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Here Be Dragons: How the Study of Animal and Plant Distributions Revolutionized Our Views of Life and Earth

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Why do we find polar bears only in the Arctic and penguins only in the Antarctic? Why are marsupials found only in Australia and South America? In a ... Show synopsis

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  • Here Be Dragons: How the Study of Animal and Plant Distributions Revolutionized Our Views of Life and Earth (Oxford University Press, USA) – Hardcover (2009)
    by Dennis McCarthy

    Here Be Dragons: How the Study of Animal and Plant Distributions Revolutionized Our Views of Life and Earth

    Hardcover, Oxford University Press, USA
    2009
    English
    214 pages

    ISBN: 0199542465
    ISBN-13: 9780199542468

    Why do we find polar bears only in the Arctic and penguins only in the Antarctic? Why do oceanic islands often have many types of birds but no large native mammals? As Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace travelled across distant lands studying the wildlife they both noticed that the distribution of plants and animals formed striking patterns - patterns that held strong clues to the past of the planet. The study of the spatial distribution of living things is known as biogeography. It is a field that could be said to ... Show more

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