9780199542468-0199542465-Here Be Dragons: How the Study of Animal and Plant Distributions Revolutionized Our Views of Life and Earth

Here Be Dragons: How the Study of Animal and Plant Distributions Revolutionized Our Views of Life and Earth

ISBN-13: 9780199542468
ISBN-10: 0199542465
Edition: 1
Author: McCarthy, Dennis
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover 214 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780199542468
ISBN-10: 0199542465
Edition: 1
Author: McCarthy, Dennis
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover 214 pages

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Acknowledged authors McCarthy, Dennis wrote Here Be Dragons: How the Study of Animal and Plant Distributions Revolutionized Our Views of Life and Earth comprising 214 pages back in 2009. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0199542465 and 9780199542468. Since then Here Be Dragons: How the Study of Animal and Plant Distributions Revolutionized Our Views of Life and Earth textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Why do we find polar bears only in the Arctic and penguins only in the Antarctic? Why are marsupials found only in Australia and South America? In a book that Science News called "fascinating and revelatory," Dennis McCarthy tells a story that encompasses two great, insightful theories that together explain the strange patterns of life across the world--evolution and plate tectonics. We find animals and plants where we do because, over time, the continents have moved, separating and uniting in a long, slow dance; because sea levels have risen, cutting off one bit of land from another; because new and barren volcanic islands have risen up from the sea; and because animals and plants vary greatly in their ability to travel, and separation causes the formation of new species. This is the story of how life has responded to, and has in turn altered, the ever-changing Earth. And it includes many fascinating tales--of pygmy mammoths and elephant birds and of radical ideas by bold young scientists.

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