Learn how the extraordinary impact of the panda-from obscurity to fame-is also the story of China's transition from shy beginnings to center stage. Giant pandas have been causing a stir ever since their formal scientific discovery just over 140 years ago. Yet in spite of humankind's evident obsession with the giant panda, it is only in the last few decades that scientific research has begun to show us what this mysterious, frequently misunderstood...
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The natural and human history of the Galapagos Islands-beloved vacation spot, fiery volcanic chain, and one of the critical sites in the history of science. The Galapagos were once known to the sailors and pirates who encountered them as Las Encantadas-- the enchanted islands-- home to exotic creatures and dramatic volcanic scenery. In The Galapagos, science writer Henry Nicholls offers a lively natural and human history of the archipelago, charting...