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Synopsis: This book investigates one of the richest and most unusual faunas in the world, one that thrived in isolation for 80 million years, but that over the past 2000 years has been reduced to a shadow of its former glory. It was a fauna dominated by birds. In one of the most dramatic extinctions of modern times, half of these species were removed from the planet forever. Among these lost animals was the giant, flightless bird, the moa, an evolutionary novelty that was one of the largest birds ever known. In this definitive volume, Trevor H. Worthy and Richard N. Holdaway summarise all that is presently known about these incredible birds. The authors present the various species of moa, describe their skeletons, and reconstruct their life and ecology. Then they discuss the only threat to the survival of an adult moa, the world's largest eagle. Paying particular attention to the more interesting and unique forms known only or largely from the fossil record, Worthy and Holdaway describe the primary herbivores, the top predator, and other species. These are placed in the total fauna, where ducks, gruids, and even bats all followed an evolutionary path to flightlessness. Wonderful as these species were, most were ill-prepared to face new, mammalian predators - first rats brought by human visitors, then other mammals, and finally humans themselves. Copiously illustrated and carefully documented from the most current scientific research, The Lost World of the Moa reconstructs a fascinating evolutionary experiment that survived all manner of climatic and geological change, only to succumb to contact with the outside world.
About the Author: Trevor H. Worthy is a Research Associate at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Birds Dept) and a research scientist privately contracted to the government. He has published extensively with emphases on taxonomy (variously addressing moa, other birds, frogs, lizards, and bats) and palaeofaunal reconstruction.
Title: The Lost World of the Moa: Prehistoric Life ...
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: 2002
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Indiana University Press. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Dust jacket missing. First edition. Minor shelf and handling wear, overall a clean solid copy with minimal signs of use. Binding is sound. Pages are intact and free of marks. A penetrating study of the moa, a flightless bird native to New Zealand which is said to have been driven to extinction by the early twentieth century, "The Lost World of the Moa" features detailed illustrations as well as photographs of surviving specimens collected over the past two hundred years. Secure packaging for safe delivery. Seller Inventory # 519715820
Book Description Indiana University Press, 2002. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0253340349-2-4
Book Description Indiana U. Press, Bloomington, IN, 2002. Condition: Good only/VG (see notes). 1st. large 8vo. 718pp. NO INTERNATIONAL--TOO HEAVY. Covers bowed, spine a bit cocked, some. warping to text block. Minor dampline interior DJ at head. Quite scarce. Seller Inventory # MAIN004374I
Book Description Indiana University Press 2002-08, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: good. First Edition. 0253340349. Seller Inventory # 527444
Book Description Indiana University Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P020253340349
Book Description Hardback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GORX008923686
Book Description Indiana University Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Like New. Almost new condition. Seller Inventory # P010253340349
Book Description Indiana University Press. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 0253340349 Very Good++ in a Very Good++ dust jacket; Hardcover; Jacket is glossy with no marks or tears, and has not been price-clipped (Now fitted with a new, Brodart jacket protector); Very light wear to the boards; Unblemished textblock edges; The endpapers and all text pages are clean and unmarked; The binding is excellent with a straight spine; This book will be stored and delivered in a sturdy cardboard box with foam padding; Medium-Large Format (Quatro, 9.75" - 10.75" tall); Black dust jacket with forest and bird skeleton illustrations, and title in red lettering; 2002, Indiana University Press; 718 pages; "The Lost World of the Moa: Prehistoric Life of New Zealand," by T H Worthy & Richard N Holdaway. Seller Inventory # SKU-U14XG06507286
Book Description Indiana University Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110253340349
Book Description Indiana University Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0253340349 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0061898