Madagascar: The Eighth Continent : Life, Death and Discovery in a Lost World

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Bradt Travel Guides, 2013 - Travel - 426 pages
Madagascar is a land where lizards scream and monkey-like lemurs sing songs of inexpressible beauty. KKnown as the Great Red Island, it is a place where fossa and tenrecs, vangas and aye ayes thrive in a true 'Lost World' alongside bizarre plants like the octopus tree and the three-cornered palm. And where the ancestors of the Malagasy, as the island's 18 tribes are collectively known, come alive in rollicking ceremonies known as "turning the bones." This natural and cultural history of Madagascar is an exploration of what makes the island so extraordinary. It is the only book that combines cutting-edge science and conservation with adventure travel and historical narrative. Perfect for those about to travel to Madagascar for the first time or just want to learn more, much of the historical material will be new to those familiar with Madagascar, even researchers who have worked there for years.
 

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If you are looking for a book that will almost literally take you to Madagascar, this is the one you need to pick up. From the very first page I found myself wanting to learn more. I took in each page ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
2
Preface
5
Introduction
8
Deep into a Lost World The Perfumed Isle
23
Colour section 1
26
Deep into a Lost World The Spiny Desert
81
Search for the Pygmy Hippo
151
The Most Beautiful Enigma in the World
218
Colour section 2
282
Island of Dreams
316
2012
390
Glossary
406
Selected Bibliography
411
Index
415
Back cover
427
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About the author (2013)

Peter Tyson is a science and travel writer with over 25 years' experience writing about science, natural history, and conservation. He is the former editor-in-chief of NOVA Online, the website of the PBS science documentary series in the U.S. and has visited Madagascar on numerous occasions.

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