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This is an auction for PREHISTORIC NEW ZEALAND by Graeme Stevens, Matt McGlone & Beverley McCulloch.

Beautifully illustrated by Vivian Ward throughout.

"From the beginning of the European exploration of New Zealand it was realised that its islands had been long isolated from the rest of the world, resulting in a unique natural history which had developed in the absence of mammalian predators. And yet it is only in the last 20 years that the reasons for this have become apparent and in an exciting synthesis of various sciences our understanding of the earth's history has been radically altered. We now know that New Zealand was once part of Gondwana, a great super-continent which comprised all the major southern land masses. For a time New Zealand itself was of continental proportions, rivalling in size its neighbour, Australia. It was then that many of the plant and animal species we now regard as endemic migrated here. Some species, like the dinosaurs, became extinct. Others persisted, and in the 80 million years since New Zealand severed its last links with Gondwana, these have changed and adapted as the land itself - racked by enormous geological processes - wore down and then rose again. It was this landscape that confronted the first Polynesian colonisers 1000 years ago. PREHISTORIC NEW ZEALAND tells this fascinating story. It represents a new approach to geoscience by combining several disciplines to tell a compelling narrative. Illustrated with 200 magnificent reconstructions, photographs, maps and diagrams, PREHISTORIC NEW ZEALAND conjures up a picture of ancient landscapes and what this country looked like millions of years ago."

Large format hardback 1988.

128 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.40 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $8.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • tracked mail for Rural Delivery (RD)$8.95
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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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