then you need to read Fallen Icon.”

Marc Morano, publisher of Climate Depot, former senior staff U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee. Author of Green Fraud: Why the Green New Deal is Even Worse Than You Think

Susan Crockford’s Fallen Icon is a riveting and revealing exposé of the great walrus-over-a-cliff climate scam perpetrated by an A-list of activists from the World Wildlife Fund to Netflix to David Attenborough. The book is detailed and well-documented.  Crockford’s work suggests that a key aspect of Attenborough’s Our Planet documentary series was a deliberate manipulation to create a sensational story describing climate events that never happened. Fallen Icon should serve as a red flag to all who want to hold on to the facts about climate change – and polar bears.

Terence Corcoran, National Post columnist.


Walrus Facts & Myths: A science summary for all ages

Now available in paperback and ebook formats.


UPHEAVAL: A short novel

A new short novel about an ice tsunami that devastates the Canadian Maritimes

Eighty-six year old Duff Gillies didn’t want to die without telling the story of what he’d witnessed during the great ice tsunami that devastated Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia back in 2026. That was the winter he’d agreed to take young Izzy Walker on as his student aboard the Ice Queen and the year polar bears invaded the Gulf of St. Lawrence for the first time. After an unsettling polar bear encounter out on the ice, Duff thought he’d seen everything. Then three ice-covered waves turned his quiet maritime existence upside down. Called on to help a good friend rescue his brother, he and Izzy witnessed first-hand the devastating toll the tsunami had taken. But Duff had an experience no one else did and it came to haunt him. This fictional first-person account of the greatest tsunami disaster ever to hit a North American shore is a story you won’t want to miss. It’s a short novel that will leave you astonished at the destructive power a tsunami can muster when it teams up with thick sea ice cover.

Available for pre-order in ebook format at Amazon (release date 3 December) and immediately in paperback (release date 30 November), all countries.


The Polar Bear Catastrophe

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The Polar Bear Catastrophe That Never Happened explains why the catastrophic decline in polar bear numbers we were promised in 2007 failed to materialize. It’s the story of how and why the polar bear came to be considered `Threatened’ with extinction, and tracks the species rise and fall as an icon of the global warming movement.

The book also tells the story of my role in bringing that failure to public attention and the backlash against me that ensued.

For the first time, you’ll see a frank and detailed account of attempts by scientists to conceal population growth as numbers rose from an historical low in the 1960s to the astonishing highs that surely must exist after almost 50 years of protection from overhunting.

There is also a blunt account of what truly abundant populations of bears mean for the millions of people who live and work in areas of the Arctic inhabited by polar bears.

This is a full-length illustrated book that is fully referenced and is available in Paperback and Ebook.

See “Non-Fiction Titles” for details and list of interviews (note, an ‘epub’ ebook format is now available for non-Kindle users).

A Polar Bear Science Trio (non-fiction)

These science books offer the information critical for understanding current issues in polar bear ecology and conservation. You’ll learn some amazing facts and myths about these Arctic icons from both but one of them is fashioned specifically with kids in mind.

For elementary and middle school students (and adults)


Available now! This versatile, full-color summary is appropriate for ages 7 and up but may also appeal to adults. Polar Bear Facts and Myths: A Science Summary for all Ages is laid out in a question and answer format, with language that’s straightforward but not condescending, so it works for students of various reading abilities as well as adults who prefer a simple synopsis. A great polar bear book for adults and kids to read together. Buy the paperback or ebook version at Amazon today. French, German, Dutch, and Norwegian translations now available, details here.

Now listed at Amazon Canada and Amazon UK


For adults and high school students


Available now! This full-color, fully-referenced polar bear science book is aimed at adults and high school students. Polar Bears: Outstanding Survivors of Climate Change is fashioned after the popular lecture with the same title Susan has given through the University of Victoria’s Speakers Bureau since 2009, which has been enthusiastically received by audiences with a wide range of interests.

This full-color volume explains why polar bears are thriving despite the recent decline of Arctic sea ice.

It contains the critical information readers need to understand polar bear ecology and conservation issues without drowning in detail: the most up-to-date information available in an easy to digest format that is fully referenced.

Buy the paperback or ebook version at Amazon.com today.Other formats and purchasing options coming soon, check here for details.

Also available at Amazon Canada and Amazon UK.

For preschoolers


Available now! This beautiful color book is a ‘first science book’ for preschoolers who love polar bears. Polar Bears Have Big Feet has no gory images, no discussion of starving bears, climate change, or threatened species – just fabulous pictures of polar bears doing what they do in their natural Arctic habitat, accompanied by lighthearted descriptions.  It’s a great first polar bear science book for adults to read to kids but it’s also one that kids will want to learn to read.

Buy the paperback only at Amazon.com today.

Will be available only in paperback, check here for details.


A Polar Bear Attack Thriller (fiction)


Available since 2015. What Jaws did for the beaches of New England, Eaten does for northern Newfoundland.Terror and carnage abound as hungry polar bears come ashore in droves seeking any food available, including human prey. Set in the year 2025 at the edge of the Arctic, the story considers future possibilities no one has yet contemplated. Call it JAWS for the 21st century – just when you thought it was safe to stay out of the water! The historic but uniquely revitalized Newfoundland community of Fogo Island features prominently in the tale. Buy it today at Amazon in paperback or ebook versions or see the dedicated EATEN page for other available formats and purchasing venues.

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Scientist Susan Crockford has spent decades writing professional papers and books but has been blogging about polar bears for non-scientists since 2012. In 2015, she wrote her first novel, a polar bear attack thriller aimed at readers who prefer their science “lite.” EATEN did not disappoint: the common reviewer refrain was, “I couldn’t put it down!” For 2017, she presents the two non-fiction volumes readers around the world have been requesting: straightforward science books about polar bears for adults and children that offer the same no nonsense, big-picture perspective on polar bear conservation that has made her blog and public lectures so popular. Susan is a professional zoologist who has studied the ecological history and evolution of many animals for more than 40 years, and has had a special interest in polar bears for at least half that time. A driving fascination with evolution (including the history of human-animal interactions) compels her to write. She has a Ph.D. and writes about the science of polar bears and related topics at www.polarbearscience.com. See the About page on my blog (here) for more detail on my background, and even more detailed publication history at www.pacificid.com under the Research tab.

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  1. Susan – I just finished reading your novel and loved it. I enjoyed getting a scientist’s perspective on these currents events in the format of a novel.
    You were kind to write to me about a year ago when I asked some questions about bears and hiking in Newfoundland along the International Appalachian Trail. I felt vulnerable about my late May start after reading reports of sporadic attacks in northern NL. I did go, was cautious, and carried 2 cans of bear spray until there was no sign of any ice offshore. I was not eaten! Will always appreciate your help.
    PS – There was no mention of bear spray in the novel.. I wonder if I had a false sense of security!

  2. Thanks Diane – I’m so glad to hear you were not eaten! But that’s the point of the novel, at some level. In early March, who would expect bears onshore when they should be out eating seals? As the entire population was taken by surprise by the attacks, it’s likely no one thought about bear spray until it was too late or the crisis was more or less over.


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