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Madagascar: The Eighth Continent
     

Madagascar: The Eighth Continent

by Peter Tyson
 

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Madagascar is a land where lizards scream and monkey-like lemurs sing songs of inexpressible beauty. It is a place where creatures you may never have heard of—fossa and tenrecs, vangas and aye ayes—thrive in a true 'Lost World' along with bizarre plants like the octopus tree and the three-cornered palm. And where the ancestors of the Malagasy, as the

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Madagascar is a land where lizards scream and monkey-like lemurs sing songs of inexpressible beauty. It is a place where creatures you may never have heard of—fossa and tenrecs, vangas and aye ayes—thrive in a true 'Lost World' along with bizarre plants like the octopus tree and the three-cornered palm. And where the ancestors of the Malagasy, as the island's people are known, come alive in rollicking ceremonies known as "turning the bones." Join Peter Tyson on a diverting odyssey with four scientists investigating the fascinating natural and cultural mysteries of this extraordinary land.

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Whether meeting a leaf-tailed gecko eye to eye... or describing conservation issues and local customs, Peter Tyson provides the most enjoyable book on the natural and cultural history of Madagascar I have ever read.'— George B. Schaller, Wildlife Conservation Society 'This is an absolutely absorbing book. Peter Tyson takes us with him on a journey of discovery, describing Madagascar with a rare depth of understanding, a fine eye for detail, and a sense of wonder that is most refreshing. There is humour, sadness, puzzlement, hope for the future. When you put the book down, you truly feel as if you have been there.' — Jane Goodall "Part field report, part travelogue, part ecological history, Tyson's book is an engrossing testament to one of the planet's most astonishing places." — Discover "Tyson's book makes a strong case that our planet would be a poorer place if [Madagascar] were to continue to wash into the sea." —The Sciences "A sharp picture of an intriguing place." —Scientific American "In this impressive volume, [Tyson] writes about what he learned on [his] visits, successfully conveying both the flavor of field research and the biological mysteries of the island nation."—Publishers Weekly "For readers who have not experienced Madagascar, The Eighth Continent will provide a quantum leap in their understanding of the Malagasy culture and the island's diverse landscape and wildlife." —Wildlife Conservation "A thorough researcher, Tyson packs this book with solid information . . . And he covers an amazing amount of terrain with a scholar's love of detail."—Boston Globe "Science writer Tyson gives us a feel for the breadth and complexity of the world's fourth-largest island and tells us just why it is worth saving." —Natural History "Tyson accompanied four scientists … on separate field expeditions to the island…In The Eighth Continent, readers relive these marvelous journeys." —Science News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841624419
Publisher:
Bradt Publications UK
Publication date:
05/21/2013
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
663,888
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Tyson is a science and travel writer with over 25 years' experience writing about science, natural history, and conservation. He is the former editor-in-chief of NOVA Online, the website of the PBS science documentary series in the U.S. and has visited Madagascar on numerous occasions.

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