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Continent of Curiosities : A Journey through Australian Natural History - Danielle Clode

Continent of Curiosities

A Journey through Australian Natural History


Published: 11th September 2006
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Collecting curiosities was a gentlemanly occupation for wealthy and educated 18th-century Europeans. Few creatures aroused more curiosity than those from Australia. But collections demand organisation, and classification itself reveals patterns to life that cannot be ignored. From a leisurely occupation, the science of biology was born. Cabinets de curiosites became national museums, with specimens from Australia playing an integral role in all kinds of biological debates. Australian museums now foster their own research and continue to provide major and sometimes unexpected perspectives to international scientific developments. Continent of Curiosities follows the thread of individual natural history stories through the scientists of one of Australia's oldest museums, Museum Victoria. Together, these stories weave a history of the development of biological science from an Australian perspective, with insights into the people and places that influence the way we see and understand the natural world around us.

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Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Visions from the Old World: The Last 500 Yearsp. 1
Curious collectionsp. 3
A beast named Sup. 13
Local knowledgep. 29
Into the Forests: The Last 250 000 Yearsp. 41
Water, water everywherep. 43
Forests of firep. 57
The mystery of the reappearing possumsp. 71
From Fossils and Bones: The Last 250 Million Yearsp. 85
The case of the missing molluscp. 87
Brainboxp. 101
The ape casep. 115
Visions of New Worlds: The Last 4.5 Billion Yearsp. 129
Lines in the seap. 131
Shifting continentsp. 147
Is there life on Mars?p. 159
Sourcesp. 173
Referencesp. 189
List of illustrationsp. 202
Indexp. 206
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ISBN: 9780521866200
ISBN-10: 0521866200
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 11th September 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.8 x 20.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.69