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Island Life: Or, the Phenomena and Causes of Insular Faunas and Floras, Including a Revision and Attempted Solution of the Problem of Geological Climates

Island Life: Or, the Phenomena and Causes of Insular Faunas and Floras, Including a Revision and Attempted Solution of the Problem of Geological Climates (Paperback)

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Alfred Russel Wallace is best known as the codiscoverer, with Charles Darwin, of natural selection, but he was also history's foremost tropical naturalist and the father of biogeography, the modern study of the geographical basis of biological diversity. "Island Life" has long been considered one of his most important works. In it he extends studies on the influence of the glacial epochs on organismal distribution patterns and the characteristics of island biogeography, a topic as vibrant and actively studied today as it was in 1880. The book includes history's first theory of continental glaciation based on a combination of geographical and astronomical causes, a discussion of island classification, and a survey of worldwide island faunas and floras. The year 2013 will mark the centennial of Wallace's death and will see a host of symposia and reflections on Wallace's contributions to evolution and natural history. This reissue of the first edition of "Island Life", with a foreword by David Quammen and an extensive introduction by Lawrence R.

Heaney, who has spent over three decades studying island biogeography in Southeast Asia, makes this essential and foundational reference available and accessible once again.

Natural World & The EnvironmentThe environmentApplied ecologyScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesLife sciences: general issuesEcological science, the BiosphereScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesLife sciences: general issuesEvolutionScience & MathematicsEarth sciencesScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesHistory of science Publisher: The University of Chicago Press Publication Date: 04/07/2013 ISBN-13: 9780226045030  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, and biologist, as well as a prolific author.

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