The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica

A Herpetofauna Between Two Continents, Between Two Seas


Author: Jay M. Savage

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226735375

Category: Nature

Page: 934

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World renowned for its biological diversity and model conservation system, Costa Rica is home to a wide variety of amphibians and reptiles, from the golden toad to the scorpion lizard and the black-headed bushmaster. Jay M. Savage has studied these fascinating creatures for more than forty years, and in The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica he provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date treatment of their biology and evolution ever produced. Savage begins with detailed discussions of the natural and cultural history of Costa Rica, setting the stage for a detailed treatment of each of the 396 species of amphibians and reptiles that may be found there. Each species account synthesizes and analyzes everything that is known about the animal's anatomy, behavior, geographic distribution, systematics, and evolutionary history and provides keys for identifying amphibians and reptiles in the field. In addition to distribution maps and systematic and morphological illustrations, the book includes color photographs of almost every known species, many taken by the distinguished nature photographers Michael and Patricia Fogden. Because Costa Rica has played, and continues to play, a pivotal role in the study of tropical biology as well as in the development of ecotourism and ecoprospecting, and because more than half of the amphibians and reptiles in Costa Rica are also found elsewhere in Central America, The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica will be an essential book for a wide audience of nature lovers, naturalists, ecotourists, field biologists, conservationists, and government planners.

The West Indians of Costa Rica

Race, Class, and the Integration of an Ethnic Minority


Author: Ronald N. Harpelle

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773522817

Category: History

Page: 238

View: 4041

A detailed social history of an ethnic minority's adaptation to life in Central America during the first half of the twentieth century.

The Costa Rica Reader

History, Culture, Politics


Author: Steven Palmer,Iván Molina

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822382814

Category: History

Page: 398

View: 4539

Long characterized as an exceptional country within Latin America, Costa Rica has been hailed as a democratic oasis in a continent scorched by dictatorship and revolution; the ecological mecca of a biosphere laid waste by deforestation and urban blight; and an egalitarian, middle-class society blissfully immune to the violent class and racial conflicts that have haunted the region. Arguing that conceptions of Costa Rica as a happy anomaly downplay its rich heritage and diverse population, The Costa Rica Reader brings together texts and artwork that reveal the complexity of the country’s past and present. It characterizes Costa Rica as a site of alternatives and possibilities that undermine stereotypes about the region’s history and challenge the idea that current dilemmas facing Latin America are inevitable or insoluble. This essential introduction to Costa Rica includes more than fifty texts related to the country’s history, culture, politics, and natural environment. Most of these newspaper accounts, histories, petitions, memoirs, poems, and essays are written by Costa Ricans. Many appear here in English for the first time. The authors are men and women, young and old, scholars, farmers, workers, and activists. The Costa Rica Reader presents a panoply of voices: eloquent working-class raconteurs from San José’s poorest barrios, English-speaking Afro-Antilleans of the Limón province, Nicaraguan immigrants, factory workers, dissident members of the intelligentsia, and indigenous people struggling to preserve their culture. With more than forty images, the collection showcases sculptures, photographs, maps, cartoons, and fliers. From the time before the arrival of the Spanish, through the rise of the coffee plantations and the Civil War of 1948, up to participation in today’s globalized world, Costa Rica’s remarkable history comes alive. The Costa Rica Reader is a necessary resource for scholars, students, and travelers alike.

The Wildlife of Costa Rica

A Field Guide


Author: Fiona Reid

Publisher: 秀和システム

ISBN: 9780801449055

Category: Nature

Page: 267

View: 7957

"Featuring a good selection of common and/or interesting species, The Wildlife of Costa Rica is the most authoritative and most useful general guide to its subject. It will attract every ecotourist visiting Costa Rica. This dream team knows its stuff. and the illustrations are stunning."---Cagan H. Sekercioglu, Stanford University

Costa Rica For Dummies


Author: Eliot Greenspan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470570593

Category: Travel

Page: 408

View: 6313

Gold and Power in Ancient Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia

A Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks, 9 and 10 October 1999


Author: Jeffrey Quilter,John W. Hoopes

Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks

ISBN: 9780884022947

Category: History

Page: 429

View: 1890

The lands between Mesoamerica and the Central Andes are famed for the rich diversity of ancient cultures that inhabited them. Throughout this vast region, from about AD 700 until the sixteenth-century Spanish invasion, a rich and varied tradition of goldworking was practiced. The amount of gold produced and worn by native inhabitants was so great that Columbus dubbed the last New World shores he sailed as Costa Rica—the "Rich Coast." Despite the long-recognized importance of the region in its contribution to Pre-Columbian culture, very few books are readily available, especially in English, on these lands of gold. Gold and Power in Ancient Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia now fills that gap with eleven articles by leading scholars in the field. Issues of culture change, the nature of chiefdom societies, long-distance trade and transport, ideologies of value, and the technologies of goldworking are covered in these essays as are the role of metals as expressions and materializations of spiritual, political, and economic power. These topics are accompanied by new information on the role of stone statuary and lapidary work, craft and trade specialization, and many more topics, including a reevaluation of the concept of the "Intermediate Area." Collectively, the volume provides a new perspective on the prehistory of these lands and includes articles by Latin American scholars whose writings have rarely been published in English.

Costa Rica


Author: Erin Foley,Barbara Cooke

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9780761420798

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 5280

"Provides comprehensive information on the geography, history, wildlife, governmental structure, economy, cultural diversity, peoples, religion, and culture of Costa Rica"--Provided by publisher.

Costa Rica in Pictures


Author: Thomas Streissguth

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 9780822511687

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

View: 2320

Describes the land, people, government, and economy of Costa Rica.

The History of Costa Rica


Author: Monica A. Rankin

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313379440

Category: History

Page: 200

View: 7995

Concise yet thorough, this engaging book provides an overview of the unique history of an increasingly important Central American nation. * A chronology of important events from the pre-Columbian era to the present * Biographical entries of important personalities * A glossary of important terms * A bibliographic essay of contemporary works on Costa Rica