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The tapir's morning bath : mysteries of the tropical rain forest and the scientists who are trying to solve them

Author: Elizabeth Royte
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One hundred and fifty years ago, Charles Darwin asked how a rain forest could contain so many species: "What explains the riot?" The same question occupies the scientists who toil on Panama's Barro Colorado Island today. Tropical and steamy, the six-square-mile island, a locus of scientific activity since 1923, contains the best-studied rain forest in the world."
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Royte
ISBN: 0395979978 9780395979976 0618257586 9780618257584
OCLC Number: 46884151
Description: 328 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Contents: The Lab in the Jungle --
Pieces of the Frame --
Cocktails with Bert --
The Covert Troop --
The Ingenious Habit --
Rat Patrol --
Higher Primates --
The Rainy Season --
Bug Jocks --
Random Error --
Hubi, Toolmaker --
The Disappearing Naturalist --
The Division of Cells --
Wonderland --
Saving the Whales --
Tropical Derelict --
A Maverick Reconsiders --
The Great Unknown.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Royte.
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"One hundred and fifty years ago, Charles Darwin asked how a rain forest could contain so many species: "What explains the riot?" The same question occupies the scientists who toil on Panama's Barro Colorado Island today. Tropical and steamy, the six-square-mile island, a locus of scientific activity since 1923, contains the best-studied rain forest in the world."

"In The Tapir's Morning Bath, Elizabeth Royte weaves together her own adventures on Barro Colorado with tales of researchers struggling to parse the intricate workings of the rain forest, the most complicated natural system on the planet. Through the lens of the field station, she traces the history of modern biology from its earliest days of collection and classification through the decline of the naturalist tradition to the days of intense niche specialization and rigorous scientific quantification."--Jacket.

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