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""Nobody is better suited or more qualified to summarize how research on early mammal evolution has made its numerous breakthroughs than Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska. No one alive has had her kind of long and rich experience and her very diverse collaborations with scientists worldwide.... In my view, in the whole area of studies on Mesozoic mammal evolution for the past 100 years, only the late American paleontologist George Gaylord Simpson would be her equal."" --Zhe-Xi Luo, Carnegie Museum of Natural History--Zhe-Xi Luo, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

""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--Gregory P. Wilson, University of Washington

Nobody is better suited or more qualified to summarize how research on early mammal evolution has made its numerous breakthroughs than Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska. No one alive has had her kind of long and rich experience and her very diverse collaborations with scientists worldwide.... In my view, in the whole area of studies on Mesozoic mammal evolution for the past 100 years, only the late American paleontologist George Gaylord Simpson would be her equal.--Zhe-Xi Luo, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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

"Nobody is better suited or more qualified to summarize how research on early mammal evolution has made its numerous breakthroughs than Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska. No one alive has had her kind of long and rich experience and her very diverse collaborations with scientists worldwide.... In my view, in the whole area of studies on Mesozoic mammal evolution for the past 100 years, only the late American paleontologist George Gaylord Simpson would be her equal." Zhe-Xi Luo, Carnegie Museum of Natural History"

"Mesozoic mammal fossils are the focus of this fascinating book, which reviews both the fossils themselves and the history of their discovery. Paleontologist Kielan-Jaworowska... is uniquely qualified to synthesize the state of this field with its history; she has worked with various international collaborators for 50 years... Highly recommended." Choice, reviewing a previous edition or volume"

"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"

"Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska provides a thorough review of the current state of early mammalian paleontology presented through the unique historical filter of someone who was at the foremost of the field for over half a century." "

"Part textbook, part personal narrative, this book succeeds in blending genres because of the warmth of the author. Whether she s talking about how mammals evolved their distinctive ear bones, or how she built a cabin out of plywood during a particularly cold field season in the Gobi, you know that a remarkable, passionate person is telling a story of science and adventure in her own words." Priscum"

About the Author

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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa247f63c) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0xa22ebd80) out of 5 stars Good update to 2004 book 23 Aug. 2013
By PETER M BROWN - Published on Amazon.com
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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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HASH(0xa2327fcc) out of 5 stars In Pursuit of Early Mammals 9 April 2014
By Edmond Schmolke - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
HASH(0xa2327f18) out of 5 stars ...a technical book...the wrap-around jacket diorama has no counterparts inside the book 11 May 2015
By Diotima - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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+.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2328ce4) out of 5 stars who's who in pursuit of ancient mammals 15 Jun. 2015
By Robert Chiczewski - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is basically a diary of the author's and her colleagues' travels in pursuit of early mammals. Unless you are interested in an archaeologists' who's who, there is very little info on early mammal life in the past.
I do not reccomend this book.
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