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Chasing Kangaroos: A Continent, a Scientist, and a Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Creature

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In his synthesis of memoir, travel, natural history, and evolutionary science, Flannery draws on three decades of research and fieldwork to craft a loving tribute to his native land and one of its most unique and beloved inhabitants: the kangaroo.

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"'This paean to a remarkable animal by Flannery, author of the well-received global warming treatise The Weather Makers, is fascinating but scattershot. The kangaroo, the only large animal that hops, can travel at speeds of 15 — 40 kilometers per hour. Female kangaroos, who carry their young in pouches, have two vaginas, but don't give birth through either of them, and are always pregnant, because they mate a few hours after their young are born. There are 70-odd species of kangaroo: some drink salt water; others live in trees. But as a paleontologist, Flannery is obsessed with finding out when and where the first kangaroos lived. Much of the book is about his searches for the fossils of extinct species in remote areas of the Australian outback, where he discovered the remains of 'the grandfather of all kangaroos,' as well as the fossils of ice age giants, such as the short-faced kangaroo and a carnivorous kangaroo. The accounts of his discoveries are engaging, but he covers too much ground, switching back and forth between physical descriptions, kangaroo evolution, reminiscences of his fossil hunting travels, worries about Australia's environment and the aborigines, and his controversial extinction theories. B&w and color illus. not seen by PW. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Newfoundland's seabirds, lovely as they are, can't match the exoticism of the euros, quokkas, dingoes, hare wallabies, red-necked wallabies and tree kangaroos that hop through Australia. Or, apparently, their importance.

'The fate of the kangaroos is inextricably bound with the fate of my country,' writes Tim Flannery in 'Chasing Kangaroos,' his paean to the creatures who, he argues,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Flannery (Macquarie U., Sydney), an acclaimed Australian scientist and global warming activist, traces the evolution of kangaroos and his love affair with this unique animal he first encountered motorcycling around Australia in 1975. The reissue of the entertaining and educational 2004 book includes maps, photos, and the kangaroo's family tree (which includes wallabies). Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In his most personal book yet, Tim Flannery, the internationally acclaimed author of The Weather Makers , draws on three decades of travel, research, and field work to craft a love letter to his native land and one of its most unique and beloved inhabitants: the kangaroo. Crisscrossing the continent, Flannery shows us how the destiny of this extraordinary creature is inseparable from the environment that created it. Along the way he uses encounters with ancient aboriginal cultures and eccentric fossil hunters, farmers and scientists, kangaroo advocates and kangaroo hunters, to explore how Australias deserts and rainforests have shaped human responses to the continent — and how kangaroos have evolved to handle the resulting challenges. Ultimately, Chasing Kangaroos is a smart yet utterly readable synthesis of memoir, travel, natural history, and evolutionary science — and further proof of Flannerys “offhand interdisciplinary brilliance” ( Entertainment Weekly ).

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Ace the Cat, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Ace the Cat)
This was a fascinating and personal story of becoming a scientist and discovering the amazing biology of Australia.
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Vicki, July 10, 2007 (view all comments by Vicki)
Both memoir and travelogue, this book recounts the author's journey to Australia, his fascination with kangaroos and his quest to discover their origins through study of the fossil record, and the folkways of Australia's aborigines. Best known for his book The Weather Makers, about global warming, Flannery effectively combines engaging descriptions of his travels with passion for the science and geology of prehistoric Australia. Highly recommended!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802118523
Subtitle:
A Continent, a Scientist, and a Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Creature
Author:
Flannery, Tim
Author:
Flannery
Publisher:
Grove Press
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Human ecology
Edition Description:
Grove Press
Publication Date:
20070710
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 19.2 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'This paean to a remarkable animal by Flannery, author of the well-received global warming treatise The Weather Makers, is fascinating but scattershot. The kangaroo, the only large animal that hops, can travel at speeds of 15 — 40 kilometers per hour. Female kangaroos, who carry their young in pouches, have two vaginas, but don't give birth through either of them, and are always pregnant, because they mate a few hours after their young are born. There are 70-odd species of kangaroo: some drink salt water; others live in trees. But as a paleontologist, Flannery is obsessed with finding out when and where the first kangaroos lived. Much of the book is about his searches for the fossils of extinct species in remote areas of the Australian outback, where he discovered the remains of 'the grandfather of all kangaroos,' as well as the fossils of ice age giants, such as the short-faced kangaroo and a carnivorous kangaroo. The accounts of his discoveries are engaging, but he covers too much ground, switching back and forth between physical descriptions, kangaroo evolution, reminiscences of his fossil hunting travels, worries about Australia's environment and the aborigines, and his controversial extinction theories. B&w and color illus. not seen by PW. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
In his most personal book yet, Tim Flannery, the internationally acclaimed author of The Weather Makers , draws on three decades of travel, research, and field work to craft a love letter to his native land and one of its most unique and beloved inhabitants: the kangaroo. Crisscrossing the continent, Flannery shows us how the destiny of this extraordinary creature is inseparable from the environment that created it. Along the way he uses encounters with ancient aboriginal cultures and eccentric fossil hunters, farmers and scientists, kangaroo advocates and kangaroo hunters, to explore how Australias deserts and rainforests have shaped human responses to the continent — and how kangaroos have evolved to handle the resulting challenges. Ultimately, Chasing Kangaroos is a smart yet utterly readable synthesis of memoir, travel, natural history, and evolutionary science — and further proof of Flannerys “offhand interdisciplinary brilliance” ( Entertainment Weekly ).
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