The Geographical Distribution of Animals: 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, 3. nov 2011 - 640 pages
Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was a British biologist and explorer 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 in areas as diverse as North and South America, Africa, China, India and Australia 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 2 explores the distribution of primates, the habitats and characteristics of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects, and patterns of migration.

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Contents

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Ge neral Zoological Features of the Neotropical Region p 5Distinctive Charac
15
Past History of the N eotropical Region p 80Table I Families of Animals
113
Zoological Characteristics of the Nearctic Region p 115List of Typical
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nian Subregion p l27The Rocky Mountain Subregion p 129The
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CHAPTER XVI
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PART IV
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Primates p 170Genernl Remarks on the Distribution of Primates p 179
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Ophidiap 372 General Remarks on the Distribution of Ophidia p 386
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CHAPTER XX
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Acanthopterygii p 424Acanthopterygii Pharyngognathi p 437Anacan
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THE DISTRIBUTION OF SOME OF THE MORE IMPORTANT FAMILIES
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Lepidoptera p 470General Remarks on the Distribution of the Diurnal Lapi
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CHAPTER XXII
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Cephalopoda p 505Gasteropoda p 507Pulmonifera p 512Genera1
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Mammalia p 540Lincs of Migration of the Marnmalia p 544Birds p 545
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Passcres p 255General Remarks on the Distribution of the Passeres p 299
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CHAPTER XIX
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