RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 817580289 LA English T1 Island life, or, The phenomena and causes of insular faunas and floras : including a revision and attempted solution of the problem of geological climates A1 Wallace, Alfred Russel,, Quammen, David,, Heaney, Lawrence R.,, YR 2013 SN 9780226045030 022604503X 022604517X 9780226045177 AB 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. Published to commemorate the centennial of Wallace's death, this reissue of the first edition of Island Life, with a foreward by David Quammen and an extensive commentary 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. -- Back cover.