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A gap in nature : discovering the world's extinct animals / Tim Flannery & Peter Schouten
Bib ID 2044509
Format BookBook
Author
Flannery, Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof), 1956-
 
Edition 1st American ed. 
Description New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2001 
xxiv, 184 p. : col. ill, col. map ; 29 cm. 
ISBN 0871137976
Summary

"Since humanity first wandered from its African birthplace over fifty millennia ago, it has radically altered the environment everywhere it has settled, often at the cost of the creatures that ruled the wild before its arrival. As our prehistoric ancestors spread throughout the globe, they began the most deadly epoch the planet's fauna have experienced since the demise of the dinosaurs. And following the dawn of the age of exploration five hundred years ago, the rate of extinction has accelerated ever more rapidly.".

"In A Gap in Nature, scientist and historian Tim Flannery, in collaboration with internationally acclaimed wildlife artist Peter Schouten, catalogues 103 creatures that have vanished from the face of the earth since Columbus first set foot in the New World. From the colorful Carolina parakeet to the gigantic Steller's sea cow, Flannery evocatively tells the story of each animal and its habitat, how it lived and how it succumbed to its terrible destiny. Accompanying every entry is a beautifully rendered color representation by Schouten, who has devoted years of his life to this project. His portraits - life size in their original form - are exquisitely reproduced in this extraordinary book and include animals from every continent: American passenger pigeons, Tasmanian thylacines, Mauritian dodos, African bluebucks, and dozens more."--BOOK JACKET.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 180-182) and index.

Subjects Extinct animals.
Other authors/contributors Schouten, Peter

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