On Evolution And Fossil Mammals

Author: Björn Kurtén
ISBN: 9780231058681
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On Evolution And Fossil Mammals from the Author: Björn Kurtén. Assembles Kurtén's seminal papers in one volume, not only making them available once again but at the same time presenting a number of concepts and methodological innovations as they were first conceived.

The Origin And Evolution Of Mammals

Author: T. S. Kemp
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0198507615
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The Origin And Evolution Of Mammals from the Author: T. S. Kemp. Mammals are the dominant large animals of today, occurring in virtually every environment. This book is an account of the remarkable 320 million year long fossil record that documents their origin, their long spell as no more than small, nocturnal creatures, and their explosive radiation since the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Tom Kemp also unveils the exciting molecular evidence, which, coupled with important new fossils, is presently challenging current thinking on the interrelationships and historical biogeography of mammals. The Origin and Evolution of Mammals will be of interest to advanced undergraduate and graduate students as well as researchers in vertebrate palaeontology, biogeography, mammalian systematics and molecular taxonomy. It will also be welcomed by vertebrate fossil enthusiasts and evolutionary biologists of all levels with an interest in macroevolutionary problems.

Fossil Mammals Of Asia

Author: Xiaoming Wang
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231520824
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Fossil Mammals Of Asia from the Author: Xiaoming Wang. The first textbook devoted to the late Cenozoic (Neogene) mammalian biostratigraphy and geochronology of Asia, this volume deploys cutting edge biostratigraphical and geochemical dating methods to map the emergence of mammals across the continent. Written by specialists working in a variety of Asian regions, it uses data from many basins with spectacular fossil records to establish a groundbreaking geochronologic framework for land mammal evolution. Asia’s violent tectonic history has resulted in some of the world’s most varied topography, and its high mountain ranges and intense monsoon climates have spawned widely diverse environments over time. These geologic conditions profoundly influenced the evolution of Asian mammals and their migration into Europe, Africa, and North America. Focusing on amazing new fossil finds that have redefined Asia’s role in mammal evolution, this textbook synthesizes information from a range of field studies on Asian mammals and biostratigraphy, helping to trace the histories and movements of extinct and extant mammals from various major groups and all northern continents, and providing geologists from all disciplines with a richer understanding of a variety of Asia’s terrains.

Mesozoic And Tertiary Fossil Mammals And Birds Of Great Britain

Author: Michael J. Benton
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Mesozoic And Tertiary Fossil Mammals And Birds Of Great Britain from the Author: Michael J. Benton. Fossils are a key part of our natural heritage and a major scientific, educational and cultural resource. Mesozoic and Tertiary Fossil Mammals and Birds of Great Britain is the first volume of the GCR series dealing with mammal and bird fossils. Fossil mammals and birds have been found at many hundreds of localities in Britain, and there is a long history of collection and study, dating back to the earliest days of palaeontology. Many British specimens have been pivotal in major developments in the history of the sciences of palaeontology, comparative anatomy and evolution. British fossil mammal sites range through virtually the entire record of the group, from late Triassic (210 million years ago) to the present day. This volume of the GCR Series contains a description of around 30 representative sites, selected for the GCR for the Mesozoic-Tertiary part of the history of these vertebrates. The volume is a companion to the 'Pleistocene Mammals' GCR volume. The geology of each site is described along with the fauna, an interpretation and a comparison with other sites. The book allows, for the first time, the importance of British fossil mammals and birds to be fully appreciated.

Evolution Of Island Mammals

Author: Alexandra van der Geer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444391282
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Evolution Of Island Mammals from the Author: Alexandra van der Geer. Evolution on islands differs in a number of important ways from evolution on mainland areas. Over millions of years of isolation, exceptional and sometimes bizarre mammals evolved on islands, such as pig-sized elephants and hippos, giant rats and gorilla-sized lemurs that would have been formidable to their mainland ancestors. This timely and innovative book is the first to offer a much-needed synthesis of recent advances in the exciting field of the evolution and extinction of fossil insular placental mammals. It provides a comprehensive overview of current knowledge on fossil island mammals worldwide, ranging from the Oligocene to the onset of the Holocene. The book addresses evolutionary processes and key aspects of insular mammal biology, exemplified by a variety of fossil species. The authors discuss the human factor in past extinction events and loss of insular biodiversity. This accessible and richly illustrated textbook is written for graduate level students and professional researchers in evolutionary biology, palaeontology, biogeography, zoology, and ecology.

Mammals From The Age Of Dinosaurs

Author: Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231509278
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Mammals From The Age Of Dinosaurs from the Author: Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska. The fossil record on Mesozoic mammals has expanded by orders of magnitude over the past quarter century. New specimens, some of them breathtakingly complete, have been found in nearly all parts of the globe at a rapid pace. Coupled with the application of new scientific approaches and techniques, these exciting discoveries have led to profound changes in our interpretation of early mammal history. Mesozoic mammals have come into their own as a rich source of information for evolutionary biology. Their record of episodic, successive radiations speaks to the pace and mode of evolution. Early mammals were small, but they provide key information on the morphological transformations that led to modern mammals, including our own lineage of Placentalia. Significant and fast-evolving elements of the terrestrial biota for much of the Mesozoic, early mammals have played an increasingly important role in studies of paleoecology, faunal turnover, and historical biogeography. The record of early mammals occupies center stage for testing molecular evolutionary hypotheses on the timing and sequence of mammalian radiations. Organized according to phylogeny, this book covers all aspects of the anatomy, paleobiology, and systematics of all early mammalian groups, in addition to the extant mammalian lineages extending back into the Mesozoic.

Prehistoric Mammals Of Australia And New Guinea

Author: John A. Long
Publisher: UNSW Press
ISBN: 9780868404356
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Prehistoric Mammals Of Australia And New Guinea from the Author: John A. Long. This book is a comprehensive reference to the extinct mammals of Australia and New Guinea, including carnivorous kangaroos, the first koalas, huge Diprotodons, marsupial lions, ancient bats and rats, and marine mammals.

Late Cenozoic Yushe Basin Shanxi Province China Geology And Fossil Mammals

Author: Lawrence J. Flynn
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9402410503
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Late Cenozoic Yushe Basin Shanxi Province China Geology And Fossil Mammals from the Author: Lawrence J. Flynn. This volume focuses on small mammal fossils from extinct Asian faunas of about 1 to 7 million years ago in North China. These played a role in the emergence of vertebrate paleontology as a modern science in that country. This second volume of the sub-series Late Cenozoic Yushe Basin, Shanxi Province, China: Geology and Fossil Mammals in the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series deals with a rich microfauna fossil record; megafauna follow in subsequent volumes. This research on Yushe Basin fossils provides a view of changes in northeast Asian terrestrial faunas during the Late Neogene, and therefore is a key to the biochronology for a vast part of the continent. The faunas recovered by the multinational team working in this region represent changes in small mammal communities of the Yushe Basin, revealed on a finer time scale that has not been achieved previously. Detailed systematic studies on small mammal groups proceeded under the care of specialists are outlined in the chapters of this volume. Paleontologists, ecologists and evolutionary biologists will find this book appealing.