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The first edition of Tropical Rain Forests: an Ecological andBiogeographical Comparison exploded the myth of ‘the rainforest’ as a single, uniform entity. In reality, the majortropical rain forest regions, in tropical America, Africa,Southeast Asia, Madagascar, and New Guinea, have as manydifferences as similarities, as a result of their isolation fromeach other during the evolution of their floras and faunas. Thisnew edition reinforces this message with new examples from recentand on-going research.

After an introduction to the environments and geologicalhistories of the major rain forest regions, subsequent chaptersfocus on plants, primates, carnivores and plant-eaters, birds,fruit bats and gliding animals, and insects, with an emphasis onthe ecological and biogeographical differences between regions.This is followed by a new chapter on the unique tropical rainforests of oceanic islands. The final chapter, which has beencompletely rewritten, deals with the impacts of people on tropicalrain forests and discusses possible conservation strategies thattake into account the differences highlighted in the previouschapters. This exciting and very readable book, illustratedthroughout with color photographs, will be invaluable reading forundergraduate students in a wide range of courses as well as anauthoritative reference for graduate and professional ecologists,conservationists, and interested amateurs.

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