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'A Sheltered Life. The Unexpected History of the Giant Tortoise' - Paul Chambers

John Murray 2004, 305pp, hardcover, former library usual markings, stamps, stickers, but otherwise reasonable-good, tight condition.

'Many Victorian scientists became fascinated with these creatures, directly inspiring the first understanding of ecology and biogeography and Darwin's theory of natural selection. The giant tortoise was also the subject of the world's first conservation fight in the 1870s. indeed many people's lives have been touched by these gentle giants. The French were happy to surrender the island of Mauritius in 1810, but baulked at handing over their mascot tortoise, and the British and American governments were forced to concede to the tortoises in a major Cold War incident.
A Sheltered Life is a fascinating look at one of the world's strangest and most wondrous animals - whose significance in modern science and culture cannot be underestimated.' (From the Dustjacket) Please click here to ask a question
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