Ghosts of Gondwana: The History of Life in New Zealand by George Gibbs

May 23, 2007 at 12:13 pm | Posted in New Zealand, Non-Fiction | Leave a comment


Ghosts of Gondwana: The History of Life in New Zealand by George Gibbs

Did you know that giant Araucarian (Kauri-like) trees and New Zealand Crocodiles once lived around Lake Manuherikia in Otago in the Miocene era? If this interests you, then you will enjoy this readable (but information-dense), well- illustrated book on New Zealand natural history or historical biogeography. The author searches for the modern descendants of flora and fauna of Zealandia when it was set adrift from the ancient Gondwana continent. Current research in biology, genetics and geography has also turned up more recent arrivals across the ocean (in the last 10 million years!). This is an excellent summary of up-to-date research and theories on the origins of our unique, and often strange, flora and fauna.
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