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Die Holarktis:

Naturevolume 140pages129130 (1937) | Download Citation



ONE cannot fail to agree with the author's remark in the preface to this interesting book, that the rapid recent development of ecological science has served, to some extent, to obscure the intrinsic value of biogeographical studies, which often tend to be regarded as a mere branch of ecology. Actually, biogeography, or the study of the composition, origin and evolution of the living faunas and floras, represents a higher degree of synthetic biological knowledge than either ecology or faunistics (or floristics), on both of which it largely relies for its fundamental data. The book under review must be regarded, on the whole, as a very successful attempt to treat the problem of the Holarctic fauna and flora on broad biogeographical and evolutionary lines.

Die Holarktis:

ein Beitrag zur diluvialen und alluvialen Geschichte der zirkumpolaren Faunen- und Florengebiete. Von W. F. Reinig. Pp. vii + 124. (Jena: Gustav Fischer, 1937.) 7.50 gold marks.

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