Australia’s nearest neighbour

A beautifully illustrated book on New Guinea
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April 2021, no. 430
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New Guinea: Nature and culture of Earth’s grandest island by Bruce M. Beehler, photography by Tim Laman

Princeton University Press, $49.99 hb, 376 pp

Australia’s nearest neighbour

A beautifully illustrated book on New Guinea
by
April 2021, no. 430

Australia’s nearest neighbour, the fabulous New Guinea, is one of the least developed and least known islands on earth. The largest and highest tropical island, it boasts extensive tracts of old-growth tropical forest (second only to the Amazon following massive destruction in Borneo and Sumatra), equatorial alpine environments, extensive lowland swamp forests, and huge abundances and diversities of orchids, rhododendrons, forest tree species, frogs, freshwater fish, and leeches. The fauna, exotic as well as diverse, include the richest radiations of tree kangaroos, echidnas, birds of paradise, and bowerbirds.

Peter Menkhorst reviews 'New Guinea: Nature and culture of Earth’s grandest island' by Bruce M. Beehler, photography by Tim Laman

New Guinea: Nature and culture of Earth’s grandest island

by Bruce M. Beehler, photography by Tim Laman

Princeton University Press, $49.99 hb, 376 pp

Buy this book

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