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Europe : A Natural History - Tim Flannery

Paperback Published: 1st October 2018
ISBN: 9781925603941
Number Of Pages: 368

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A surprising and absorbing new work of scientific, historical and environmental investigation from one of Australia's most brilliant minds.

It is hard to overstate just how unusual Europe was towards the end of the age of the dinosaurs. It was a dynamic island arc whose individual landmasses were made up of diverse geological types, including ancient continental fragments, raised segments of oceanic crust, and land newly minted by volcanic activity. Yet even at this early stage Europe was exerting a disproportionate influence on the world.

About 100 million years ago, the interaction of three continents - Asia, North America and Africa - formed the tropical island archipelago that would become the Europe of today, a place of exceptional diversity, rapid change and high energy.

Europe- A Natural History is full of surprises. Over the millennia Europe has received countless immigrant species and transformed them. It is where the first coral reefs formed. It was once home to some of the world's largest elephants. And it played a vital role in the evolution of our own species.

When the first modern humans arrived in Europe 40,000 years ago, they began to exert an astonishing influence on the continent's flora and fauna, and now, Europeans lead the way in wildlife restoration - there are more wolves in Europe today than in the USA. This enthralling ecological history is more than the story of Europe and the Europeans, it will change our understanding of life itself.

Industry Reviews

`This man is a national treasure, and we should heed his every word.' * Sunday Telegraph *
`Accessible and engaging..An enlightening and uplifting view of the future.' * Readings on Sunlight & Seaweed *
`This new book is among [Flannery's] best...Wonderfully thought provoking...Well informed and sobering.' * Australian on Sunlight & Seaweed *
`A small book full of big ideas...This book doesn't just wow the reader with nifty ideas; Flannery explains how they actually work, with his signature fluency and clarity.' * Australian Book Review on Sunlight & Seaweed *
`This excellent book kept making me smile from sheer pleasure at what I was learning and how astonishing life on earth really is...If there's a better way to learn about the last 100 million years on earth, I haven't found one.' * Great Escape Books *
`[Flannery] is a master storyteller, with an eye for the revealing detail.' * Australian Book Review *
`Fluent and funny.' * North & South *
`A masterclass in science writing.' * New Zealand Listener (Best Books of 2018) *
`A magisterial and very readable scholarly book that will feed your dreaming self all through the winter.' -- Theo Drogan * Irish Times, Best Books of 2018 *
'An exciting book, full of wonder, affection and hope.' * Sunday Times *
'Australian writer Tim Flannery is a man of dazzling talents: scientist, climate change activist, academic, explorer. In his latest book, Europe, he also turns time-traveller, invoking HG Wells' fictional invention as he first sets the dials to whizz back 100 million years, before the continent had begun to emerge as a separate entity.' * NZ Noted *

ISBN: 9781925603941
ISBN-10: 1925603946
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st October 2018
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.5

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Tim Flannery

About the Author


Tim Flannery is a paleontologist, explorer and conservationist. He is a leading writer on climate change and the 2007 Australian of the Year. His books include the award-winning international bestseller The Weather Makers, The Future Eaters, Here on Earth and Atmosphere of Hope. He is currently chief councillor of the Climate Council.

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