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Natural World of Lewis and Clark

Natural World of Lewis and Clark - 08 edition

Natural World of Lewis and Clark - 08 edition

ISBN13: 9780826217660

ISBN10: 0826217664

Natural World of Lewis and Clark by David A. Dalton - ISBN 9780826217660
Edition: 08
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Published:
International: No
Natural World of Lewis and Clark by David A. Dalton - ISBN 9780826217660

ISBN13: 9780826217660

ISBN10: 0826217664

Edition: 08

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Summary

On their journey westward, Lewis and Clark demonstrated an amazing ability to identify the new plants and animals they encountered, and their observations enriched science's understanding of the trans-Mississippi West. Others have written about their discoveries and have faithfully cataloged their findings; now a twenty-first-century biologist reexamines some of those discoveries in the light of modern science to show for the first time their lasting biological significance.

The Natural World of Lewis and Clarkinterprets the expedition's findings from a modern perspective to show how advances such as DNA research, modern understanding of proteins, and the latest laboratory methods shed new light on them. David Dalton recounts the expedition's observations and, in clear, readily accessible terms, relates them to principles of ecology, genetics, physiology, and even animal behavior.

Writing in informal language with a bit of wry humor, Dalton invites readers to imagine the West that Lewis and Clark found, revealing the dynamic features of nature and the dramatic changes that earlier peoples brought about. He explains surprising facts, ranging from why Indians used cottonwood bark as winter feed for horses to why the explorers experienced gastric distress with some foods, and even why the Expedition's dog would have been well-advised to avoid a diet of salmon.

Dalton introduces the tools and techniques of today's science in a way that won't intimidate nonspecialist readers. Throughout the book he expertly balances botanical and zoological information, with coverage ranging from the extinction of large animals in North America a f

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