The Mediterranean region is an outstanding "hot-spot" of biological diversity where there is often more biodiversity in a single square kilometre than in any area 100 times larger in the northern parts of Europe. It has been the cradle of many civilizations, host to humans for thousands of years, and boasts an exceptional history of interactions between its human inhabitants and the flora and fauna of the region.
Biology and wildlife of the Mediterranean region is the first book to synthesise our current understanding of the history, ecology, and evolutionary biology of Mediterranean animals and plants, and their habitats.
This fascinating story is written in an informal, userfriendly style and will be of interest to researchers and students in ecology, biology, conservation, and geography, as well as to naturalists and ecotourists visiting this popular holiday region. Terms that may be unfamiliar to some readers have been defined in the Glossary.