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Chasing kangaroos : a continent, a scientist, and a search for the world's most extraordinary creature

Author: Tim F Flannery
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2007].
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Conservationist Flannery draws on three decades of travel, research, and field work to craft a love letter to his native land and one of its most unique and beloved inhabitants: the kangaroo. Crisscrossing the continent, Flannery shows us how the destiny of this extraordinary creature is inseparable from the environment that created it. Along the way he uses encounters with ancient aboriginal cultures and eccentric  Read more...
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Named Person: Tim F Flannery; Tim F Flannery
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tim F Flannery
OCLC Number: 1029265689
Notes: Originally published: Country : a continent, a scientist & a kangaroo. Melbourne : Text Pub., 2004.
Description: 1 online resource (258 pages : illustrations (some color), maps)
Contents: Map --
Introduction : Vanished country --
1. A failed circumnavigation --
2. Captain Cook's kangaroo --
3. Quokkas, Euros and stinkers --
4. The last of the frontier --
5. Of nailtails and nailed tyres --
6. Kangaroo essence --
7. Dead-end in the Inland Sea --
8. The mystery of hopping --
9. The brightest place on Earth --
10. The oldest kangaroo --
11. Skeletons in the dead centre --
12. Where the great roos came from --
13. The age of kangaroos --
14. Advancing with feet or stomach? --
15. Grass for the kangaroos --
16. Not formed for such work --
17. Land of giants --
18. Is the answer 46? --
19. World conquest --
20. A dingo-driven revolution --
21. The age of mammals in Australia --
22. The Groote Eylandt --
23. The true experts --
24. Symbols of the New Land --
25. Oolacunta! --
26. Re-making country --
Postscript --
Family tree --
Acknowledgments --
General bibliography --
Index.
Other Titles: Country
Responsibility: Tim Flannery.
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Conservationist Flannery draws on three decades of travel, research, and field work to craft a love letter to his native land and one of its most unique and beloved inhabitants: the kangaroo. Crisscrossing the continent, Flannery shows us how the destiny of this extraordinary creature is inseparable from the environment that created it. Along the way he uses encounters with ancient aboriginal cultures and eccentric fossil hunters, farmers and scientists, kangaroo advocates and kangaroo hunters, to explore how Australia's deserts and rainforests have shaped human responses to the continent--and how kangaroos have evolved to handle the resulting challenges. A synthesis of memoir, travel, natural history, and evolutionary science.--From publisher description.

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