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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 offossa and tenrecs, vangas and aye ayesthrive 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.
|Publisher:||Bradt Publications UK|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)|
About 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.
Table of Contents
Author's NoteAcknowledgmentsForeword by Russell A. MittermeierPrefaceMapIntroduction. Puts Madagascar in context, both geographically and historically. Part I: Deep into a Primordial Land: The Perfumed Isle. Part II: Deep into a Primordial Land: The Spiny DesertHerpetologist Chris Raxworthy's studies of reptiles and amphibians in Madagascar. Part III: Search for the Pygmy Hippo. Paleoecologist Dave Burney's groundbreaking studies of past environments in Madagascar. The setting is Anjohibe. Part IV: The Most Beautiful Enigma in the World. Archeologist Bob Dewar is trying to find out who the first Malagasy were, including when, how, and why they arrived. Peter Tyson tries to find out who the Malagasy are today. Set in the vanilla-growing country of northeast Madagascar near Sambava. Part V: Island of Dreams. Can Madagascar be saved? Primatologist and conservationist Patricia Wright attacks the problem at a rainforest national park known as Ranomafana, where she is perfecting a model for conservation. Set in the mountain jungle in the southeast of Madagascar, just off the High Plateau. EpilogueChronicles a single day in Madagascar, with personal experiences and anecdotes. Glossary. Source Notes. Bibliography. Index