The Song of the Dodo

The Song of the Dodo

Island Biogeography in An Age of Extinctions

Book - 2004
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David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo , is a brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope, far-reaching in its message -- a crucial book in precarious times, which radically alters the way in which we understand the natural world and our place in that world. It's also a book full of entertainment and wonders.
In The Song of the Dodo , we follow Quammen's keen intellect through the ideas, theories, and experiments of prominent naturalists of the last two centuries. We trail after him as he travels the world, tracking the subject of island biogeography, which encompasses nothing less than the study of the origin and extinction of all species. Why is this island idea so important? Because islands are where species most commonly go extinct -- and because, as Quammen points out, we live in an age when all of Earth's landscapes are being chopped into island-like fragments by human activity.
Through his eyes, we glimpse the nature of evolution and extinction, and in so doing come to understand the monumental diversity of our planet, and the importance of preserving its wild landscapes, animals, and plants. We also meet some fascinating human characters. By the book's end we are wiser, and more deeply concerned, but Quammen leaves us with a message of excitement and hope.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2004
Edition: 1st trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780684827124
Branch Call Number: 577.52 Q16s
Characteristics: 702 p. : maps ; 24 cm


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Jan 23, 2017

I love this book.It is well written, amusing and very informative, just like Quammen's other works.This is a very thought -provoking book, a must for anyone interested in our world.

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