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The Princeton field guide to prehistoric mammals

Author: Donald R Prothero; Mary Persis Williams
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After the mass extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, mammals became the dominant terrestrial life form on our planet. Roaming the earth were spectacular beasts such as saber-toothed cats, giant mastodonts, immense ground sloths, and gigantic giraffe-like rhinoceroses. This book is an illustrated field guide to the lost world of these prehistoric creatures. It covers all the main groups of fossil mammals,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Illustrated works
Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald R Prothero; Mary Persis Williams
ISBN: 9780691156828 0691156824
OCLC Number: 948560881
Description: 240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: 1. The age of mammals --
2. The origin and early evolution of mammals --
3. Marsupials : pouched mammals --
4. Placental mammals (Eutheria) --
5. Xenarthra : sloths, anteaters, and armadillos --
6. Afrotheria : elephants, hyraxes, sea cows, aardvarks, and their relatives --
7. Euarchontoglires : Euarchonta. Primates, tree shrews, and colugos --
8. Euarchontoglires : Glires. Rodents and lagomorphs --
9. Laurasiatheria : insectivores. Order Eulipotyphla and other insectivorous mammals --
10. Laurasiatheria : Chiroptera. Bats --
11. Laurasiatheria : Pholidota. Pangolins, or "scaly anteaters" --
12. Laurasiatheria : Carnivora and Creodonta. Predatory mammals --
13. Laurasiatheria : Ungulata. Hoofed mammals and their relatives --
14. Laurasiatheria : Artiodactyla. "Even-toed" hoofed mammals : pigs, hippos, whales, camels, ruminants, and their extinct relatives --
15. Laurasiatheria : Perissodactyla. "Odd-toed" hoofed mammals : horses, rhinos, tapirs, and their extinct relatives --
16. Laurasiatheria : Meridiungulata. South American hoofed mammals --
17. Uintatheres, pantodonts, taeniodonts, and tillodonts --
18. Mammalian evolution and extinction.
Other Titles: Field guide to prehistoric mammals
Prehistoric mammals
Responsibility: Donald R. Prothero ; with illustrations by Mary Persis Williams.

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After the mass extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, mammals became the dominant terrestrial life form on our planet. Roaming the earth were spectacular beasts such as saber-toothed cats, giant mastodonts, immense ground sloths, and gigantic giraffe-like rhinoceroses. This book is an illustrated field guide to the lost world of these prehistoric creatures. It covers all the main groups of fossil mammals, discussing taxonomy and evolutionary history, and providing concise accounts of the better-known genera and species as well as an up-to-date family tree for each group. Illustrated throughout with full-color reconstructions and photographs of fossils from around the world.

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