A Desert Calling: Life in a Forbidding Landscape

A Desert Calling: Life in a Forbidding Landscape

by Stephen Jay Gould (Foreword by)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674007475
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2002
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.64(w) x 8.72(h) x 1.21(d)

About the Author

Stephen Jay Gould was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard University and Vincent Astor Visiting Professor of Biology at New York University. A MacArthur Prize Fellow, he received innumerable honors and awards and wrote many books, including Ontogeny and Phylogeny and Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle (both from Harvard).

Date of Birth:

September 10, 1941

Date of Death:

May 20, 2002

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

Boston, Massachusetts


B.S., Antioch College, 1963; Ph.D., Columbia University, 1967

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Stephen Jay Gould
  • Prologue
  • 1. The Search for Undiscovered Life
  • 2. The Immortal Animals
  • 3. Elfin Farmers and Cactophylic Carpenters
  • 4. Darkness and the Cave of the Jaguar
  • 5. The Winding Path to Field Biology
  • 6. The Desert at the Bottom of the World
  • 7. Different Actors, Different Scripts
  • 8. Desert in the Sky
  • 9. The Vampire and the Phantoms of All Hallows’ Eve
  • 10. Land of the Shah
  • 11. Impenetrable Land of Thorns
  • 12. The Devil’s Town
  • 13. In the Shadow of the Pyramids
  • 14. Naming the Anonymous
  • 15. From Howling Wolf Mice to Fairy Armadillos
  • 16. Aridity’s Cornucopia
  • 17. Life in the Desert of Salt
  • 18. Land of Diamonds
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix: Scientific and Common Names of Species Mentioned in the Text, by Region and Major Category
  • Selected Readings
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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A Desert Calling: Life in a Forbidding Landscape 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
circlesreads on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The chapters of this book do not flow well. There are some that read like a fast-paced novel and others that were so tiresome I wanted to pull my hair out. At times Mares is repetitive; the editor did not do his/her job well. With that said, the chapters describing Mares¿ fieldwork are so engaging that it makes up for the tediousness of the other chapters. Toward the end of book I found myself in the midst of a few slow-moving portions, and I considered not finishing the book, but I¿m glad I did because the last three chapters were fantastic. In all, I¿m glad I read this book, but wish I had skimmed over certain parts. I certainly learned more about desert rodents than I ever thought possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The text, unfortunately, is almost as dry as the deserts the author describes. There are multiple pictures of vistas and interesting animals, but if you purchase the Nook edition, you won't get a single one.