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Extinction And Biogeography Of Tropical Pacific Birds

Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds PDF
Author: David W. Steadman
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release: 2006-10-15
ISBN: 0226771423
Size: 38.91 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category : Science
Languages : en
Pages : 594
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Extinction And Biogeography Of Tropical Pacific Birds

by David W. Steadman, Extinction And Biogeography Of Tropical Pacific Birds Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Extinction And Biogeography Of Tropical Pacific Birds books, This book is a study of the land birds of tropical Pacific islands—especially those from Fiji eastward to Easter Island. The author reconstructs the birdlife of tropical Pacific islands as it existed before the arrival of humans. By synthesizing data from the distant past, Steadman hopes to inform present conservation programs.



The Early Prehistory Of Fiji

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Author: Geoffrey Richard Clark
Publisher: ANU E Press
Release: 2009-12-01
ISBN: 1921666072
Size: 68.75 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 437
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The Early Prehistory Of Fiji

by Geoffrey Richard Clark, The Early Prehistory Of Fiji Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Early Prehistory Of Fiji books, I enjoyed reading this volume. It is rare to see such a comprehensive report on hard data published these days, especially one so insightfully contextualised by the editors' introductory and concluding chapters. These scholars and the others involved in the work really know their stuff, and it shows. The editors connect the preoccupations of Pacific archaeologists with those of their colleagues working in other island regions and on "big questions" of colonisation, migration, interaction and patterns and processes of cultural change in hitherto-uninhabited environments. These sorts of outward-looking, big-picture contextual studies are invaluable, but all too often are missing from locally- and regionally-oriented writing, very much to its detriment. In sum, the work strongly advances our understanding of the early prehistory of Fiji through its well-integrated combination of original research and the reinterpretation of existing knowledge in the context of wider theoretical and historical concerns. In doing so The Early Prehistory of Fiji makes a truly substantial contribution to Pacific and archaeological scholarship. Professor Ian Lilley, The University of Queensland



Molecular Panbiogeography Of The Tropics

Molecular Panbiogeography of the Tropics PDF
Author: Michael Heads
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release: 2012
ISBN: 0520271963
Size: 33.61 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Science
Languages : en
Pages : 565
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Molecular Panbiogeography Of The Tropics

by Michael Heads, Molecular Panbiogeography Of The Tropics Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Molecular Panbiogeography Of The Tropics books, "An engaging attempt to simultaneously retain the best of several traditionally different approaches in historical biogeography, incorporating concepts and data from each into a new perspective on Croizat's vision of Earth and life evolving together."--Brett R. Riddle, University of Nevada, Las Vegas"A fascinating story, well-told and engaging, about a world now receding into the distance." Robert Calder, University of Saskatchewan



On The Road Of The Winds

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Author: Patrick Vinton Kirch
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release: 2017-11-07
ISBN: 0520968891
Size: 50.43 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 408
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On The Road Of The Winds

by Patrick Vinton Kirch, On The Road Of The Winds Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download On The Road Of The Winds books, The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the earth’s surface and encompasses many thousands of islands that are home to numerous human societies and cultures. Among these indigenous Oceanic cultures are the intrepid Polynesian double-hulled canoe navigators, the atoll dwellers of Micronesia, the statue carvers of remote Easter Island, and the famed traders of Melanesia. Decades of archaeological excavations—combined with allied research in historical linguistics, biological anthropology, and comparative ethnography—have revealed much new information about the long-term history of these societies and cultures. On the Road of the Winds synthesizes the grand sweep of human history in the Pacific Islands, beginning with the movement of early people out from Asia more than 40,000 years ago and tracing the development of myriad indigenous cultures up to the time of European contact in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. This updated edition, enhanced with many new illustrations and an extensive bibliography, synthesizes the latest archaeological, linguistic, and biological discoveries that reveal the vastness of ancient history in the Pacific Islands.



The Survival Of Easter Island

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Author: Jan J. Boersema
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release: 2015-04-13
ISBN: 1107027705
Size: 21.98 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Nature
Languages : en
Pages : 296
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The Survival Of Easter Island

by Jan J. Boersema, The Survival Of Easter Island Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Survival Of Easter Island books, Jan J. Boersema reconstructs the ecological and cultural history of Easter Island and critiques the hitherto accepted theory of its collapse.



Parrots Of The Wild

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Author: Catherine A. Toft
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release: 2015-11-16
ISBN: 0520239253
Size: 73.13 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Science
Languages : en
Pages : 346
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Parrots Of The Wild

by Catherine A. Toft, Parrots Of The Wild Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Parrots Of The Wild books, "A synthetic account of the diversity and ecology of wild parrots, distilling knowledge from the author's own research and from her review of more than 2,400 published scientific studies. The text covers parrots' evolutionary history, foraging, mating, and social behavior, innate intelligence, and conservation status. The book is enhanced by an array of illustrations, including photos of parrots taken exclusively in their natural habitat"--Provided by publisher.



The Rise Of Birds

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Author: Sankar Chatterjee
Publisher: JHU Press
Release: 2015-04-03
ISBN: 1421415909
Size: 67.14 MB
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Category : Nature
Languages : en
Pages : 392
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The Rise Of Birds

by Sankar Chatterjee, The Rise Of Birds Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Rise Of Birds books, A small set of fossilized bones discovered almost thirty years ago led paleontologist Sankar Chatterjee on a lifelong quest to understand their place in our understanding of the history of life. They were clearly the bones of something unusual, a bird-like creature that lived long, long ago in the age of dinosaurs. He called it Protoavis, and the animal that owned these bones quickly became a contender for the title of "oldest known bird." In 1997, Chatterjee published his findings in the first edition of The Rise of Birds. Since then Chatterjee and his colleagues have searched the world for more transitional bird fossils. And they have found them. This second edition of The Rise of Birds brings together a treasure trove of fossils that tell us far more about the evolution of birds than we once dreamed possible. With no blind allegiance to what he once thought he knew, Chatterjee devours the new evidence and lays out the most compelling version of the birth and evolution of the avian form ever attempted. He takes us from Texas to Spain, China, Mongolia, Madagascar, Australia, Antarctica, and Argentina. He shows how, in the "Cretaceous Pompeii" of China, he was able to reconstruct the origin and evolution of flight of early birds from the feathered dinosaurs that lay among thousands of other amazing fossils. Chatterjee takes us to where long-hidden bird fossils dwell. His compelling, occasionally controversial, revelations—accompanied by spectacular illustrations—are a must-read for anyone with a serious interest in the evolution of "the feathered dinosaurs," from vertebrate paleontologists and ornithologists to naturalists and birders.



Altered Ecologies

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Author: Simon Haberle
Publisher: ANU E Press
Release: 2010-11-01
ISBN: 1921666811
Size: 39.62 MB
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Category : Science
Languages : en
Pages : 512
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Altered Ecologies

by Simon Haberle, Altered Ecologies Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Altered Ecologies books, Like a star chart this volume orientates the reader to the key issues and debates in Pacific and Australasian biogeography, palaeoecology and human ecology. A feature of this collection is the diversity of approaches ranging from interpretation of the biogeographic significance of plant and animal distributional patterns, pollen analysis from peats and lake sediments to discern Quaternary climate change, explanation of the patterns of faunal extinction events, the interplay of fire on landscape evolution, and models of the environmental consequences of human settlement patterns. The diversity of approaches, geographic scope and academic rigor are a fitting tribute to the enormous contributions of Geoff Hope. As made apparent in this volume, Hope pioneered multidisciplinary understanding of the history and impacts of human cultures in the Australia- Pacific region, arguably the globe's premier model systems for understanding the consequences of humans colonization on ecological systems. The distinguished scholars who have contributed to this volume also demonstrate Hope's enduring contribution as an inspirational research leader, collaborator and mentor. Terra Australis leave no doubt that history matters, not only for land management, but more importantly, in alerting settler and indigenous societies alike to their past ecological impacts and future environmental trajectories.



Island Bats

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Author: Theodore H. Fleming
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release: 2010-03-15
ISBN: 0226253317
Size: 64.34 MB
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Category : Science
Languages : en
Pages : 592
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Island Bats

by Theodore H. Fleming, Island Bats Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Island Bats books, The second largest order of mammals, Chiroptera comprises more than one thousand species of bats. Because of their mobility, bats are often the only native mammals on isolated oceanic islands, where more than half of all bat species live. These island bats represent an evolutionarily distinctive and ecologically significant part of the earth’s biological diversity. Island Bats is the first book to focus solely on the evolution, ecology, and conservation of bats living in the world’s island ecosystems. Among other topics, the contributors to this volume examine how the earth’s history has affected the evolution of island bats, investigate how bat populations are affected by volcanic eruptions and hurricanes, and explore the threat of extinction from human disturbance. Geographically diverse, the volume includes studies of the islands of the Caribbean, the Western Indian Ocean, Micronesia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and New Zealand. With its wealth of information from long-term studies, Island Bats provides timely and valuable information about how this fauna has evolved and how it can be conserved.



Encyclopedia Of Islands

Encyclopedia of Islands PDF
Author: Rosemary G. Gillespie
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release: 2009
ISBN: 0520256492
Size: 71.48 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Category : Nature
Languages : en
Pages : 1074
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Encyclopedia Of Islands

by Rosemary G. Gillespie, Encyclopedia Of Islands Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Encyclopedia Of Islands books, "An exceptionally concise and well-organized compilation of lucid accounts of the historical background and current research into all aspects of island science. Anyone with a serious interest in islands needs this tome close at hand."--Alex McBirney, author of "Volcanology and Igneous Petrology" "Scientific research on islands has greatly expanded our knowledge not only of insular biology, but also of the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape biodiversity throughout the world. This beautifully illustrated volume is a comprehensive compendium of all topics related to islands and the science conducted on them. It will be an invaluable resource not only to ecologists and evolutionary biologists, but also to anthropologists, historians, geologists, conservationists, and anyone else interested in the wonderful diversity of islands and their inhabitants."--Jonathan Losos, author of "Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles" ""Encyclopedia of Islands "is an excellent reference guide. I wish I'd had it onboard my vessel, the "Sorcerer II, " during our circumnavigation."--J. Craig Venter, President, J. Craig Venter Institute, and former Founder and Chair, The Institute for Genomic Research