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The ghosts of evolution : nonsensical fruit, missing partners, and other ecological anachronisms

Author: Connie C Barlow
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Ecological science is changing because of a recent discovery: Every field, forest, and park is full of living organisms adapted for relationships with creatures that have long been extinct. In this book, the author shows how this idea of "missing partners" in nature evolved from isolated, curious examples into an idea that is transforming how ecologists understand the entire flora and fauna of the Americas. Barlow's  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Connie C Barlow
ISBN: 0465005519 9780465005512 0465005527 9780465005529
OCLC Number: 46718210
Description: xi, 291 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Ghost stories --
Ecological anachronisms and their missing partners --
Megafaunal dispersal syndrome --
Advancing the theory --
Fruitful longing --
Extreme anachronisms --
Armaments from another era --
Who are the ghosts? --
Consequences --
Great work.
Responsibility: Connie Barlow.
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Connie Barlow shows how the idea of "missing partners" in nature evolved from isolated, curious examples into an idea that is transforming how ecologists understand the entire flora and fauna of the  Read more...

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