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Here be dragons : how the study of animal and plant distributions revolutionized our views of life and earth / Dennis McCarthy.
McCarthy, Dennis, 1964-
New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
xxiii, 214 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-206) and index.
Galápagan epiphany : how the distribution of plants and animals led Darwin to the theory of evolution -- The Mesosaurus problem : how fossil locations helped revolutionized our view of earth history -- Pygmy mammoths and mysterious islands : why the geography of certain island groups, like Hawaii, Galápagos, and the Channel Islands, has turned them into a cauldron 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 over 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.
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