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Horns, tusks, and flippers : the evolution of hoofed mammals

Author: Donald R Prothero; Robert M Schoch
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.
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"Using an approach based on cladistics, the authors consider both living and extinct ungulates. Included in their discussion are the stories of rhinos, whose ancestors include dinosaur-sized hornless species and hippo-like river waders; elephants, whose earliest ancestors had neither tusks nor trunks; and whales, whose descent from hoofed mesonychids has never properly been described for the lay audience. Prothero  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald R Prothero; Robert M Schoch
ISBN: 0801871352 9780801871351
OCLC Number: 49681344
Description: ix, 311 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: Cloven hooves --
Tylopods --
Where the deer and the antelope play --
Hollow horns --
A whale's tale --
Out of Africa --
The origin of jumbo --
Kingdom of ivory --
A horse of a different color (and shape) --
Equus --
Thunder beasts --
Proboscises and claws --
Rhinoceroses without horns --
Thundering to extinction.
Responsibility: Donald R. Prothero and Robert M. Schoch.
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Scientifically accurate and up to date, generously illustrated, and clearly written, Horns, Tusks, and Flippers is a useful and much-needed resource for specialists in the fields of paleontology,  Read more...

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