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Lost Land of the Dodo - Anthony Cheke


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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)

Prefacep. 6
Acknowledgementsp. 8
Introductionp. 10
Geography of the Mascarenesp. 13
First contactp. 21
The pristine islandsp. 32
Where did the Dodo come from?p. 53
Early settlementp. 75
United under Francep. 90
A century of sugarp. 116
The limits to growthp. 155
A miraculous survivalp. 203
Practical conservation on Mauritius and Rodriguesp. 226
Reflectionsp. 260
Tailpiece: La Ravine Saint-Gillesp. 274
Notes on Chapters 1-11p. 276
Land vertebrates introduced to the Mascarenesp. 368
Native fauna in Mauritiusp. 371
Native fauna in Reunionp. 374
Native fauna in Rodriguesp. 376
Introduced fauna in Mauritiusp. 378
Introduced fauna in Reunionp. 381
Introduced fauna in Rodriguesp. 383
Faunal observations on the northern islets of Mauritiusp. 384
Sources for appendices 2-8p. 388
Notes for Appendices 2-9p. 390
Contributions of travellers, collectors and fossils to knowledge of the Mauritius land vertebrate faunap. 395
Contributions of travellers, collectors and fossils to knowledge of the Reunion land verrebrate faunap. 396
Contributions of travellers, collectors and fossils to knowledge of the Rodrigues land vertebrate faunap. 397
Excavations in 2005 and 2006p. 398
Species lists for artwork in the colour sectionp. 400
Local names of Mascarene vertebratesp. 402
Bibliographyp. 405
Indexp. 453
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ISBN: 9780300141863
ISBN-10: 0300141866
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st September 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.1 x 19.3  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 1.542