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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

Author: Alfred Russel Wallace; David Quammen; Lawrence R Heaney
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013.
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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  Read more...
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Wallace, Alfred Russel, 1823-1913, author.
Island life, or, The phenomena and causes of insular faunas and floras.
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013
(DLC) 2013003830
(OCoLC)817580289
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alfred Russel Wallace; David Quammen; Lawrence R Heaney
ISBN: 9780226045177 022604517X 1299714919 9781299714915
OCLC Number: 852158705
Notes: "This is a facsimile of the 1880 edition published by Macmillan, London"--t.p. verso.
Description: 1 online resource (pages cm.)
Contents: Part I. The Dispersal of Organisms; Its Phenomena, Laws, and Cause; Chapter I. Introductory; Chapter II. The Elementary Facts of Distribution; Chapter III. Classification of the Facts of Distribution.-Zoological Regions; Chapter IV. Evolution the Key to Distribution; Chapter V. The Powers of Dispersal of Animals and Plants; Chapter VI. Geographical and Geological Changes: The Permanence of Continents; Chapter VII. Changes of Climate Which Have Influenced the Dispersal of Organisms: The Glacial Epoch; Chapter VIII. The Causes of Glacial Epoch Chapter IX. Ancient Glacial Epochs, and Mild Climates in the Arctic RegionsChapter X. The Earth's Age, and the Rate of Development of Animals and Plants; Part II. Insular Faunas and Floras; Chapter XI. The Classification of Islands; Chapter XII. Oceanic Islands :-The Azores and Bermuda The Azores, OB Western Islands; Chapter XIII. The Galapagos Islands; Chapter XIV. St. Helena; Chapter XV. The Sandwich Islands; Chapter XVI. Continental Islands of Recent Origin: Great Britain; Chapter XVII. Borneo and Java; Chapter XVIII. Japan and Formosa Chapter XIX. Ancient Continental Islands: The Madagascar GroupChapter XX. Anomalous Islands: Celebes; Chapter XXI. Anomalous Islands : New Zealand; Chapter XXII. The Flora of New Zealand: It's Affinities and Probable Origin; Chapter XXIII. On the Arctic Element in South Temperate Floras; Chapter XXIV. Summary and Conclusion
Other Titles: Phenomena and causes of insular faunas and floras
Responsibility: by Alfred Russel Wallace ; with a foreword by David Quammen ; and an introduction with commentary by Lawrence R. Heaney.

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