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Australia's Mammal Extinctions: A 50,000-Year History Paperback – January 25, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0521686600 ISBN-10: 0521686601 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (March 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521686601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521686600
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,308,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book makes a very well argued case for patterns and causes of mammal extinctions in Australia from the late Pleistocene into the period of European occupation. It gives an impressive range of evidence - palaeontological, palaeoenvironmental, archaeological, historical, ecological - to make the case. I thoroughly recommend it.' Bruno David, Monash University

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Australia has the worst record of mammal extinctions in the world, with over 65 mammal species having vanished in the last 50 000 years. This book introduces readers to the great mammal extinction debate, taking us on a detective-like tour of these extinctions, uncovering how, why and when they occurred.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Cafaro on February 26, 2010
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"Australia's Mammal Extinctions: A 50,000 Year History" is one of the best science books I've read in years. Johnson tackles a key, contested issue --what has caused the drastic loss in mammal species in Australia?-- lays out the possibliities, provides a scrupulous synthesis of the recent scientific literature, and defends plausible conclusions. His writing is clear, and his use of pictures and graphics illuminating. The book is exemplary, written in a way that will appeal to professional biologists (in no way dumbed down) while at the same time, being accessible and interesting to general readers.
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