By Eric Dinerstein
An eye-opening journey of the infrequent and unique, The nation of Rarities deals us a brand new knowing of the wildlife, person who locations rarity on the heart of conservation biology. real-time threats to biodiversity, from weather switch to habitat fragmentation, and drawing on his lengthy and distinctive clinical occupation, Dinerstein deals readers clean insights into attention-grabbing questions on the technology of rarity and unforgettable reports from the field.
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It had been listed as a subspecies of another six-wired for nearly a century, but Bruce instantly recognized it as a potentially distinct species because of its unique vocalizations and slightly varied plumage and eye color. Given so many isolated ranges on this island corrugated with mountain chains, it’s no wonder that New Guinea is home to thirty-seven species of birds of paradise. Bruce and his team worked straight through the daily downpours. Over the next two days the marsh in the bog ﬂooded, turning the helicopter landing site into a lake and forcing him to move his tent and much of the campsite to higher ground.
Although more commonly known as spiny anteaters, echidnas have 40 The Kingdom of Rarities only an ancient relationship to the anteaters of South America. Echidnas and their distant relative the duck-billed platypus defy the belief that mammals are unable to lay eggs. Egg laying reveals these primitive mammals’ primordial relationship to lizards and birds and earns these species their own order of mammals, called the Monotremata. Had the island’s hunters frequented these uplands before the Beehler expedition, however, echidnas would have vanished, their meat being highly prized.
Perhaps the explanation is that some traits selected for in response to encounters with human hunters had persisted even when such wildlife populations dispersed into new areas. The range of these species of mammals included areas hunters frequented. Some, such as the six-wired bird of paradise, changed, reverting to natural boldness in isolation from humans; others, such as tree kangaroos, which remain shy, seem to have been more resistant to evolving to take advantage of the absence of human predators.