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Forerunners of Mammals: Radiation Histology Biology (Life of the Past) Hardcover – November 18, 2011
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"Forerunners of Mammals will take interested readers beyond the classic jaw-to-ear appreciation of therapsids, towards a deeper appreciation of the ancestry of mammals." ―Journal of Mammalian Evolution
The evolutionary lineage that eventually led to mammals split off from the rest of the tetrapods soon after vertebrates dragged themselves out of the water. This book uses a combination of in-depth literature reviews and original research to trace the rise of mammals from these earliest origins. Specifically, the authors use detailed analyses of the microstructure of fossilized bones to follow the transition from reptilian synapsids to the familiar warm-blooded creatures of today. The book relates fine osteological anatomy to the distribution, ecology, physiology, and behavior of mammalian ancestors. Forerunners of Mammals is full of meticulous detail... However, it also contains a number of excellently rendered illustrations of some of the animals covered in the book, and the final chapter is a discussion of the evolution of endothermy that anyone with a background in biology might find of interest. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. --ChoiceJ. L. Hunt, University of Arkansas--Monticello, July 2012
"Forerunners of Mammals is full of meticulous detail... [I]t also contains a number of excellently rendered illustrations of some of the animals covered in the book, and the final chapter is a discussion of the evolution of endothermy that anyone with a background in biology might find of interest.... Recommended." ―Choice
"This volume represents a state-of-the-art contribution to our understanding of the paleobiology
of how mammals arose, and what factors contributed to their evolutionary radiation and eventual
success. It is highly recommended for anyone interested in these topics, and will be accessible to
readers with minimal background in bone histology and synapsid paleontology." ―Quarterly Review of Biology
"[T]he authors of Forerunners of Mammals have assembled a tremendous amount of information in both paleontology and paleohistology, and the book deserves very serious consideration and appreciation." ―Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
"Ever since Nick Hotton's book from the 1980s we have needed an update on the biology of therapsids, and it has been Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan and her students and associates who through their bone histological work have made the greatest progress in this field." ―Martin Sander, Steinmann Institute, University of Bonn
About the Author
Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan is a paleobiologist and global expert on fossil bone microstructure. She is Professor and Fellow of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and is former director of the National History Collections, Iziko Museums of Cape Town. She is author of The Microstructure of Dinosaur Bone: Deciphering Biology through Fine Scale Analysis and Famous Dinosaurs of Africa.
Top Customer Reviews
There is room for a book that does speak to the title of this book, Perhaps someone will write it.
This is involved scholarship, and frankly I wish that we see more of its kind in dealing with other evolutionary topics. Worth the price, and deserving of a five-star rating.
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The book explains in detail about the evolution of the mammal-like reptiles (yes, there were such things) up to mammals. Read morePublished on October 20, 2013 by REDD