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Neptune's Ark by David Rains Wallace
Book Description"Neptune's Ark" illuminates the dramatic saga of evolution spanning 500 million years of marine life along the magnificent Pacific coast of western North America. In an engaging narrative that artfully blends elements of science, history, folklore, and personal observation, renowned naturalist David Rains Wallace reveals a marvelous diversity of creatures, not only modern ones, but those from the far prehistoric past.Mysterious forms have abounded - from giant sea cows, oyster bears, and flightless toothed birds to the orcas, elephant seals, and sea otters of modern times. Wallace tells a story about evolution, as well as a tale of the storms, scurvy, and shipwrecks that plagued the coast's explorers, naturalists, and scientists, many of whom led turbulent or tragic lives, with themes reflected in the wonder and danger of the coast itself. "Neptune's Ark" is full of vivid characters - from explorers like Sir Francis Drake and Captain James Cook, to pioneer naturalists, including Georg Steller and Charles Scammon, to early paleontologists Othniel Marsh and Edward Cope, and to recent scientists and ecological visionaries.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520258143
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author David Rains Wallace
Chuckwalla Land, Hardback (April 2011)
Discusses distinctive corner of California - its desert, the driest and hottest environment in North America. This title illuminates the desert's intriguing flora and fauna as he explores a controversial, unresolved scientific debate about the origin and evolution of its unusual ecosystems.
Beasts of Eden, Paperback (August 2005)
Presents an account of fossil discoveries and an overview of what those discoveries have revealed about early mammals and their evolution. This book features towering mammoths, tiny horses, giant-clawed ground sloths, whales with legs, uintatheres, zhelestids, and other exotic extinct creatures.
Klamath Knot, Paperback (April 2003)» View all books by David Rains Wallace
This work is a vision of wilderness in the Klamath Mountains of northwest California and southwest Oregon, seen through the lens of "evolutionary mythology". Using his explorations of the diverse ecosystems in this region, the author ponders the role of evolution and myth in American culture.
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Author Biography - David Rains Wallace
David Rains Wallace is the author of sixteen books, including Beasts of Eden: Walking Whales, Dawn Horses, and Other Enigmas of Mammal Evolution (UC Press), A New York Times Notable Book; The Klamath Knot: Explorations of Myth and Evolution (Twentieth Anniversary Edition, UC Press), winner of the John Burroughs Medal; The Bonehunter's Revenge: Dinosaurs, Greed, and the Greatest Scientific Feud of the Gilded Age; and The Monkey's Bridge: Mysteries of Evolution in Central America, A New York Times Notable Book.
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