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Tree-Kangaroos of Australia and New Guinea (Australian Natural History)

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To many people, the suggestion that a kangaroo could live up a tree is fantasy. Yet, in the rainforests of Far North Queensland and New Guinea, there are extraordinary kangaroos that do just that. Many aspects of these marsupials' anatomy and biology suggest a terrestrial kangaroo ancestor. Yet no one has, so far, come forward with a convincing explanation of how, why and when mammals that was so superbly adapted for life on the ground should end up back in the trees. This book reviews the natural history and biology of tree-kangaroos from the time of their first discovery by Europeans in the jungles of West Papua in 1826 right up to the present day, covering the latest research being conducted in Australian and New Guinea. Combining information from a number of disparate disciplines, the author sets forth the first explanation of this apparent evolutionary conundrum. Features* Provides a fascinating and readable account of an unusual evolutionary conundrum * Written by a field biologist with more than a decade's experience working with tree-kangaroos

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They may lack a bit of the cuteness factor of koalas, and they do not pack the punch of larger kangaroos, but there is something attractive about the thick fur, curious markings and even more curious expressions. Field zoologist Martin here provides a summary of all we know about these rather elusive (or, at least, ignored) creatures, describing their taxonomy, their adaptations for the tree life, their beautiful and dangerous world under the rainforest, their evolution, parasites, pathogens, density and spatial requirements, means of reproduction and conservation. Martin also supplies photographs only someone with over three decades of experience can supply. Distributed in the US by Antipodes Books and Beyond.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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They may lack a bit of the cuteness factor of koalas, and they do not pack the punch of larger kangaroos, but there is something attractive about the thick fur, curious markings and even more curious expressions. Field zoologist Martin here provides a summary of all we know about these rather elusive (or, at least, ignored) creatures, describing their taxonomy, their adaptations for the tree life, their beautiful and dangerous world under the rainforest, their evolution, parasites, pathogens, density and spatial requirements, means of reproduction and conservation. Martin also supplies photographs only someone with over three decades of experience can supply. Distributed in the US by Antipodes Books and Beyond. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780643090729
Author:
Martin, Roger
Publisher:
CSIRO Publishing
Illustrator:
Simpson, Sue
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Wildlife
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Nature Studies-Mammals
Series:
Australian Natural History
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
158
Dimensions:
9.40x6.60x.50 in. .90 lbs.

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Animal Husbandry
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Mammals » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » World Wildlife

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