Lost Land of the Dodo: An Ecological History of Mauritius, Réunion & Rodrigues

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 2008 - Science - 464 pages

Uninhabited by humans, the Mascarene Islands of the Indian Ocean were once home to an extraordinary range of birds and reptiles: giant tortoises, parrots, skinks, geckos, burrowing boas, flightless rails and herons, and, most famously, dodos. But the discovery of the three isolated islands in the 1500s, and their colonization in the 1600s, led to dramatic ecological changes. The dodo became extinct on its home island of Mauritius within several decades, and over the next 150 years most native vertebrates suffered the same fate. This fascinating book provides the first full ecological history of the Mascarene Islands as well as the specific story of each extinct vertebrate, accompanied by Julian Hume’s superb color illustrations.


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A thorough ecological study of the Mascarene islands: Mauritius, Réunion, and Rodrigues. Cheke and Hume explore the islands century-by-century, discussing the various animal and plant species and the ... Read full review

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Anthony and Hume wrote this book as a critique, which only seems to quote a serious amount of writers and assessing their work without actually contributing to the ecological or history of Mauritius. A book that evidently affirm absolutely nothing, no new discoveries or evidence and feebly amassed. 


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Anthony Cheke, an expert in the chronology and interactions of introduced animals and plants with the extinction process of native species, led the British Ornithological Union expedition to the Mascarene Islands in 1973 and has returned many times since. He lives in Oxford, England. Julian Hume, renowned for artistic re-creations of extinct species in their natural habitats, has published extensively on the paleontology of the Mascarene Islands. He is a research fellow at the University of Portsmouth and the Natural History Museum in London. He lives in Portsmouth, England.

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