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The Amber Forest: A Reconstruction of a Vanished World. e-book

Author:

George Poinar,Roberta Poinar

Language:

English

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Math

Subcategory:

Earth Sciences

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1674 kb

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Rating:

4.3

Publisher:

Princeton University Press; 1 edition (July 19, 1999)

Pages:

292

ISBN:

0691028885

The Amber Forest: A Reconstruction of a Vanished World. e-book

by George Poinar,Roberta Poinar


The Poinars are world leaders in the study of amber; their expertise and enthusiasm for amber are evident throughout the book. While very detailed, it is well written and a pleasure to read

The Poinars are world leaders in the study of amber; their expertise and enthusiasm for amber are evident throughout the book. While very detailed, it is well written and a pleasure to read. --Sara Lubkin, American Paleontologist. The Amber Forest is a stunning book that should appeal to anyone with an interest in entomology, paleobiology, or the ecology of past and present tropical forests. Science Books and Films)

Authors George Jr and Roberta Poinar have brought it all together in this amazing book. Between the two of them, the Poinars have spent most of their professional lives studying Entomology and amber inclusions to reconstruct a "vanished world".

Authors George Jr and Roberta Poinar have brought it all together in this amazing book. Roberta is also an electron microscopist and, with the help of some moderne technology, she and George have opened a window into the past

AReconstruction of a Vanished World George Poinar, J. and Roberta Poinar. The book is a beautifully written and produced homage to a remarkable, vanished world.

AReconstruction of a Vanished World George Poinar, J. George and Roberta Poinar are world leaders in the study of amber fossils. They have spent years examining the uniquely rich supply that has sur-vived from the ancient forests of the Dominican Republic.

The Amber Forest: A Reconstruction of a Vanished World (1999), co-authored with Roberta Poinar. Lebanese Amber: The Oldest Insect Ecosystem in Fossilized Resin, co-authored with Raif Milki who collected the amber samples in Lebanon (2001). Hebsgaard, Martin . Phillips, Matthew . Willerslev, Eske (2005), "Geologically ancient DNA: fact or artefact?", Trends in Microbiology, 13 (5): 212–220, doi:10. "Prehistoric Coffee Ancestor Found in Amber".

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In this book, George and Roberta Poinar use amber for a similar act of revival-only they bring back an entire ecosystem. The Poinars are world leaders in the study of amber fossils and have spent years examining the uniquely rich supply that has survived from the ancient forests of the Dominican Republic

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Poinar, George O; Poinar, Roberta. Amber fossils, Amber, Paleoecology. Princeton University Press. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by abowser on November 17, 2011.

Poinar and Poinar have created a fascinating scientific work with their reconstruction of what the forest of that epoch looked like. Using the thousands of examples of plants, seeds, petals, leaves, pollen, insects, and frogs or lizards that fell into the tree sap and were preserved like time capsules, they describe the ancient jungle long before any man trod this earth. They describe dozens of strange creatures, mostly insects (because they were abundant and small enough to get trapped often) that inhabit today's tropical forests as well as those in the past

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In this book, George and Roberta Poinar use amber for a similar act of revival - only they bring back an entire ecosystem. The Poinars have spent years examining the uniquely rich supply that has survived from the ancient forests of the Dominican Republic. Poinar, Roberta Poinar.

In this book, George and Roberta Poinar use amber for a similar act of revival-only they bring back an entire . Poinar and Poinar have created a fascinating scientific work with their reconstruction of what the forest of that epoch looked like. The Poinars are world leaders in the study of amber fossils and have spent years examining the uniquely rich supply that has survived from the ancient forests of the Dominican Republic.

In Jurassic Park, amber fossils provided the key to bringing dinosaurs back to life. Scientists in the movie extracted dinosaur blood from mosquitoes preserved for millions of years in amber--hardened tree resin--and used the blood's DNA to revive the creatures that terrified audiences around the globe. In this book, George and Roberta Poinar use amber for a similar act of revival--only they bring back an entire ecosystem. The Poinars are world leaders in the study of amber fossils and have spent years examining the uniquely rich supply that has survived from the ancient forests of the Dominican Republic. They draw on their research here to reconstruct in words, drawings, and spectacular color photographs the ecosystem that existed on the island of Hispaniola between fifteen and forty-five million years ago. The result is the most accurate picture scientists have yet produced of any tropical forest of the past.

The specimens examined by the Poinars reflect amber's extraordinary qualities as a medium for preservation. Millions of years ago, countless plants, invertebrates, and small vertebrates were trapped in the sticky resin that flowed from the trees of ancient forests and, as that resin hardened into translucent, golden amber, they were preserved in almost perfect condition. Samples analyzed and illustrated here include a wide range of insects and plants--many now extinct--as well as such vertebrates as frogs, lizards, birds, and small mammals. There are even frozen scenes of combat: an assassin bug grappling with a stingless bee, for example, and a spider attacking a termite. By examining these plants and animals and comparing them to related forms that exist today, the authors shed new light on the behavior of these organisms as well as the environment and climate in which they lived and died.

The Poinars present richly detailed drawings of how the forests once appeared. They discuss how and when life colonized Hispaniola and what caused some forms to become extinct. Along the way, they describe how amber is formed, how and where it has been preserved, and how it is mined, sold, and occasionally forged for profit today. The book is a beautifully written and produced homage to a remarkable, vanished world.


Zugar
Interesting book.
Precious
Just south of the Tropic of Cancer lies a chain of islands called the Greater Antilles. There are four islands in the chain: Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Cuba and, the subject of this book, Hispaniola (comprising of Haiti and Dominican Republic). Millions of years ago Hispaniola was, much like today, a tropical paradise with forested slopes and a thriving ecosystem. Within those forests lived species of Algarrobo tree (now extinct in the Greater Antilles) which exuded a kind of sticky resin that, after a time, hardened to form copal (an intermediate stage). During the intervening eons the copal became fossilized to the form we now call amber. Authors George Jr and Roberta Poinar have brought it all together in this amazing book. Between the two of them, the Poinars have spent most of their professional lives studying Entomology and amber inclusions to reconstruct a "vanished world". Roberta is also an electron microscopist and, with the help of some moderne technology, she and George have opened a window into the past. While the Algarrobo resin was still fresh it acted as a perfect litter trap for any kind of plant debris such as: leaves, flowers, pollen, etc. Animal life too found itself stuck in the sticky discharge, to be preserved, along with the plant litter, in minute detail as the resin was slowly transformed into amber. Amber is found in mines though out the world but some of the finest specimens come from the Dominican Republic and are thus named; Dominican Amber. By combining the study of amber inclusions with their knowledge of modern day plants and animals the Poinars have been able to extrapolate many details of this prehistoric world. If we know that certain kinds of termites live in arboreal nests today and we find the same species, or a close relative, in fossil amber then it's a good bet that they had a similar life style. In this well written and visually stunning book the Poinars provide the reader with an extensive list of fossil species as well as a peek into the lives of both modern and extinct life forms. Concepts like: singing caterpillars, extra floral nectaries, ambrosia fungus and tank bromeliads are just a few of many wonders that await you in The Amber Forest.

LastRanger
Silverbrew
Millions of years ago, a meat-eating animal snuck through the primeval forest in what is now the Dominican Republic. Taking a short break in the shade of the towering canopy, it sat on some bamboo shoots which broke off in its fur. As the animal continued on its search for its next meal, the shoots began to irritate it. Growling (as I imagine), it rubbed up against an algarrobo tree. Some of the irritating plant fell out, along with one or two of the animal's hairs. These things fell into some resin or sap which exuded from the tree. The sap preserved them perfectly. Later the large drop of sap fell to the ground, was covered by debris which turned to earth, burying the sap completely. It lay there for a million or more years, then the ocean rose, taking the object to the bottom, where it was polished or preserved for more millions of years. Finally, due to the tectonic movements of the earth's plates, the ocean bottom where the (now) amber lay rose up into the mountains of an island. When Europeans arrived there in the tiny fragment of time known as "history" in this whole unbelievable span, they dug out the amber and found the preserved proof of that one moment in an animal's activities a possible 25 million years ago !

Poinar and Poinar have created a fascinating scientific work with their reconstruction of what the forest of that epoch looked like. Using the thousands of examples of plants, seeds, petals, leaves, pollen, insects, and frogs or lizards that fell into the tree sap and were preserved like time capsules, they describe the ancient jungle long before any man trod this earth. They rely on the principle of behaviorial fixity-that is, the idea that species that fill certain ecological niches today did so in the past as well. They describe dozens of strange creatures, mostly insects (because they were abundant and small enough to get trapped often) that inhabit today's tropical forests as well as those in the past. The majority of the book is devoted to describing as many organisms as possible with an enormous number of black and white photographs and line drawings to help your imagination. They also have a whole section of color photographs of the actual amber pieces. At the end there is a short reconstruction (or summary) of the whole vanished forest as well as an interesting discussion of climatic change and the reason for the disappearance of many species between that time and the present. Not being a person with a scientific background, I found all these things excitingly different from my usual reading fare, but the language used-apart from having to deal with such terms as homozygotic, depurination, dehiscent, and phytotelmata, which don't exactly roll off my tongue-is understandable by any educated lay reader. I found THE AMBER FOREST one of the most fascinating books of science that I have ever read and one of the best books in any field that I've read recently. If learning about the symbiosis of plants and insects, parasites and hosts, ants and fungus, in fact all the biological world of a long-gone jungle, has any appeal to you, don't miss this work.
Rainbearer
This is a phenomenal book which will present a very thorough, and brilliant, "lecture" all in a single book. The hard bound edition is beautiful, and is a book I will probably never sell, it is an excellent book!

It really is like sitting through an Ivy League lecture, though it isn't something many will find too difficult to follow (I hope. . .) It is a rare find.

I should note, most people overlook the hardbound editions, which are often cheaper than paperback :)
Umrdana
This book tells of the author's adventures looking for amber as well as facts about it.

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