A giant asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago and wiped out three-quarters of the world’s animals. Madagascar lost nearly all of its animal species, from dinosaurs and vegetarian crocodiles to towering, flightless birds and the largest frogs in history. Despite being surrounded by deep seas and virtually inaccessible, that once empty island is now a biodiversity hotspot, famous today for its lemurs and other unique wildlife.
What happened? And what can we learn from the island’s radical changes? Drawing on her new book The Sloth Lemur’s Song: Madagascar from the Deep Past to the Uncertain Present, Alison Richard explores the answers and offers a reading from this recently published “encyclopedia of wonders.”