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Beasts of Eden : walking whales, dawn horses, and other enigmas of mammal evolution

Author: David Rains Wallace
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A general interest exploration of mammal evolution and the scientific history of major fossil discoveries, their discoverers, and changing ideas about these extinct "beasts."It's both a grand mystery and a Cinderella story: mammal origins were one of 19th-century science's major enigmas, and mammals outlasted the more abundant dinosaurs to give birth to us.

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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Rains Wallace
ISBN: 0520237315 9780520237315
OCLC Number: 53254011
Description: xxviii, 340 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue: The Fresco and the Fossil --
Pachyderms in the Catacombs --
Dr. Jekyll and the Stonesfield Jaws --
The Origin of Mammals --
The Noblest Conquest --
Terrible Horns and Heavy Feet --
Mr. Megatherium versus Professor Mylodon --
Fire Beasts of the Antipodes --
Titans on Parade --
Five-toed Horses and Missing Links --
The Invisible Dawn Man --
A Bonaparte of Beasts --
Love and Theory --
Simpson's Cynodont-to-Smilodon Synthesis --
Shifting Ground --
Dissolving Ancestries --
Exploding Faunas --
The Revenge of the Shell Hunters --
Simpson Redivivus --
Winds Thieves of the Kyzylkum --
The Serpent's Offering --
Anthropoid Leapfrog --
Epilogue: Cenozoic Parks.
Responsibility: David Rains Wallace.
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Mammals first evolved at about the same time as dinosaurs, and their story is perhaps the more fascinating of the two - in part because it is also our own story. This work presents an account of  Read more...

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