The Garden of Eden as the ideal and untouched site of life's creation persists in popular thought, even as we have uncovered a lengthy fossil record and developed a scientific understanding of evolution. The continent of Africa is a good candidate for Eden: its generally warm climate, rich vegetation, and variety of animal species lend themselves easily to such a comparison. Yet in the time since the first primates appeared millions of years ago, Africa has undergone profound alterations in physical geography, climate, and biota. Linking the evidence of the past with that of the present, this exquisitely illustrated guide examines the evolution of the mammalian fauna of Africa within the context of dramatic changes over the course of more than 30 million years of primate presence. The book covers such topics as dating, continental drift, and global climate change and the likely motors of evolution as well as the physical evolution of the African continent, including present and past climates, and the major determinants of plant and mammal distributions. The authors discuss human evolution as a part of the larger pattern of mammalian evolution while responding to the unique interest that we have in our own past. The meticulous reconstructions of fossil mammals in this book are the result of detailed anatomical research. Restorations of mammalian musculature and appearance take into account the affinities between fossil forms and extant species in order to make well-founded inferences about unpreserved animal attributes. Environmental reconstructions benefit from the authors' visits to more than a dozen wildlife preserves in five African countries as well as the use of an extensive database of published studies on the evolution of landscapes on the continent. A fascinating read and a visual feast, Evolving Eden lays the foundation for a deeper appreciation of contemporary African wildlife.
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Descrizione libro Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. (2004) xviii, 269 pp., color, bw illustrations. (Columbia University Press) New copy, but jacket a bit worn through customer browsing. Codice libro della libreria 10280
Descrizione libro Columbia University Press, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0231119445
Descrizione libro Columbia University Press, 2004. Condizione libro: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Evolving Eden expansively documents, in text and singular illustrations, the context and nature of emergence, over some thirty million years, of the species-rich, distinctively African mammal fauna. It highlights its foreign and indigenous roots, innumerable species appearances and extinctions, all within the framework of often massive, far-reaching physical and environmental transformations of that vast, and ancient pan-equatorial landmass. In addition to its important illumination of natural history, past and present, of the ill-named 'dark continent,' this book clearly examines the emergence and subsequent evolution of humans. This is an exceptionally useful and stimulating volume. Codice libro della libreria ABE_book_new_0231119445
Descrizione libro Columbia University Press, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0231119445
Descrizione libro COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2010. Rústica. Condizione libro: Nuevo. Condizione sovraccoperta: Nuevo. 1. LIBRO. Codice libro della libreria 174637
Descrizione libro Columbia University Press, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110231119445
Descrizione libro Columbia Univ Pr, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. 269 pages. 10.50x7.25x1.00 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria zk0231119445