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Life in Ireland: A Short History of a Long Time

Life in Ireland: A Short History of a Long Time

Conor W. O’Brien

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With its castles, crannogs and passage tombs, Ireland is a land where history looms large, but the saga of life on this island dates back millions of years before the first people set foot here. In Life in Ireland, Conor O’Brien guides the reader on a journey around the island to explore the history of natural life here, from the Jurassic Coast of Antrim to the great Ice Age bone-beds of Cork. TOS

Along the way, we’ll meet some of the astonishing creatures to have called Ireland home through the ages: shelled monsters; huge marine lizards; armoured dinosaurs; giant deer; mighty mammoths.

Vital strands in the story of life on Earth have left their mark here, including some of the first creatures to crawl onto land or take to the wing. This epic journey will take us from the first fossils to the present day, to see how our wildlife has adapted to the human age and explore what the future might hold for life in Ireland.

CONTENTS Introduction

Part I: From the Dawn to the Dinosaurs

  • The First Life in Ireland
  • Footprints in Stone: The Tracks of Valentia Island
  • Sharks, Shells and Swamp Monsters: Carboniferous Ireland
  • Dinosaurs: The Reign of the Reptiles
  • The Sea Dragons of Ulster

Part II: The Beasts of Ice Age Ireland

  • The Coming of the Ice
  • Ice Age Ireland
  • One Giant Tooth
  • The Giant Irish Deer
  • The Woolly Mammoth
  • The Other Herbivores of Ice Age Ireland
  • The Predators of the Plains
  • The End of the Ice Age Mega-Beasts

Part III: Life in the Human Age

  • The Coming of Man
  • To a Forest Primeval: Ireland’s Lost Woodlands
  • Hidden Oases: Ireland’s Bogs and Uplands
  • Life in the Grass: The Fauna of Ireland’s Farms
  • Ireland’s Urban Wildlife
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Life in Ireland’s Oceans
  • The Tragedy of the Great Auk
  • Rewilding Ireland

Additional Information

Author Conor W. O’Brien
Publisher Merrion
Publication date 16 Apr 2021
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781785373848

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