The Song of the Dodo

The Song of the Dodo

Island Biogeography in An Age of Extinctions

Book - 1997
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Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 1997
ISBN: 9780684800837
0684800837
9780684827124
0684827123
Branch Call Number: 574.9 QUA
Characteristics: 702 p. :,maps ;,23 cm

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scribby
Apr 20, 2019

An enjoyable “popular” natural history book, telling the story of evolutionary biology (mostly on islands, where it seems to often go weirdly haywire). There is humor and there are personal anecdotes, as well as history and explanations (and a tear-inducingly poignant description of extinction as well as a nauseating chronicle of genocide). As the book progresses, it begins to read like a scientific detective story as more and more details are filled in, in the theories -- leading from islands to the mainland and beyond -- and finally, to a call to action. My one complaint is that the author spends too much time bashing previous theories of biology, in the first section of the book.

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klaracooney
Jan 23, 2017

I love this book.It is well written, amusing and very informative, just like Quammen's other works.This is a very thought -provoking book, a must for anyone interested in our world.

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