Publisher:Channel 4 Books, London, United Kingdom, 2001
Dust Jacket:Near Fine
Channel 4 Books, 2001, Hardcover, Book Condition: Near Fine, Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine, 1st
1st Printing. 256 pages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. The dust jacket is in excellent condition. All edges are clean, neat and free of foxing. Items are in stock and will be shipped same day or next business day directly from our Australian address. SYNOPSIS: This book is absolutely excellent - a really absorbing history of six very different lost species. It starts with three ice age creatures: the mammoth, sabre-tooth tiger and Irish elk (a giant deer type thing). Interestingly, we don't really know why they died out, and various theories - climate change, disease - are put forward and explained by the author and the various experts interviewed. The second half of the book covers three species much closer to our era: the dodo, great auk (penguin thing) and the extremely odd Tasmanian tiger. The most interesting is the Tasmanian tiger - one of those strange Australian marsupials that seemed to be its own evolutionary dead-end. Considered a pest and hunted to extinction in the 20th century, it truly is a cautionary tale. The book is well illustrated with lots of diagrams and photographs (harrowing b/w shots of pathetic Tasmanian tigers in the zoo particularly effective). Quantity Available: 1. Category: General, Wildlife, Animals; ISBN: 0752261622. ISBN/EAN: 9780752261621. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 0001984.