A Gap in Nature

Discovering the World's Extinct Animals

Author: Tim Fridtjof Flannery,Peter Schouten

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

ISBN: 9780871137975

Category: History

Page: 184

View: 2399

Introduces the many animal species that became extinct over the past five centuries as the result of European expansion into various parts of the world, including the great auk, Carolina parakeet, thylacine, and passenger pigeon.

A Gap in Nature

Discovering the World's Extinct Animals

Author: Tim Fridtjof Flannery,Peter Schouten

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780434008193

Category: Extinct animals

Page: 184

View: 4447

A lament for the lost animals of the world. In collaboration with Peter Schouten, a prominent wildlife artist, Flannery catalogues over 100 creatures that have vanished from the face of the earth.

A Gap in Nature

Discovering the World's Extinct Animals

Author: Tim Fridtjof Flannery,Peter Schouten

Publisher: Virago Press

ISBN: 9781876485771

Category: Extinct animals

Page: 184

View: 9750

We live in an age of extinction. A Gap in Nature, written by Tim Flannery and breathtakingly illustrated by Peter Schouten, tells the magic story of how, after Columbus' bold discovery of the Americas in 1492, the impact of European exploration and settlement was to prove fatal for many of the planet's most bizarre and extraordinary creatures. Some species disappeared before they could be properly documented, and others became extinct when overzealous collectors shot their last members. Every part of the planet was affected, from the Caribbean to the Arctic North, from the tiniest Pacific island to Eurasia, the great landmass of them all.

The Gap

The Science of What Separates Us from Other Animals

Author: Thomas Suddendorf

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465069843

Category: Science

Page: 352

View: 8080

There exists an undeniable chasm between the capacities of humans and those of animals, but what exactly is the difference between our minds and theirs? In The Gap, psychologist Thomas Suddendorf provides a definitive account of what makes human minds unique and how this disparity arose. He proposes that two innovations account for all of the ways in which our minds appear so distinct: our open-ended ability to imagine and reflect, and our insatiable drive to link our minds together. It is not language or morality that set us apart, but the ability to consider a range of scenarios, real and imagined, past and future. A provocative argument for reconsidering our place in nature, The Gap is essential reading for anyone interested in our evolutionary origins and our relationship with the rest of the animal kingdom.

Mind the Gap

The Education of a Nature Writer

Author: John Hay

Publisher: University of Nevada Press

ISBN: 9780874176926

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 121

View: 1229

Deals with the author's life in a rural community on Cape Cod, addressing such subjects as the annual herring spawn, resident and migratory birds, wildlife, his neighbors, and the complex rhythms of life in this region of plunging winds and vast seas. This work explores the literary and environmental influences that shaped his interest in nature.

Lost Animals

Extinction and the Photographic Record

Author: Errol Fuller

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408172151

Category: Endangered species

Page: 256

View: 2090

Caught on camera prior to their demise, this book reveals the surprisingly rich photographic record of now-extinct animals.

Vanished Species

Author: David Day,Prince Philip (consort of Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain)

Publisher: Popular Culture Ink

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 8746

Describes and illustrates nearly 300 species of birds, reptiles, mammals and fish that have become extinct during the last three centuries and lists animals that are close to extinction

Extinct animals

an encyclopedia of species that have disappeared during human history

Author: Ross Piper

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group

ISBN: 9780313349874

Category: Nature

Page: 204

View: 6250

An accessible resource to the animals that have become extinct during human history.

Design in Nature

How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organizations

Author: Adrian Bejan,J. Peder Zane

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307744345

Category: Science

Page: 296

View: 2670

Reveals how recurring patterns in nature are accounted for by a single governing principle of physics, explaining how all designs in the world from biological life to inanimate systems evolve in a sequence of ever-improving designs that facilitate flow.

The Gap of Time

A Novel

Author: Jeanette Winterson

Publisher: Hogarth

ISBN: 0804141363

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 6240

The Winter’s Tale is one of Shakespeare’s “late plays.” It tells the story of a king whose jealousy results in the banishment of his baby daughter and the death of his beautiful wife. His daughter is found and brought up by a shepherd on the Bohemian coast, but through a series of extraordinary events, father and daughter, and eventually mother too, are reunited. In The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson’s cover version of The Winter’s Tale, we move from London, a city reeling after the 2008 financial crisis, to a storm-ravaged American city called New Bohemia. Her story is one of childhood friendship, money, status, technology and the elliptical nature of time. Written with energy and wit, this is a story of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand, and redemption and the enduring love of a lost child on the other. From the Hardcover edition.

Astonishing Animals

Extraordinary Creatures and the Fantastic Worlds They Inhabit

Author: Tim Flannery

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802194176

Category: Nature

Page: 192

View: 8359

From the authors of A Gap in Nature, a breathtaking visual adventure showcasing ninety of the world’s most astounding creatures Sumptuous birds of paradise, amazing soft-shell turtles, frogs that look like tomatoes, and terrifying fish (including the deep-water angler fish from Finding Nemo) are just some of the extraordinary creatures that can be found in Tim Flannery and Peter Schouten’s new book, Astonishing Animals. Superbly illustrated in lifelike full-color paintings, Astonishing Animals details ninety of the world’s most amazing animals from around the world. In this book you will find the Hairy Seadevil, the spectacular Sulawesi Naked Bat, and in the depths of the limestone caves in Slovenia, the Olm, a pink, four-legged, sightless salamander that lives for a hundred years. In fascinating vignettes, Flannery offers the true evolutionary tale of how each of these bizarre creatures came to look the way they do. Alongside each historical account is a stunning hand-painted color reproduction (life-size in the original painting) by Schouten. Filled with purple-faced apes, jagged-toothed dolphins, and antlered lizards, Astonishing Animals is a remarkable collection of the world’s most incredible creatures and the stories behind their remarkable survival into a modern age.

The Song Of The Dodo

Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions

Author: David Quammen

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448137403

Category: Nature

Page: 704

View: 4629

Why have island ecosystems always suffered such high rates of extinction? In our age, with all the world's landscapes, from Tasmania to the Amazon to Yellowstone, now being carved into island-like fragments by human activity, the implications of this question are more urgent than ever. Over the past eight years, David Quammen has followed the threads of island biogeography on a globe-encircling journey of discovery.

Here on Earth

A Natural History of the Planet

Author: Tim Flannery

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802195601

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 3321

From the internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer, and conservationist comes an awe-inspiring account of earth’s evolution. Beginning at the moment of creation with the Big Bang, Here on Earth explores the evolution of Earth from a galactic cloud of dust and gas to a planet with a metallic core and early signs of life within a billion years of being created. In a compelling narrative, Flannery describes the formation of the Earth’s crust and atmosphere, as well as the transformation of the planet’s oceans from toxic brews of metals (such as iron, copper, and lead) to life-sustaining bodies covering seventy percent of the planet’s surface. Life, Flannery shows, first appeared in these oceans in the form of microscopic plants and bacteria, and these metals served as catalysts for the earliest biological processes known to exist. From this starting point, Flannery tells the fascinating story of the evolution of our own species, exploring several early human species—from the diminutive creatures (the famed hobbits) who lived in Africa around two million years ago to Homo erectus—before turning his attention to Homo sapiens. Drawing on Charles Darwin’s and Alfred Russell Wallace’s theories of evolution and Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis, Here on Earth is a dazzling account of life on our planet. “You’ll discover why Tim Flannery’s books have made him the rock star of modern science.” —Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel

Dinosaurs to Dodos

An Encyclopedia of Extinct Animals

Author: Don Lessem

Publisher: Scholastic Reference

ISBN: 9780590316842

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 3452

Presents the names, physical characteristics, and places of origin of a variety of extinct animals, arranged chronologically into eras, periods, and epochs, and discusses times of mass extinction.

The Best Book of Endangered and Extinct Animals

Author: Christiane Gunzi

Publisher: Kingfisher

ISBN: 9780753457573

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 31

View: 3539

From dinosaurs to Siberian tigers, this title is a superb introduction to creatures that are either extinct, such as the dodo, or those that are under threat. Discover some of the wildest habitats on Earth and the endangered animals that live there. Examine how people are working to save their fellow creatures.

Extinct Birds

Author: Errol Fuller

Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 398

View: 5049

A fascinating tour of extinct birds uses more than three hundred illustrations in full color and black and white to introduce readers to more than eighty species of birds that have disappeared since 1600, including the passenger pigeon and dodo.

A Window on Eternity

A Biologist’s Walk Through Gorongosa National Park

Author: Edward O., Wilson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476747431

Category: Nature

Page: 176

View: 2614

The remarkable story of how one of the most biologically diverse habitats in the world was destroyed, restored, and continues to evolve—with stunning, full-color photographs by two of the world’s best wildlife photographers. A Window on Eternity is a stunning book of splendid prose and gorgeous photography about one of the biologically richest places in Africa and perhaps in the world. Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique was nearly destroyed in a brutal civil war, then was reborn and is now evolv-ing back to its original state. Edward O. Wilson’s personal, luminous description of the wonders of Gorongosa is beautifully complemented by Piotr Naskrecki’s extraordinary photographs of the park’s exquisite natural beauty. A bonus DVD of Academy Award–winning director Jessica Yu’s documentary, The Guide, is also included with the book. Wilson takes readers to the summit of Mount Gorongosa, sacred to the local people and the park’s vital watershed. From the forests of the mountain he brings us to the deep gorges on the edge of the Rift Valley, previously unexplored by biologists, to search for new species and assess their ancient origins. He describes amazing animal encounters from huge colonies of agricultural termites to spe­cialized raider ants that feed on them to giant spi­ders, a battle between an eagle and a black mamba, “conversations” with traumatized elephants that survived the slaughter of the park’s large animals, and more. He pleads for Gorongosa—and other wild places—to be allowed to exist and evolve in its time­less way uninterrupted into the future. As he examines the near destruction and rebirth of Gorongosa, Wilson analyzes the balance of nature, which, he observes, teeters on a razor’s edge. Loss of even a single species can have serious ramifications throughout an ecosystem, and yet we are carelessly destroying complex biodiverse ecosystems with unknown consequences. The wildlands in which these ecosystems flourish gave birth to humanity, and it is this natural world, still evolving, that may outlast us and become our leg­acy, our window on eternity.

Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature

Author: William Cronon

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393315118

Category: History

Page: 561

View: 8421

Essays by revisionist historians, scientists, and cultural critics explore the connection between nature and American culture, analyzing how it is packaged and presented at places such as Sea World and the Nature Company stores

The Better Angels of Our Nature

Why Violence Has Declined

Author: Steven Pinker

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: 0143122010

Category: Psychology

Page: 802

View: 8215

Presents a controversial history of violence which argues that today's world is the most peaceful time in human existence, drawing on psychological insights into intrinsic values that are causing people to condemn violence as an acceptable measure.

The Black-White Test Score Gap

Author: Christopher Jencks,Meredith Phillips

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9780815746119

Category: Education

Page: 536

View: 1709

The test score gap between blacks and whites--on vocabulary, reading, and math tests, as well as on tests that claim to measure scholastic aptitude and intelligence--is large enough to have far-reaching social and economic consequences. In their introduction to this book, Christopher Jencks and Meredith Phillips argue that eliminating the disparity would dramatically reduce economic and educational inequality between blacks and whites. Indeed, they think that closing the gap would do more to promote racial equality than any other strategy now under serious discussion. The book offers a comprehensive look at the factors that contribute to the test score gap and discusses options for substantially reducing it. Although significant attempts have been made over the past three decades to shrink the test score gap, including increased funding for predominantly black schools, desegregation of southern schools, and programs to alleviate poverty, the median black American still scores below 75 percent of American whites on most standardized tests. The book brings together recent evidence on some of the most controversial and puzzling aspects of the test score debate, including the role of test bias, heredity, and family background. It also looks at how and why the gap has changed over the past generation, reviews the educational, psychological, and cultural explanations for the gap, and analyzes its educational and economic consequences. The authors demonstrate that traditional explanations account for only a small part of the black-white test score gap. They argue that this is partly because traditional explanations have put too much emphasis on racial disparities in economic resources, both in homes and in schools, and on demographic factors like family structure. They say that successful theories will put more emphasis on psychological and cultural factors, such as the way black and white parents teach their children to deal with things they do not know or understand, and the way black and white children respond to the same classroom experiences. Finally, they call for large-scale experiments to determine the effects of schools' racial mix, class size, ability grouping, and other policies. In addition to the editors, the contributors include Claude Steele, Ronald Ferguson, William G. Bowen, Philip Cook, and William Julius Wilson.