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Horns, Tusks, and Flippers: The Evolution of Hoofed Mammals

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"A highly readable and enjoyable account full of historical anecdotes, scientific discovery, and biological detail." — Northeastern Naturalist A compelling new evolutionary history of these remarkable creatures, combining the latest scientific evidence with the most current information about their ecology and behavior.

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Prothero (Occidental College, Los Angeles) and Schoch (Boston U.) had done considerable research into the evolution of perissodactyls, and decided at some point that non-specialists might be interested in what was being talked about in the lecture halls and journals. They expanded their view to include the maritime relatives, whales and dolphins, as well as elephants. Both extinct and living species come under their view. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Since the extinction of the dinosaurs, hoofed mammals have been the planet's dominant herbivores. Native to all continents except Australia and Antarctica, they include not only even-toed artiodactyls (pigs, hippos, camels, deer, antelopes, giraffes, sheep, goats, and cattle) and odd-toed perissodactyls (horses and rhinos), but also tethytheres (elephants and their aquatic relatives, manatees and seas cows) and cetaceans (whales and dolphins), which descended from hoofed land mammals. Recent paleontological and biological discoveries have deepened our understanding of their evolution and in some cases have made previous theories obsolete. In Horns, Tusks, and Flippers, Donald R. Prothero and Robert M. Schoch present a compelling new evolutionary history of these remarkable creatures, combining the latest scientific evidence with the most current information about their ecology and behavior.

Using an approach based on cladistics, the authors consider both living and extinct ungulates. Included in their discussion are the stories of rhinos, whose ancestors include both dinosaur-sized hornless species and hippo-like river waders; elephants, whose earliest ancestors had neither tusks nor trunks; and whales, whose descent from hoofed mesonychids has never properly been described for the lay audience. Prothero and Schoch also update the evolutionary history of the horse, correcting the frequent errors made in textbooks and popular works, and they make available to the general public new evidence about the evolution of camels, horned antelopes, and cattle. In addition, they raise important conservation issues and relate anecdotes of significant fossil finds.

Scientifically accurate and up to date, generously illustrated, and clearly written, Horns, Tusks, and Flippers is a useful and much-needed resource for specialists in the fields of paleontology, zoology, ecology, and evolutionary biology, as well as for general readers interested in learning more about the story of life on earth.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [297]-307).

Table of Contents

Cloven hooves — Tylopods — Where the deer and the antelope play — Hollow horns — A whale's tale — Out of Africa — The origin of jumbo — Kingdom of ivory — A horse of a different color (and shape) — Equus — Thunder beasts — Proboscises and claws — Rhinoceroses without horns — Thundering to extinction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801871351
Author:
Prothero, Donald R.
Author:
Schoch, Robert M.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Elephants
Subject:
Cetacea
Subject:
Ungulates
Subject:
Ungulates, Fossil
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Cetacea -- Evolution.
Subject:
Ungulates - Evolution
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Subject:
Paleontology
Subject:
Nature Studies-Mammals
Series Volume:
#8
Publication Date:
20030231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
11.90x8.76x1.03 in. 2.12 lbs.

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Product details 384 pages Johns Hopkins University Press - English 9780801871351 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Since the extinction of the dinosaurs, hoofed mammals have been the planet's dominant herbivores. Native to all continents except Australia and Antarctica, they include not only even-toed artiodactyls (pigs, hippos, camels, deer, antelopes, giraffes, sheep, goats, and cattle) and odd-toed perissodactyls (horses and rhinos), but also tethytheres (elephants and their aquatic relatives, manatees and seas cows) and cetaceans (whales and dolphins), which descended from hoofed land mammals. Recent paleontological and biological discoveries have deepened our understanding of their evolution and in some cases have made previous theories obsolete. In Horns, Tusks, and Flippers, Donald R. Prothero and Robert M. Schoch present a compelling new evolutionary history of these remarkable creatures, combining the latest scientific evidence with the most current information about their ecology and behavior.

Using an approach based on cladistics, the authors consider both living and extinct ungulates. Included in their discussion are the stories of rhinos, whose ancestors include both dinosaur-sized hornless species and hippo-like river waders; elephants, whose earliest ancestors had neither tusks nor trunks; and whales, whose descent from hoofed mesonychids has never properly been described for the lay audience. Prothero and Schoch also update the evolutionary history of the horse, correcting the frequent errors made in textbooks and popular works, and they make available to the general public new evidence about the evolution of camels, horned antelopes, and cattle. In addition, they raise important conservation issues and relate anecdotes of significant fossil finds.

Scientifically accurate and up to date, generously illustrated, and clearly written, Horns, Tusks, and Flippers is a useful and much-needed resource for specialists in the fields of paleontology, zoology, ecology, and evolutionary biology, as well as for general readers interested in learning more about the story of life on earth.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [297]-307).
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