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Prehistoric mammals of Australia and New Guinea : one hundred million years of evolution

Author: John A Long
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Ancestral koalas, carnivorous kangaroos, rhinoceros-sized Diprotodons, bizarre 'thingadontans', marsupial lions, primitive bats, toothed baleen whales: The Prehistoric Mammals of Australia and New Guinea: One Hundred Million Years of Evolution is a lavishly illustrated and comprehensive reference work on the extinct mammals of ancient Australia and New Guinea." "This book includes: each mammal described in detail;  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John A Long
ISBN: 0801872235 9780801872235
OCLC Number: 49860159
Description: 244 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Contents: Foreword / Ernest L. Lundelius, Jr --
The background story --
A brief history of fossil mammal discoveries --
Why Australian mammals are different --
Monotremes: wide legs and lay eggs --
Thingodontans: odd relics from Gondwana --
Dasyures, numbats and thylacines: diverse eaters of flesh --
Marsupial moles: the ancient diggers --
Bandicoots and bilbies: long noses and broad appetites --
Koalas and kin: gummed tight to trees --
Wombats and kin: pouched in reverse and diverse --
Possums: hangers and gliders trained in the trees --
Kangaroos: hoppers, snippers and rippers --
Bats: winged and worldly wanderers --
Rats and mice: nimble gnawers from the north --
Marine mammals: sleek swimmers of the seas --
Weird things not so easily pigeonholed --
Selected Bibliography / Alexander Baynes.
Responsibility: John Long [and others] ; reconstructions by Anne Musser.
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"Ancestral koalas, carnivorous kangaroos, rhinoceros-sized Diprotodons, bizarre 'thingadontans', marsupial lions, primitive bats, toothed baleen whales: The Prehistoric Mammals of Australia and New Guinea: One Hundred Million Years of Evolution is a lavishly illustrated and comprehensive reference work on the extinct mammals of ancient Australia and New Guinea." "This book includes: each mammal described in detail; information on discovery, evolution and classification; appearance and behaviour reconstructed from fossil evidence; technical physiological data; extensive bibliography by Alexander Baynes; 60 superb colour reconstructions by Anne Musser; 160 colour photographs; detailed illustrations of skeletal features and tooth structures."--Jacket.

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