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Amazonia: Man and Culture in a Counterfeit Paradise (Revised Edition) Paperback – 17 Jul 1996

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press; Rev Ed edition (17 July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560986557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560986553
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,384,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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"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.

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