A Gap in Nature: Discovering the World's Extinct Animals (英語) ハードカバー – 2001/10/7
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In this fantastic visual voyage, scientist and historian Flannery, in collaboration with internationally acclaimed wildlife artist Schouten, catalogs 104 creatures that have vanished from the face of the earth since 1492.
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It is easy for us to point an accusing finger to our ancestors who were on watch when these beautiful, wonderful animals disappeared forever, however, extinction (both from preditory practices and global climate changes) is still occuring all around us. As a bird watcher and a nature lover in general this is disturbing beyond words. Thank goodness that this book exists. Without being preachy or judgemental it just presents the facts along with some of the most beautiful and moving illustrations that I have seen in quite a while. Artist Peter Schouten reminds us of our loss with paintings that are both scientifically accurate and quietly emotional. After looking through this book little more needs to be said about a gap that is forever growing wider.
I would like to add that on a recent birding trip to Hawaii I was shocked at how long it was before I saw a bird that was not an introduced species. When I saw the images of many of the Hawaiian birds that has gone extinct I was not surprised. Unfortunately many more indiginous island birds will probably follow for the same reason.
I purchased one for my family and one for a local school. From the Dodo to the Atitlan Grebe they should at least see in a book what they should be able to see alive in nature.
beautiful paintings by Schouten portray what we have lost in a way not possible by text or statistics. Some birds, such as the Molokai 'O'o and Red-moustached Fruit-dove, may sound just like regular birds, but the paintings bring out their brilliant colors and unique shapes.
I don't think the pictures are quite as good or exciting as Schouten's newer book, "Feathered Dinosaurs", but perhaps that is unfair comparison. First, dinosaurs are simply more exciting. Second, we have little idea what feathered dinosaurs looked like, but we can afford to be more critical with representations of the Tasmanian Wolf. Regardless, the paintings are still wonderful and thought-provoking.
Another issue: the authors only include mammals, birds, and reptiles. They provide their reasons for doing so. Flannery also limits those included in the book to animals for which they have reliable drawings or descriptions. However, this excludes the Golden Toad. Thus, the majority of animals in the book are small birds and mammals, not megafauna or marine animals.
This book is a must have for the wildlife enthusiast, the teacher, and children.
Each painting is accompanied by fascinating and briefly stated paragraphs explaining the ironic and tragic situations which led to the demise of each creature.
Each page shows the deliberate or blundering nature of man, in his contemptuous belief of entitlement over all creatures, almost all posing no threat and offering only beauty and a trusting, sympathetic and docile nature which man could learn much from.
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