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Uninhabited by humans, the Mascarene Islands of the Indian Ocean were once home to an extraordinary range of birds and reptiles: giant tortoises, parrots, skinks, geckos, burrowing boas, flightless rails and herons, and, most famously, dodos.
But the discovery of the three isolated islands in the 1500s, and their colonisation in the 1600s, led to dramatic ecological changes. The dodo became extinct on its home island of Mauritius within several decades, and over the next 150 years most native vertebrates suffered the same fate.
This fascinating book provides the first full ecological history of the Mascarene Islands as well as the specific story of each extinct vertebrate, accompanied by Julian Hume's superb colour illustrations.
"A scientific resource that will long be essential to anyone studying evolution and conservation of insular organisms."--Storrs L./i>--Storrs L. Olson"Science" (08/15/2008)
|Geography of the Mascarenes||p. 13|
|First contact||p. 21|
|The pristine islands||p. 32|
|Where did the Dodo come from?||p. 53|
|Early settlement||p. 75|
|United under France||p. 90|
|A century of sugar||p. 116|
|The limits to growth||p. 155|
|A miraculous survival||p. 203|
|Practical conservation on Mauritius and Rodrigues||p. 226|
|Tailpiece: La Ravine Saint-Gilles||p. 274|
|Notes on Chapters 1-11||p. 276|
|Land vertebrates introduced to the Mascarenes||p. 368|
|Native fauna in Mauritius||p. 371|
|Native fauna in Reunion||p. 374|
|Native fauna in Rodrigues||p. 376|
|Introduced fauna in Mauritius||p. 378|
|Introduced fauna in Reunion||p. 381|
|Introduced fauna in Rodrigues||p. 383|
|Faunal observations on the northern islets of Mauritius||p. 384|
|Sources for appendices 2-8||p. 388|
|Notes for Appendices 2-9||p. 390|
|Contributions of travellers, collectors and fossils to knowledge of the Mauritius land vertebrate fauna||p. 395|
|Contributions of travellers, collectors and fossils to knowledge of the Reunion land verrebrate fauna||p. 396|
|Contributions of travellers, collectors and fossils to knowledge of the Rodrigues land vertebrate fauna||p. 397|
|Excavations in 2005 and 2006||p. 398|
|Species lists for artwork in the colour section||p. 400|
|Local names of Mascarene vertebrates||p. 402|
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Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st September 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.1 x 19.3 x 3.6
Weight (kg): 1.542