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"A fascinating window into the development of the field... The perspective of an individual at the center of these developments is captivating, informative, and has never before been published... An excellent starting point for any student interested in this field and for laymen interested in the path of scientific discovery." Gregory P. Wilson, University of Washington"

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Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska, Professor Emerita at the Institute of Pa-leobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, is a world-renowned specialist on Mesozoic mammals. She is author of Hunting for Dinosaurs and (with R. L. Cifelli and Z.-X. Luo) Mammals from the Age of Dinosaurs: Origins, Evolution, and Structure. Between 1963 and 1971, Kielan-Jaworowska organized eight paleontological expeditions to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. These expeditions assembled an impressive collec-tion of dinosaurs and Cretaceous mammals. Her research has focused on the study of the detailed structure of the brain and musculature of early mammals and their evolutionary relationships."

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Good update to 2004 book 23 Aug. 2013
By PETER M BROWN - Published on
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Much easier to read and to follow than _Mammals in the Age of Dinosaurs_. Information on paleontology and the history of discovery are not well integrated, however. The nearly complete omission of discoveries prior to 1930 yields an unbalanced treatment.
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In Pursuit of Early Mammals 9 April 2014
By Edmond Schmolke - Published on
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The literature on Mammal life from the Age of Dinosaurs is lacking,however several good works have been published in recent years by superbly qualified authors of which Jaworowska is probably the best of the lot. This book is her second on the subject and updates information on mammals of the Triassic,Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods in detail. Photos and drawings are also in abundance. If you are interested in Dinosaurs and their world, this volume will help you to understand about their furry contemperaries none of which reached a size larger than a possum.
...a technical book...the wrap-around jacket diorama has no counterparts inside the book 11 May 2015
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This is & perhaps has to be,a technical book; the best customers probably are those who are entranced by the origin of mammals, not just the more general topic of vertebrates or tetrapods. Not much of a story line here, except about paleontologists. Great book for serious students.
If you are a regular Amazon customer you should, if in doubt as to whether to buy, look at some of the pages from the book Amazon allows you to sample---Perhaps,especially, the last chapter: Search for "diversification" in the last chapter, around pages 219+.
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