The Monkey's Bridge: Mysteries of Evolution in Central America

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Central America is a fascinating evolutionary artifact. Three million years ago, the Panama land bridge emerged as a link between what is now North and South America, and as flora and fauna traversed this great bridge between worlds, they cross-fertilized extensively and one of the Earth's most rich and varied environments developed. The Monkey's Bridge is the story of this extraordinary environment. The culmination of ten years of research and travel, the book combines a vibrant travelogue with personal insights on the landscapes, cultures, and ecosystems of Central America. David Rains Wallace creates an astounding portrait of a captivating part of the world.

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ama land bridge between North and South America formed three million years ago, plants and animals surged back and forth in the Great American Biotic Interchange, an evolutionary cross-fertilization that has created one of the world's richest and most fascinating environments. The Monkey's Bridge is the story of Central America's role as an evolutionary link between continents. This critically acclaimed exploration combines vivid travel writing, reflections on landscape and culture, and meditations on the ecosystems unique to this region.

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"The unique evolutionary story of the species-rich Central American land bridge is eloquently chronicled.... A vibrant natural (and human) history of a biomassive throughway."
--Kirkus

"The Monkey's Bridge deserves a wide audience.... The Central America here unveiled is a 'sublime evolutionary spectacle,' a bridge between worlds and a constant reminder of the fluidity and impermanence of life on earth."
--The New York Times

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