Preface. Acknowledgments. 1 A History of Biogeography. 2 Patterns of Distribution. 3 Communities and Ecosystems. 4 Patterns of Biodiversity. 5 The Engines of the Planet I: Plate Tectonics. 6 The Engines of the Planet II:Evolution, the Source of Novelty. 7 From Evolution to Patterns of Life. 8 Life,Death,and Evolution on Islands. 9 Drawing Lines in the Water. 10 Living in the Past. 11 The Geography of Life Today. 12 Ice and Change. 13 The Advent of Humanity. 14 Into the Future. Conservation Biogeography. Further Reading. References. Glossary. Index.