This fascinating quasi-scientific reading adventure chronicling the concept of “island biogeography” first contained in the early evolution minds of Charles Darwin, joseph Hooker and Alfred Wallace and the Wallace Line observation of species separation. Recent science of the last few hundred years confirm islands “are havens and breeding grounds for the unique and anomalous” and “give clarity to evolution”. Quammen could have equally been entitled the “swansong” of the “ecologically naïve” Dodo which exemplifies the passage of innumerable species from the earth. The reader will find this book stoked with interesting reading, much of it emanating in Southeast Asia, surrounding evolution, those involved and its progression.
7 April, 2020