The Geographical Distribution of Animals 2 Volume Set: With a Study of the Relations of Living and Extinct Faunas as Elucidating the Past Changes of the Earth's Surface

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Cambridge University Press, 11. märts 2011 - 1216 pages
Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was a British biologist whose theories of evolution, arrived at independently, caused Darwin to allow their famous joint paper to go forward to the Linnean Society in 1858. Considered the nineteenth century's leading expert on the geographical distribution of animals, Wallace carried out extensive fieldwork to document the habitats, breeding, migration and feeding behaviour of thousands of species around the world, and the influence of environmental conditions on their survival. First published in 1876, this two-volume set presents Wallace's findings, and represents a landmark in the study of zoology, evolutionary biology and palaeontology which remains relevant to scholars in these fields today. Volume 1 focuses on the classification of species, migration processes, factors influencing extinction, and the characteristics of a range of zoological regions worldwide. Volume 2 explores the distribution of primates, and the habitats and characteristics of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects.

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