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Fragile Balance The Extraordinary Story of Australian Marsupials

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ISBN-10: 0226146308

ISBN-13: 9780226146300

Edition: 2007

Authors: Christopher Dickman, Rosemary Woodford Ganf, Tim Flannery, C. R. Dickman

List price: $87.00
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Marsupials are nearly synonymous with Australia. Although one of these enigmatic pouched mammals—the opossum—inhabits the United States and another 80 or so thrive in South America, some 220 species are confined to the Australasian region. In Australia, marsupials are the most diverse and dominant indigenous species, from the wallaby and the wombat to the kangaroo and koala. The extraordinary story of these fascinating animals,A Fragile Balanceprovides the most up-to-date information on marsupials without losing sight of the unique set of circumstances that led them to prevalence Down Under. Covering all marsupial species in Australia, the book uses an evolutionary framework to interpret the marsupial’s biological traits. Each species account includes a basic biological description, a range map, and a measure of conservation status. The accounts are bounded by general chapters on biology, natural history, cultural history, and conservation.A Fragile Balanceis the first book to emphasize interactions between and among marsupials, as well as between humans and marsupials. Combining the expertise of renowned biologist Christopher Dickman with the artistic talents of illustrator Rosemary Woodford Ganf,A Fragile Balancewill be a much celebrated reference for mammalogists worldwide, as well as for readers interested in Australian natural and cultural history.
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Book details

List price: $87.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/30/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 9.75" wide x 12.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 4.048
Language: English

What Is a Marsupial?
Origins and Evolution
Recent History
Natural History
Cultural History
Species Accounts