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A Year of Costa Rican Natural History

Nature volume 100, page 323 (27 December 1917) | Download Citation



PROF. CALVERT, after several prolonged journeys to Mexico and other countries, has extended his entomological studies to Costa Rica, in which State he has spent a whole year, from May, 1909 to 1910, accompanied by Mrs. Calvert, likewise a keen naturalist. Their chief purpose was a study of the dragonflies with reference to their seasonal distribution, which necessitated visits to the same localities at, different times throughout the year. These special investigations having not yet been completed (Appendix iii. contains a long list of papers based on the collections, written by the authors and other specialists), their results are deferred, and the present book, embellished with some 150 illustrations, mainly of plants and insects, is devoted to the thousands of observations of all kinds of animals and plants as the travellers came across them. Here lies the drawback of the book; although so full of information, there are but few chapters to be enjoyed by the general reader, who, taking the detail, much of which is unavoidably technical, for granted, would relish some more comprehensive generalised descriptions as characteristic of the country.

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