Origin and Evolution of Tropical Rain Forests, Robert J. Morley, 1999, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, 362 p. (Hardcover, $140.00) ISBN: 0-471-98326-8.

Get out your hammock and mosquito net for this armchair trip to the tropics. Robert Morley has compiled and reviewed almost all the literature on tropical rain forests since the Early Cretaceous and organized it into a global survey, from west to east. In addition to a description of the fossil record of tropical forests, his goals are to (1) explore the longevity of rain forest formations to determine whether long-term stability is a prerequisite for diverse...

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