Evolution of Tertiary Mammals of North America: Volume 1, Terrestrial Carnivores, Ungulates, and Ungulate Like Mammals: Terrestrial Carnivores, Ungulates, and Ungulate Like Mammals v. 1 Paperback – Illustrated, 15 Sept. 2010
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- Paperback : 708 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0521619688
- ISBN-13 : 978-0521619684
- Product Dimensions : 20.96 x 4.06 x 27.94 cm
- Publisher : Cambridge University Press; Illustrated Edition (15 Sept. 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,859,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It provides a systematic revision of all (including volume 2 as well) taxa of Tertiary North American mammals down to genus level; describing their distinguishing features and their localities, as well as synonymous taxa (the oreodont synanoms are particularly proliferant) and included species. Each chapter deals with an order or family of mammals (depending on the level of diversity); providing the relationshipts of the clade to others and relationships within that clade. At the end of each chapter is a section on evolutionary trends and palaeobiology.
A large number of contributors have taken part in the production of the book; but the format is very well standardised. There is some variation in the level of detail in each chapter; with the Nimravid and Felid systematic sections being dissapointingly thin (I would have liked more discussion of the essential tympanic bulla anatomy), yet with an interesting and valuable discussion on paleobiology and evolutionary trends; and the Amphicyonid chapter being very extensive and thorough.
The illustrations are not as numerous as I had hoped initially, but they are sufficiant to allow for referance when reading about the key features of the taxa and the reconstructions by Brian Regal are origional and skillful.
All in all a fantastic pair of books; especially for reference. I only have the first volume and am halfway through it; when i've recovered I'll probably give volume 2 a go!