275 pages | 22 B/W Illus.
This detailed exposition gives background and context to how modern biogeography has got to where it is now. For biogeographers and other researchers interested in biodiversity and the evolution of life on islands, Evolution on a Changing Landscape provides an overview of a large swathe of the globe encompassing Wallacea and the western Pacific. The book contains the full text of the original article explored in each chapter, presented as it appeared on publication.
The chapters also include analysis of many major theoretical and philosophical issues of modern biogeographic theory, so that those interested in a more philosophical approach will find the book stimulating and thought-provoking.
1. Setting the scene. 2. Flesh and rocks evolve together. 3. Cleopatra’s nose. 4. New Guinea revisited. 5. The Malay Archipelago: A working-class hero? Sulawesi revisited. 6. The Furious Fifties: Plunder, pillage, and propitiation. 7. The Great South Land: Plate motion circuits. 8. Natural Areas. 9. The final piece of the jigsaw