1) de Queiroz, Alan. The Monkey's Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life. 2014. Basic Books. Hardbound: 360 pages. Price: $27.99 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: How did related species wind up on lands separated by vast oceans? Scientists have long conjectured that plants and animals were scattered over the globe as passengers on drifting continents, but in The Monkey’s Voyage, biologist Alan de Queiroz shows that the latest evidence points to a more mysterious explanation. He describes how species as diverse as monkeys, frogs, and baobab trees made incredible long-distance ocean journeys: animals swam or rode natural rafts, seeds were carried on storm winds or in the plumage of seabirds, creating the map of life as we know it. Like Basin and Range and The Song of the Dodo, The Monkey’s Voyage combines lyrical prose with a profound exploration of deep history and the nature of scientific discovery.
RECOMMENDATION: For those with an interest in biogeography.