Hell pigs and mega-elephants: Europe’s forgotten wildlife

Once upon a time, Europe’s animal kingdom was as diverse as Africa’s.

Here are two authors that delight in big-picture natural history but viewed from opposite ends of the telescope, so to speak. The plant biologist Ken Thompson is interested in the botanical research that lay behind the biggest picture of them all – the “book that”, in his words, “explains everything”: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1859).

What intrigues Thompson is not just the vast scope of its author’s vision, but how he assembled his ideas from painstaking...
source: New Statesman

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