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Costa Rican Natural History. University of Chicago Press, 1983


“This is an extraordinary, virtually unique work. . . . The tremendous amount of original, previously unpublished, firsthand information is remarkable.”—Peter H. Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden

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Many biologists are now studying natural history in Costa Rica. Many more will do so. This book is an attempt to write down some of what we already know, in a form that can be quickly digested by the newcomer to Costa Rican field biology. I shudder to think that this book might become a definitive statement about Costa Rican natural history. It is neither that nor a thorough review of the literature on the subject. It is, however, an introduction to that literature, and it should give the newcomer a starting point for inquiries into the biology of Costa Rican organisms. I hope this book will be out of date in ten or twenty years; some sections were out of date as they were being written. Those who read it are the ones who will make it obsolete. In editing these various contributions from 174 authors, I have been impressed with how fragmentary is the knowledge each of us has even of our own areas of specialization and of the organisms we are supposed to be familiar with. Rather than be scornful of this sorry state of tropical biology, however, I encourage the reader to work doubly hard to rectify it.
  • Editorial ‏ : ‎ University of Chicago Press; 1st Edition (15 Septiembre 1983)
  • Idioma ‏ : ‎ Inglés
  • Tapa blanda ‏ : ‎ 823 páginas
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0226393348
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0226393346
  • Peso del Artículo ‏ : ‎ 3.88 pounds
  • Dimensiones ‏ : ‎ 10.97 x 8.52 x 1.26 pulgadas


1. Searchers on That Rich Coast: Costa Rican Field Biology, 1400-1980
2. The Central American Dispersal Route: Biotic History and Palaeogeography
3. Climate
4. Geology
5. Soils
6. Agriculture
Species Accounts
7. Plants
Checklist of Trees
Species Accounts
8. Reptiles and Amphibians
Checklist of Reptiles and Amphibians
Species Accounts
9. Mammals
Checklist of Mammals
Species Accounts
10. Birds
Checklist of Birds
Species Accounts
11. Insects
Checklist of Insects
Species Accounts
Addresses of Contributors


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