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Life of Marsupials

Tyndale-Biscoe, Hugh

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ISBN 10: 071312377X / ISBN 13: 9780713123777
Published by Edward Arnold, London, 1973
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Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition. Light wear to edges and corners. Illustrated with Black & White Photographs and Drawings, Maps and Diagrams. Previous owner's details to half-title page. viii, 254 pages Using mostly Australian marsupials as examples ( but also including American species), the author emphasises the adaptability of marsupials to their environment. Bookseller Inventory # 266781

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Title: Life of Marsupials

Publisher: Edward Arnold, London

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Softcover

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Joint winner of the 2005 Whitley Medal.

Included in Choice Magazine's 2006 Outstanding Academic Titles list.

Over the past half a century research has revealed that marsupials – far from being ‘second class’ mammals – have adaptations for particular ways of life quite equal to their placental counterparts. Despite long separate evolution, there are extraordinary similarities in which marsupials have solved the challenges of living in such environments as deserts, alpine snowfields or tropical rainforests. Some can live on grass, some on pollen and others on leaves; some can glide, some can swim and others hop with extraordinary efficiency.

In Life of Marsupials, one of the world’s leading experts explores the biology and evolution of this unusual group – with their extraordinary diversity of forms around the world – in Australia, New Guinea and South America.


Written by a leading expert on marsupial biology
Covers all marsupials in Australia, New Guinea and South America
Colour photos of 39 species

About the Author:

Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe has, for more than 40 years, been at the cutting edge of marsupial research, from brushtail possums in New Zealand, to quokkas in Western Australia, and from tammar wallabies in New South Wales to opossums in South America. His original text, Life of Marsupials, published in 1973 was the first textbook on marsupials. In this completely re-written edition, he brings a lifetime’s experience and masterly insights into the lives of this unusual group of mammals

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