The tree where man was born
In this classic volume, Matthiessen exquisitely combines both nature and travel writing to bring East Africa to vivid life. He skillfully portrays the daily lives of herdsmen and hunter-gatherers; the drama of the predator kills; the hundreds of exotic animals; the breathtaking landscapes; and the area's turbulent natural, political, and social histories.
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Among the carcasses, probing and sweeping, stepped elegant avocets and stilts,
ignoring the taint in the stained water, and vulture and marabou in thousands had
cleared the skies to accumulate at the feast. These legions of great greedy- ...
On most of the hunts gazelle calves were plentiful — with throwing sticks, four or
five could have been killed, and with bolus stones (found at Olduvai) still more —
and it was almost always possible to locate food by watching vultures in the ...
The birds were birds of high rock places — swifts, crag martins, the white
Egyptian vulture — riding the drafts and currents. Then a lark came strangely
near before bounding down across the deserts. On the wind this morning I had
heard an ...
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