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Biology in South Africa


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Biology in South Africa

General interest- Biology:


J.L.B. Smith, Old Fourlegs (Longman, 1957):

The discovery of the previously-thought extinct coelacanth in South Africa. This fish provides important information relevant to the evolution of tetrapods.


L Berger and M Aronson, The Skull in the Rock (National Geographic, 2012)

How a scientist, a boy in South Africa, and Google Earth opened a new window on human origins. Many of the hominid fossil finds were discovered in South Africa.


L Anthony and G Spence, The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild (Thomas Dunne Books, 2009)

A biographical account of Lawrence Anthony, who took in a herd of wild elephants to his game preserve in order to save them.


J Gordon, 101 Kruger Tales: Extraordinary Stories from Ordinary Visitors to the Kruger National Park (Leadwood Publishing, 2014)

A new book sharing first-hand amazing accounts of ordinary tourists visiting Kruger National Park in South Africa.


CL Vaughan, Imagining the Elephant- A Biography of Alan Macleod Cormack (Imperial College Press, 2008). Pp. 324.

A biography of the South African scientist Alan Macleod Cormack, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for developing the CT scanner.


Chameleon relevant book/papers:
K Tolley and M Burger, Chameleons of South Africa (RandomHouse-Struik, 2007)

An essential guide to these intriguing lizards which are my main reason for wanting to go to Africa.


KE Barnett, RB Cocroft, LJ Fleishman. 1999. Possible communication by substrate vibration in a chameleon. Copeia 1999(1):225-228.
D Sustaita, E Pouydebat, A Manzano et al. 2013. Getting a grip on tetrapod grasphing: form, function, and evolution. Biological Reviews 88:380-405.
EG Wever. 1968. The ear of the chameleon: Chamaeleo senegalensis and Chamaeleo quilensis. The Journal of Experimental Zoology 168:423-436.
EG Wever. 1969. The ear of the chameleon: the round window problem. The Journal of Experimental Zoology 171:1-5.
K Boka. 2014. What’s that hooting sound? A survey on novel sound producing mechanisms in chameleons. Honors Thesis. Western Kentucky University. Pp. 34.
M Spinner, G Westhoff, SN Gorb. 2014. Subdigital setae of chameleon feet: Friction-enhancing microstructures for a wide range of substrate roughness. Scientific Reports 4:5481 (doi: 10.1038/srep05481).
M Spinner, G Westhoff, SN Gorb. 2013. Subdigital and subcaudal microornamentation in Chameleonidae- A comparative study. Journal of Morphology 274:713-723.
LJ Davison. 1997. Chameleons- Their Care and Breeding. Hancock House Pub Ltd. Pp. 112.


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