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A Gap in Nature: Discovering the World's Extinct Animals

Flannery, Timothy

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ISBN 10: 0434008192 / ISBN 13: 9780434008193
Published by William Heinemann Ltd, 2001
Used Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: A Gap in Nature: Discovering the World's ...

Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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A lament for the lost animals of the world. In collaboration with Peter Schouten, a prominent wildlife artist, Flannery catalogues over 100 creatures that have vanished from the face of the earth.

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This work offers a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of 103 mammals, reptiles, and birds that have become extinct since 1492. For each animal, Flannery (The Eternal Frontier) describes what is known of its habitat, behavior, and probable cause of extinction. These accounts are beautifully written, often anecdotal, and almost always poignant. Whitney Award-winning wildlife painter Schouten produced the accompanying illustrations, which are stunning, full-color, and sometimes spread across two pages. In some cases, these illustrations may be the most accurate renderings anyone has ever produced of these creatures. Flannery and Schouten did extensive research into the literature and reviewed, in person, skeletal and other remains located in museums; numerous species were excluded owing to insufficient materials upon which to base an accurate drawing. A little more in the way of factual data, such as probable size, would have been appreciated in some of the descriptions. For example, the Kawekaweau, a lizard that once inhabited New Zealand, is described as "giant," but no estimated length or weight is given, even though the authors viewed the skin of one of these geckos. Nevertheless, this book, which includes the "big names" such as the dodo and passenger pigeon as well as many lesser-known but fascinating animals, is highly recommended for all academic and large public libraries. (Map not seen.) Lynn C. Badger, Univ. of Florida Lib., Gainesville
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