Lost Land of the Dodo: The Ecological History of Mauritius, Reunion, and Rodrigues

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Lost Land of the Dodo: The Ecological History of Mauritius, Reunion, and Rodrigues

By Cheke, Anthony and Hume, Julian

SKU# 17298

$ 12.00

Pp. 464; 39 color illustrations from paintings by Julian Hume in a 16 color page section, numerous black-and-white illustrations and maps.  Publisher’s original dark blue cloth, color pictorial dust jacket, 4to.  "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, the dodo.  But the discovery of the three isolated islands in the 1500's, and their colonization in the 1600's, 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" (from the front dust jacket flap).  No ownership marks and no signs of use.

Publisher Yale University Press
Publisher Place New Haven
Date Published 2008
Date Published Estimated No
Edition First American edition
Number of Volumes 1
Reprint No
Condition Fine
Condition Description A fine (new) copy in a fine dust jacket.
ISBN 978-0-300-14186-3
Limited Edition