Evolving Eden

Author: Alan Turner
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780231119450
Size: 45.16 MB
Format: PDF
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Evolving Eden. Linking the evidence of the past with that of the present, this exquisitely illustrated guide examines the evolution of the mammalian fauna of Africa within the context of dramatic changes over the course of more than 30 million years of primate presence. The book covers such topics as dating, continental drift, climate change, and both the physical evolution of the African continent and the biological evolution of its mammalian fauna.Restorations of the musculature of mammals and their appearance take into account the affinities between fossil forms and extant species in order to make well-founded inferences about unpreserved animal attributes. Environmental reconstructions benefit from the authors' visits to more than a dozen wildlife preserves in five African countries as well as the use of an extensive database of published studies on the evolution of landscapes on the continent. A detailed and engaging volume, Evolving Eden discusses human evolution as a part of the larger pattern of mammalian evolution while responding to the unique interest that we have for our own past.

Cats Of Africa

Author: Luke Hunter
Publisher: Struik
ISBN: 177007063X
Size: 60.66 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Cats Of Africa. A stunning coffee-table book that will examine all the members of the cat family - big and small - throughout Africa. Luke Hunter's text will explore the lives of cats in unprecedented depth, and will compare and contrast all African species - concentrating on the big three - lions, leopards and cheetah - illustrating how this family succeed at being super-predators. The text will examine the different habitats cats occupy, adaptations they require, their social and reproductive lives, and how they hunt. It will also explore their stormy relationship with people. Gerald Hinde's superb photography will support the narrative.

The Princeton Field Guide To Prehistoric Mammals

Author: Donald R. Prothero
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400884454
Size: 52.62 MB
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The Princeton Field Guide To Prehistoric Mammals. After the mass extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, mammals became the dominant terrestrial life form on our planet. Roaming the earth were spectacular beasts such as saber-toothed cats, giant mastodonts, immense ground sloths, and gigantic giraffe-like rhinoceroses. Here is the ultimate illustrated field guide to the lost world of these weird and wonderful prehistoric creatures. A woolly mammoth probably won't come thundering through your vegetable garden any time soon. But if one did, this would be the book to keep on your windowsill next to the binoculars. It covers all the main groups of fossil mammals, discussing taxonomy and evolutionary history, and providing concise accounts of the better-known genera and species as well as an up-to-date family tree for each group. No other book presents such a wealth of new information about these animals—what they looked like, how they behaved, and how they were interrelated. In addition, this unique guide is stunningly illustrated throughout with full-color reconstructions of these beasts—many never before depicted—along with photographs of amazing fossils from around the world. Provides an up-to-date guidebook to hundreds of extinct species, from saber-toothed cats to giant mammoths Features a wealth of color illustrations, including new reconstructions of many animals never before depicted Demonstrates evolution in action—such as how whales evolved from hoofed mammals and how giraffes evolved from creatures with short necks Explains how mass extinctions and climate change affected mammals, including why some mammals grew so huge

Dogs

Author: Xiaoming Wang
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231135297
Size: 14.55 MB
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Dogs. Xiaoming Wang and Richard H. Tedford combine their research with Mauricio Ant?n's impeccable reconstructions to present a remarkable portrait of canids over the past 40 million years. Wang and Tedford cull their history from the most recent scientific research conducted on the vast collections of the American Museum of Natural History and other leading institutions. With their rich fossil record, diverse adaptations to various environments, and different predatory specializations, canids are an ideal model organism for the mapping of predator behavior and morphological specializations. They also offer an excellent contrast to felids, which remain entrenched in extreme predatory specializations. The innovative illustrated approach of this book transforms the science of paleontology into a thrilling visual experience, and it forms the perfect accompaniment to an extremely important branch of animal and fossil study.

The Complete Ice Age

Author: Brian M. Fagan
Publisher:
ISBN:
Size: 10.96 MB
Format: PDF
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The Complete Ice Age. "In this book, leading scientists weave a compelling story out of the most up-to-date discoveries in different fields of Ice Age research." "As the glaciers melted 10,000 years ago, our ancestors faced a staggering sea-level rise of 120 metres, far in excess of the relatively modest rise predicted for the 21st century. The final chapter issues a stark warning about the future of our planet and the consequences of our profligate lifestyles." "Magnificently illustrated with dramatic landscape photography, fossil remains of our ancestors and Ice Age beasts, and specially commissioned explanatory diagrams, The Complete Ice Age shows both the fragility of our climate system and the power of humans to adapt to the most extreme environmental challenges."--BOOK JACKET.