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The Ghosts of Evolution: Nonsensical Fruit, Missing Partners and Other Ecological Anachronisms

By: Connie Barlow

291 pages, Bw photos, illus

Basic Books

Paperback | Feb 2002 | #127924 | ISBN: 0465005527
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Hardback | Dec 2001 | #123136 | ISBN: 0465005519
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About this book

Explores one of the hottest new ideas in ecological theory, that the dense web of dependencies which makes up an ecosystem contains an overlooked factor - time. Most organisms are adapted for relationships with other organisms, or 'missing partners', that are now extinct. Barlow suggests that current ripples of biodiversity loss may thus turn into cascades of extinction.

Fascinating, imaginative, and stimulating, The Ghosts of Evolution is a wonderful piece of writing-well worth reading by anyone interested in nature and its myriad components. -Michael J. Balick, The New York Botanical Garden.

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Connie Barlow is an editor and author of several books including Green Space, Green Time. She lives in Rockland County, New York.

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