Humans first settled the islands of Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, and New Guinea over sixty millennia ago. Over time the environment became to change, the human beings altered the land by gathering fruits and vegetables and hunting animals.In this illustrated history of Australia, acclaimed scientist and historian, Tim Flannery follows the environment of the islands. The paperback book starts with the time of dinosaurs, then the age of mammals, leading the to the arrival of humanity on its shores. The historical book also chronicles the coming of European colonizers and the irreparable effect industrial society had on the islands' natural balance.
"The Future Eaters: An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People" is a penetrating, gripping, and provocative read. The dramatic retelling offers a compelling narrative that combines natural history, anthropology, and ecology on an epic scale.