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Crocodile : evolution's greatest survivor

by Kelly, Lynne, 1951-

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction QL666.C925 K45 2006
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  QL666.C925 K45 2006
Following the fascinating history of the crocodile, this story tells the tale of an ancient animal whose ancestors have roamed the earth since the time of the dinosaurs. Addressing the true nature of this intriguing animal, this resource explores its evolutionary survival, the 23 living species in the world today, and the extinction they face due to habitat intrusion. Also explored are the myths and legends surrounding crocodiles and the vicious reputation they have amongst humans.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kelly, an Australian writer and science teacher, gives readers a thorough tour of crocodilian evolution in this lively biological biography. Kelly builds her scientific investigation on a solid cultural foundation, by introducing the crocodile through folk tales of indigenous Australians, Africans, Americans and South Asians; similarly, fossils showing crocodilies have changed very little in more than 200 million years adds relevance to the old stories and weight to the sobering fact that, today, mankind has managed to kill off many crocodilian species that eons of natural selection never could. Among chapters on biology, featuring photos and drawings of characteristic behavior and skeletal structures, Kelly covers the scientific minds who came before her, such as 19th century naturalists Sir Richard Owen and Thomas Huxley ("Darwin?s Bulldog"), who feuded famously over still-unresolved taxonomy issues. In addition, Kelly recounts the tales of famous crocodile hunters and infamous attacks on humans by crocodilians, discusses the continuing demand for crocodile hides and meat and investigates crocodile farming in relation to other types of animal husbandry. Kelly?s treatment is clever, entertaining and complete, making this a fine read and a great example of species history done right. (July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Crocodilians.
Publisher Crows Nest, NSW :Allen & Unwin,2006
Other Titles Evolution's greatest survivor
Language English
Description xv, 272 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-259) and index.
ISBN 1741144981
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