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Amazonia: Man and Culture in a Counterfeit Paradise (Revised Edition) Paperback – 17 Jul 1996
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Amazonia provides the most comprehensive anthropological discussion so far of the Amazon basin as a human habitat. . . . This book specifies variables influencing cultural adaptation in the Amazon basin and presents a set of general principles constituting a theory of cultural evolution. In two descriptive sections of the book, Meggers analyzes the selective pressures in two distinct geographical zones: the terra firme or unflooded land, and the várzea or periodic floodplain. (Ellen B. Bass Science)Meggers has marshalled an impressive argument on the ecological imperatives of a truly unique Amazonia. . . . We are given a well-written and quite thorough description of the physical features of the two zones and a series of ethnographic vignettes to illustrate the action of cultural adaptation. (Man) An excellent, concise statement of the facts of the ecology of humid tropical lowlands, systematic descriptions of a number of widely spread Amazonian cultures, and a skillful integration of these two bodies of knowledge. The result is a demonstration that cultures are as surely subject to and molded by natural selection and environmental characteristics as are species of plants and animals. . . . Amazonia will inevitably be a basic text for the field of tropical ecology. (F. R. Fosberg Ecology)
"Epilogue reviews recent archaeological evidence for the precolumbian antiquity of social and settlement behavior of indigenous Amazonian groups"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.See all Product description
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This is a definitive explanation of how slash-and-biurn cultivators (comparing ...
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This is a definitive explanation of how slash-and-biurn cultivators (comparing five Amazonian indigenous cultures) adapt to tropiical; rainforests.). It provides a backgrounder on the conditions of tropical rainforests and how they adapt to heavy rainfall, high temperatures, and the chemical effects of these factors on the soil. It then explains the adaptive potential of slash-and-buirn cultivation and how clean clearing results in soill erosion, leaching, and laterization in terms that Freshman students can understand. I have used the content of this book for years in my introductory anthropology courses.
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I have bought this book more than once to give away. It is riveting.