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Why Big Fierce Animals Are Rare

An Ecologist's Perspective

Paul A. Colinvaux Cristina Eisenberg



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Princeton University Pres
15 May 2018
First published in 1979, Why Big Fierce Animals Are Rare has established itself as a seminal work in ecology. Now with a new foreword by ecologist and writer Cristina Eisenberg, this penetrating study of ecosystems and animal populations is more relevant than ever. What accounts for the many different species of insect? Why does the robin populatio
By:   Paul A. Colinvaux
Foreword by:   Cristina Eisenberg
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691178080
ISBN 10:   0691178089
Series:   Princeton Science Library
Pages:   264
Publication Date:   15 May 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul A. Colinvaux (1930-2016) was an ecologist and professor emeritus at Ohio State University. His books include The Fate of Nations, Ecology, and Amazon Expeditions: My Quest for the Ice Age Equator. Cristina Eisenberg is chief scientist at the Earthwatch Institute and the author of The Wolf's Tooth and The Carnivore Way.

Reviews for Why Big Fierce Animals Are Rare: An Ecologist's Perspective

A rare achievement. . . . Colinvaux makes us marvel with him at the stability of nature and the incredible fit of every part of it. --New York Times Book Review A mind-tingling survey . . . of the many factors involved in the interrelationships of all living things.... An incisive and stirring book, and a model of scientific explanation. --New Yorker

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