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The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking and the Search for Lost Species Paperback – June 11, 2003
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There is a variety of famous and not so famous little-known and in some cases "extinct" creatures (Bachman's Warbler on the island of St. Lucia, the ivory-billed woodpecker, the Australian night parrot, the golden toad, and more) to be written about. Weidensaul delves into theories of hybridization, cloning, and numerous current issues in nature and science. As to the discovery of obscure or assumed-vanished species, he writes that finding an unknown plant or animal is not difficult since "the roughly one million species that scientists have named and catalogued may represent only a tenth to a thirtieth of the planet's total biota." For example, never-before catalogued species of birds emerge from the famously shrinking tropics at the rate of one or two per year.
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The breadth and depth of Scott Weidensaul's research and knowledge is simply awe inspiring. Combine that with a gift for inspired writing and you have a book that no person... Read morePublished on May 9, 2014 by P. Piombino
Scott Weidensaul always delivers and this book is no exception. He's a great writer and we love everything he has written.Published on April 15, 2014 by L. McKibbin
Scott Weidensaul, The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking, and the Search for Lost Species
North Point Press, NY, 2002. 352 pp. Read more
Excellent speedy delivery of this book arrived here on 24th December, very impressed. This book is all I hoped for as an extra special Christmas present and my husband loves it. Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by Mrs B
A very enjoyable read with lots of good information about many hard-to-find animal species. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in wildlife and habitat... Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Maria A. Barnowl
In this book Scott Weidensaul takes us around the globe to look for lost species -- Semper's Warbler in St. Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by Howard
I found this book fascinating. Extinct species can be a very depressing topic but this book isn't. It focuses on the hunt for extinct species and the hope that they are still out... Read morePublished on June 27, 2010 by DragonRock LTD
I've just finished reading this book for the fourth time, and although I've not left the house I feel like I've been around the world. Read morePublished on July 17, 2008 by Allison Butz