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By Samuel Bridgewater

Written for a favored viewers and richly illustrated, this e-book provides the 1st designated portrait of the habitats, biodiversity, and ecology of Belize, one of many earth's so much biologically profuse places.

Belize's Chiquibul woodland is without doubt one of the greatest ultimate expanses of tropical wet woodland in crucial the US. It varieties a part of what's popularly referred to as the Maya woodland. Battered by way of hurricanes over hundreds of thousands of years, occupied through the Maya for millions of years, and logged for centuries, this environment has confirmed its outstanding ecological resilience via its endured lifestyles into the twenty-first century. regardless of its background of disturbance, or perhaps partially due to it, the Maya wooded area is ranked as an enormous neighborhood biodiversity sizzling spot and gives the various final nearby habitats for endangered species similar to the jaguar, the scarlet macaw, Baird's tapir, and Morelet's crocodile.

A traditional heritage of Belize provides for the 1st time an in depth portrait of the habitats, biodiversity, and ecology of the Maya woodland, and Belize extra greatly, in a layout obtainable to a favored viewers. it's dependent partially at the learn findings of scientists learning at Las Cuevas learn Station within the Chiquibul wooded area. The ebook is exclusive in demystifying the various giant medical debates relating to rainforests. those contain "Why are tropical forests so diverse?"; "How do wildlife evolve?"; and "How do species interact?" by means of targeting the ecotourism paradise of Belize, this e-book illustrates how technological know-how has solved the various riddles that when at a loss for words the likes of Charles Darwin, and in addition indicates the way it may also help us in handling our planet and wooded area assets properly within the future.

Published in organization with the traditional historical past Museum, London.
99 colour photographs, 6 illustrations, three maps.

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Among the evolved characteristics that helped ferns to be hugely successful were their leaves, which were broad and feathery, presenting a large surface area to the sun and thereby maximizing their ability to photosynthesize. However, like club mosses and horsetails, reproduction was still dependent on spores and required two distinct independent but mutually dependent life cycles. Although not found in Belize, one fossil from the late Devonian that has revealed much about plant evolution is Archaeopteris.

They are now represented in Belize by seven species. Today flowering plants (angiosperms) dominate Belize’s flora, with 3,145 species represented. These are evolutionary youngsters, relatively speaking. Although they appear in the fossil record for the first time only at the end of the Jurassic period (146 MYA), it was not until the Cretaceous (146–66 MYA) that they diversified greatly to become the biggest and most successful group of plants on earth. Thus, Belize’s flora can be considered to be a mixture of families of ancient and more recent lineages.

Like existing gymnosperms, the Cordaitales produced cones and seed, although their leaves differed from those we know today by being significantly broader and larger. The gymnosperms shared their heyday with the dinosaurs, and the evolutionary lineage has survived to the present era. In addition to the exotic monkey puzzle Araucaria heterophylla, which can be found cultivated in many Belizean gardens, Belize has native representatives of three other different types of gymnosperm: cycads (four species), pines (two species), and podocarps (one species).

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