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The monkey's voyage : how improbable journeys shaped the history of life, Alan de Queiroz

Label
The monkey's voyage : how improbable journeys shaped the history of life
Title
The monkey's voyage
Title remainder
how improbable journeys shaped the history of life
Statement of responsibility
Alan de Queiroz
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • An evolutionary biologist describes how diverse species of life--including monkeys, frogs and baobab trees--made long-distance trips across the ocean and made their homes around the world, opposing the long-held theory of continental drift. --Publisher's description
  • "Throughout the world, closely related species are found on landmasses separated by wide stretches of ocean. What explains these far-flung distributions? Why are such species found where they are across the Earth? Since the discovery of plate tectonics, scientists have conjectured that plants and animals were scattered over the globe by riding pieces of ancient supercontinents as they broke up. In the past decade, however, that theory has foundered, as the genomic revolution has made reams of new data available. And the data has revealed an extraordinary, stranger-than-fiction story that has sparked a scientific upheaval. In The Monkey's Voyage, biologist Alan de Queiroz describes the radical new view of how fragmented distributions came into being: frogs and mammals rode on rafts and icebergs, tiny spiders drifted on storm winds, and plant seeds were carried in the plumage of sea-going birds to create the map of life we see today. In other words, these organisms were not simply constrained by continental fate; they were the makers of their own geographic destiny. And as de Queiroz shows, the effects of oceanic dispersal have been crucial in generating the diversity of life on Earth, from monkeys and guinea pigs in South America to beech trees and kiwi birds in New Zealand. By toppling the idea that the slow process of continental drift is the main force behind the odd distributions of organisms, this theory highlights the dynamic and unpredictable nature of the history of life."--
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From publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
De Queiroz, Alan
Dewey number
570
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QH543.3
LC item number
.D42 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Animals
  • Plants
  • Biogeography
  • Animals
  • Biogeography
  • Plants
  • Biogeografie
  • Pflanzen
  • Tiere
  • Verbreitungsökologie
  • Animals
Label
The monkey's voyage : how improbable journeys shaped the history of life, Alan de Queiroz
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Of garter snakes and Gondwana -- Earth and life -- From Noah's ark to New York : the roots of the story -- The fragmented world -- Over the edge of reason -- New Zealand stirrings -- Trees and time -- The DNA explosion -- Believe the forest -- The improbable, the rare, the mysterious, and the miraculous -- The green web -- A frog's tale -- The monkey's voyage -- The long, strange history of the Gondwanan islands -- Transformations -- The structure of biogeographic "revolutions" -- A world shaped by miracles -- Epilogue : the driftwood coast
Control code
ocn858975420
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vii, 360 pages
Isbn
9780465020515
Lccn
2013036248
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o858975420
  • (OCoLC)858975420
Label
The monkey's voyage : how improbable journeys shaped the history of life, Alan de Queiroz
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Of garter snakes and Gondwana -- Earth and life -- From Noah's ark to New York : the roots of the story -- The fragmented world -- Over the edge of reason -- New Zealand stirrings -- Trees and time -- The DNA explosion -- Believe the forest -- The improbable, the rare, the mysterious, and the miraculous -- The green web -- A frog's tale -- The monkey's voyage -- The long, strange history of the Gondwanan islands -- Transformations -- The structure of biogeographic "revolutions" -- A world shaped by miracles -- Epilogue : the driftwood coast
Control code
ocn858975420
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vii, 360 pages
Isbn
9780465020515
Lccn
2013036248
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o858975420
  • (OCoLC)858975420

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