Here be dragons : how the study of animal and plant distributions revolutionized our views of life and Earth
Denis McCarthy's highly engaging account of biogeography shows how two great theories - evolution and plate tectonics - explained the pattern of life on Earth. It is a story of elephant birds and pygmy mammoths, and the gradual acceptance of radical new ideas demonstrating that life and powerful physical forces constantly reshape our planet.
Print Book, English, 2009
Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009
1 volume : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Galápagan epiphany: how the distributions of plants and animals led Darwin to the theory of evolution
The Mesosaurus problem: how fossil locations helped revolutionize our view of Earth history
Pygmy mammoths and mysterious islands: why the grography oc certain island groups, like Hawaii, Galápagos, and the Channel Islands, has turned them into a cualdron of evolutionary catalysts
The volcanic ring that changed the world: How evolution and plate tectonics have operated in concert to govern the major biotic patterns and produce the Earth's most fascinating creatures in the most exotic locales
The bloody fall of South America and the last of the Triassic beak-headed reptiles: South America, Australia, and NEw Zealand as sanctuaries for "living fossils"
Enchanted waters: biogeography among the life aquatic
The battle ofver Eden: the controversy over the biogeographical history of the human race
The grand coalescence of life and earth: the past, present, and future of biogeography