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The Dodo and the Solitaire: A Natural History (Life of the Past) Hardcover – 25 Mar 2013

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (25 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253000998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253000996
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 4.1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,165,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A labor of love. There is great value in having all of this information in one, succinct package. This book is the definitive work on the subject." Jeffrey D. Stilwell, Monash University "A MUST have for people with an interest in these two species!" - Ian Paulsen, 'Birdbooker Report 251',, December 2012 "Parish's magnificent, comprehensive tome compares very favourably indeed with its illustrious predecessors [...] For me, the unique way Parish's book compares, contrasts, and focuses upon the historical accounts (translated into English when the originals were in other languages) gives a vitality to the dodo's life story. It is as if the reader is witnessing at first hand this hapless, helpless bird's fascinating but tragically brief existence [...] The publisher has spared no expense on layout, illustrations or paper quality. This book is a thing of beauty in its own right that no ebook could compete with [...] This is a wonderful, definitive treatment of the dodo and solitaire" - Fortean Times, 1st June

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Jolyon C. Parish completed a degree in Geology and Palaeontology at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London, and wrote his D.Phil. at Oxford on the evolutionary history and paleobiology of Ankylosauria.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By charles meecham on 27 April 2014
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This is the ultimate book on the Dodo that is currently in print. The book is so well researched I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who wants to find out the detailed story of this bird and it's sorry demise. Jolyon Parish has to be congratulated on his most thorough approach which is second to none.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing book 24 Dec 2013
By Hammurabi Babylonia - Published on
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I really love this book - every piece of diverse information consolidated into one book. Probably not a good first book for those into dodos (Errol Fuller is a great starting point) but for someone who wants to examine comparisons between conflicting reports, second-hand illustrations and the kind of Chinese-whispers scenario through which much of our current information has come to pass, this book is ideal. My favourite book of the year.
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Lots of material 29 Dec 2012
By A. E. Wright - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Plenty of material here for the book I wish the compiler had sat down and written. Eminently consultable, but hardly readable.
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