Gods Wasps And Stranglers

Author: Mike Shanahan
Editor: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603587152
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They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are wish-fulfillers ... rainforest royalty ... more precious than gold. They are the fig trees, and they have affected humanity in profound but little-known ways. Gods, Wasps and Stranglers tells their amazing story. Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles in the dawn of civilization. They feature in every major religion, starring alongside Adam and Eve, Krishna and Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad. This is no coincidence – fig trees are special. They evolved when giant dinosaurs still roamed and have been shaping our world ever since. These trees intrigued Aristotle and amazed Alexander the Great. They were instrumental in Kenya’s struggle for independence and helped restore life after Krakatoa’s catastrophic eruption. Egypt’s Pharaohs hoped to meet fig trees in the afterlife and Queen Elizabeth II was asleep in one when she ascended the throne. And all because 80 million years ago these trees cut a curious deal with some tiny wasps. Thanks to this deal, figs sustain more species of birds and mammals than any other trees, making them vital to rainforests. In a time of falling trees and rising temperatures, their story offers hope. Ultimately, it’s a story about humanity’s relationship with nature. The story of the fig trees stretches back tens of millions of years, but it is as relevant to our future as it is to our past.
Gods, Wasps and Stranglers
Language: en
Pages: 208
Authors: Mike Shanahan
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-11-01 - Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are wish-fulfillers ... rainforest royalty ... more precious than gold. They are the fig trees, and they have affected humanity in profound but little-known ways. Gods, Wasps and Stranglers tells their amazing story. Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced
Eco–Art History in East and Southeast Asia
Language: en
Pages: 310
Authors: De-nin D. Lee
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-01-29 - Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Treasury of Folklore: Woodlands and Forests
Language: en
Pages: 181
Authors: Dee Dee Chainey, Willow Winsham
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-08-05 - Publisher: Batsford

An entertaining and enthralling collection of myths, tales and traditions surrounding our trees, woodlands and forests from around the world. From the dark, gnarled woodlands of the north, to the humid jungles of the southern lands, trees have captured humanity’s imagination for millennia. Filled with primal gods and goddesses, dryads
Salted and Cured
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Jeffrey Roberts
Categories: Cooking
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-04-15 - Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

From country ham to coppa, bacon to bresaola Prosciutto. Andouille. Country ham. The extraordinary rise in popularity of cured meats in recent years often overlooks the fact that the ancient practice of meat preservation through the use of salt, time, and smoke began as a survival technique. All over the
Tamed and Untamed
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Sy Montgomery, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-09-18 - Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

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