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The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth

by Richard Conniff

The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth
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Description

Beginning in the mid eighteenth century, amateur naturalists with more swagger than scientific training made it their mission to go to the most perilous corners of the planet and bring back astonishing new species.

Linnaeus, Darwin and Wallace dominated most histories of the great age of discovery, but they owed their success to an eccentric network of enthusiasts, among them a grave robbing anatomist who became the model for Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a Catholic missionary who held off bandits at gunpoint and a British ornithologist who lost an arm by jamming it down the throat of a charging leopard.

This is a colourful account of the early naturalists who risked death to discover strange life-forms at the ends of the earth.

Details

  • ISBN: 9780393068542
  • Author(s): Richard Conniff
  • Stock Code: 3068542
  • Format: Hardback
  • Illustrations: Black & white illustrations
  • Pages: 464
  • Published: 2011
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