The Ghosts of Evolution

The Ghosts of Evolution

Nonsensical Fruit, Missing Partners, and Other Ecological Anachronisms

Book - 2000
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Ecological science is changing because of a recent discovery: Every field, forest, and park is full of living organisms adapted for relationships with creatures that have long been extinct. In this book, the author shows how this idea of "missing partners" in nature evolved from isolated, curious examples into an idea that is transforming how ecologists understand the entire flora and fauna of the Americas. Barlow's report on a scientific program in its infancy puts the cutting edge of evolutionary thought within the grasp of any amateur naturalist. This book connects modern parks, supermarket produce sections, and even shopping-mall parking lots with remnants of the elephants, camels, giant sloths, rhinos, and lions that once roamed North America.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2000
ISBN: 9780465005529
Branch Call Number: 577.097 Barl
Characteristics: xi, 291 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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Jun 13, 2016

The middle, when she finally gets to the particular plants, was my favorite part.


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