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Ghosts of Gondwana: The History of Life in New Zealand

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Have you ever wondered why New Zealand's plants and animals are so different from those in other countries? Why the kakapo is the only parrot in the world that cannot fly, or why the kiwi lives here and nowhere else? New Zealand is an extraordinary place, unique on Earth, and the remarkable story of how and why life evolved here is the subject of Ghosts of Gondwana. The sc...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published June 28th 1905 by Craig Potton Publishing
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Alan Wightman
Gibbs describes the elements that made New Zealand's flora and fauna unique in many respects. The most important elements being the (near) absence of mammals, isolation, the Oligocene drowning, and the seismic uplift creating the alpine zones.

He examines the evidence for vicariance (that the biota's ancestor's were on New Zealand when it separated from Australis and Gondwana 60-80 million years ago) and dispersal (that the ancestor's arrived on these islands some time later). It seems that more...more
Thie is one of the best natural history books I have ever read. For me, as an Arboriculturalist I am particularly interested in the arborescent flora of New Zealand but the author manages to make me interested in the whole biological package of the islands past and present. To anyone who has or is currently living, or considering visiting New Zealand I would recommend this as essential reading. The terrain, and strange inhabitants of New Zealand are interesting enough on their own (and I'm not t...more
I lived in New Zealand for a year and this book, in addition to being very accessible, explained very simply why life from Gondwana developed so differently from everywhere else in the world. The actual design of the book is beautiful too. A facinating read if you are interested in natural sciences or if you are planning on traveling to New Zealand.
It was in this book I learned crocodiles used to live in New Zealand, and what I used as a reference when creating some of the material in these projects

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