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    DescriptionThe landscapes of Madagascar have long delighted zoologists, who have discovered, in and among the island's baobad trees and thickets, a dizzying array of animals, including something approaching one hundred species of lemur. Madagascar's mammal fauna, for example, is far more diverse, and more endemic, than early explorers and naturalists ever dreamed of. But in the 2,500 or so years since the arrival of the island's first human settlers, the vast majority of its forests have disappeared, and in the wake of this loss a number of species unique to Madagascar have vanished forever into extinction. In Extinct Madagascar, noted scientists Steven M. Goodman and William L. Jungers explore the recent past of these land animal extinctions. Beginning with an introduction to the geologic and ecological history of Madagascar that provides context for the evolution, diversification, and, in some cases, rapid decline of the Malagasy fauna, Goodman and Jungers then seek to recapture these extinct mammals in their environs. Aided in their quest by artist Velizar Simeonovski's beautiful and haunting paintings - images of both individual species and ecosystem assemblages reproduced here in full color - Goodman and Jungers reconstruct the lives of these lost animals and trace their relationships to those still living. Published in conjunction with an exhibition of Simeonovski's paintings set to open at the Field Museum, Chicago, in the fall of 2014, Goodman and Jungers' awe-inspiring book will serve not only as a sobering reminder of the very real threat of extinction, but also as a stunning tribute to Madagascar's biodiversity and a catalyst for further research and conservation.

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    Extinct Madagascar
    Picturing the Island's Past
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Steven M. Goodman, By (author) William L. Jungers, With Velizar Simeonovski
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 296
    Width: 216 mm
    Height: 279 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 885 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226143972
    ISBN 10: 022614397X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HSM
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/ECOLGY
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    DC22: 560
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17610
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 09
    BIC subject category V2: RNKH1, PSAF
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: NAT011000, SCI054000
    B&T Approval Code: A61350000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI020000, SCI070030
    B&T Approval Code: A60250000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 560.691
    LC classification: QE757.M28 G664 2014
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC23: 508.09691
    Thema V1.0: RNK, PSAF, RNKH1, RBX
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1HSM
    Illustrations note
    21 colour plates, 87 halftones, 12 tables
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    14 October 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Steven M. Goodman is the MacArthur Field Biologist at the Field Museum, Chicago, and based in Antananarivo, Madagascar. He is coeditor of The Natural History of Madagascar and Atlas of Selected Land Vertebrates of Madagascar, the former published and the latter distributed by the University of Chicago Press. William L. Jungers is distinguished teaching professor and chair of anatomical sciences at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
    Review quote
    "An authoritative and fascinating exploration of one of Nature's greatest evolutionary experiments."--Ian Tattersall, American Museum of Natural History "author of "Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins" "