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The Monkey's Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life

by Alan de Queiroz
Basic Books, January 2014   ISBN: 978-046502051-5
Price: $27.99

"Starting with a history of biogeography which vacillates between plate tectonics dispersal to vicariance to explain the dispersal of plants and animals around the world, de Queiroz adds anecdotal stories of dispersal unexplained by plate tectonics.  In the second half, he provides evidence to support the theory of vicariance.  The section on history is more studied, but  his enthusiasm for vicariance and all the possible ways plants and animals might have dispersed shines through in the second half."

— Reviewed by Percy