Koala: A Historical Biography
This work embraces the story of the koala in Australian history of science and society. It examines the animal‚__s long seclusion from discovery (1803); its slow penetration of the European classificatory system and the part played by British and European experts; its emergence, description and depiction in Australia, the important marriage of science and art; the role of the Aborigines; koala destruction through settlement and hunting in the 19th century and its rise as a national identity around Federation.
In the 20th century, the focus shifts to the koala in Australian literature; the advent of the nature park, zoos, transportation, resettlement, and protection by key individuals and organizations; koala as cartoon and political favorite; the surprisingly slow growth of research on the animal‚__s biology and the dynamic change in knowledge from the 1990s. The book is studded with key scientific figures and some excellent, widely sourced, pictorial material.
The book‚__s distinctive character attaches to Moyal‚__s reputation as a historian of science in blending scientific scholarship with an engaging and widely accessible historical narrative.
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1 The land that waited
2 Science and art
3 Putting the animals on the map
4 The upsidedown world
5 The indigenous people
6 Field and metropolis
7 Fire fur and guns
8 The literary koala
9 Colin MacKenzie and the amazingkoala shoulder
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