The Geographical Distribution of Animals: Volume 2

The Geographical Distribution of Animals: Volume 2 : With a Study of the Relations of Living and Extinct Faunas as Elucidating the Past Changes of the Earth's Surface

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Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was a British biologist and explorer whose theories of evolution, arrived at independently, caused Darwin to allow their famous joint paper to go forward to the Linnean Society in 1858. Considered the nineteenth century's leading expert on the geographical distribution of animals, Wallace carried out extensive fieldwork in areas as diverse as North and South America, Africa, China, India and Australia to document the habitats, breeding, migration and feeding behaviour of thousands of species around the world, and the influence of environmental conditions on their survival. First published in 1876, this two-volume set presents Wallace's findings, and represents a landmark in the study of zoology, evolutionary biology and palaeontology which remains relevant to scholars in these fields today. Volume 2 explores the distribution of primates, the habitats and characteristics of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects, and patterns of migration.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7 b/w illus. 2 maps
  • 1139097113
  • 9781139097116

Table of contents

Part III continued. Zoological Geography: A Review of the Chief Forms of Life in the Several Regions and Sub-Regions, with the Indications They Afford of Geographical Mutations: 14. The neotropical region; 15. The nearctic region; 16. Summary of the past changes and general relations of the several regions; Part IV. Geographical Zoology: A Systematic Sketch of the Chief Families of Land Animals in their Geographical Relations: Introduction; 17. The distribution of the families and genera of mammalia; 18. The distribution of the families and genera of bird; 19. The distribution of the families and genera of reptiles and amphibia; 20. The distribution of the families of fishes, with the range of such genera as inhabit fresh water; 21. The distribution of some of the more important families and genera of insects; 22. An outline of the geographical distribution of mollusca; 23. Summary of the distribution and lines of migration of the several classes of animals; Index.
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