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On the Prowl is a superb book, both enjoyable and instructive. I’m greatly impressed with the huge amount of data that Hallett and Harris have collected and presented in a most readable manner. The complex evolutionary history and relationships of the cats will keep researchers arguing for years. -- George Schaller, senior conservationist, Wildlife Conservation Society, and author of The Serengeti Lion: A Study of Predator-Prey Relations

On the Prowl brings together biological and paleontological research related to the origins and history of the big cats, with an original emphasis on Asiatic data, paying homage to their majesty, dignity, and beauty. Mark Hallett’s artwork has succeeded brilliantly in capturing their inner spirit and character, their vulnerability and vitality. This book will serve the noble goals of making people aware of the fragility of ecosystems and revealing the moral obligation to preserve and protect extant species. -- Christine Argot, research professor and curator of collections, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle

Hallett and Harris guide the reader on a 20-million-year tour of predator and prey evolution, using environmental change as an engine for adaptation and extinction. The narrative is engaging, spiked with a touch of controversy, and supported by superb illustrations. For those interested in the evolutionary origins of big cats, On the Prowl would be a valuable addition to your library. -- Christopher Shaw, Idaho Museum of Natural History

[An] erudite study of big cats. ― Nature

About the Author

Mark Hallett is a naturalist, scientific artist, and author who specializes in prehistoric animals and their environments. His art and writing have appeared in Life, Smithsonian, and National Geographic. He is coauthor of Seismosaurus: The Earth Shaker (Columbia, 1994) and The Sauropod Dinosaurs: Life in the Age of Giants (2016), among other works.

John M. Harris is chief curator emeritus at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and visiting associate in geology at the California Institute of Technology. He is coeditor of Laetoli: A Pliocene Site in Tanzania (1987) and Lothagam: The Dawn of Humanity in Eastern Africa (Columbia, 2013).

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Columbia University Press (June 2, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0231184506
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0231184502
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.57 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.5 x 1 x 10.25 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding In Depth Reference on the Pantera
By H. Todd Wheeler on March 5, 2021
I have been able to read enough of it to know how good it is, Since I bought the Kindle version 3 days ago I am still trying to get it delivered. Likely I will get the hard copy before the Kindle actually downloads. I have tried loading the free software; which works perfectly for Ross Barnett's Missing Lynx which isn't missing since I bought the U.K. version. I have the hard copy, but the digital copy is well worth the modest price. On a reference this good the search, easy access on my laptop, and ability to find any comment easily are great. I also have Merriam & Stock, and Werdelin's Smilodon: Iconic Sabertooth.. On the Prowl, will be one to have in both versions, if the Kindle comes through. On the Prowl has indexing, glossary and hyperlinks that make it easy to find any detail or figure at will. It is so detailed it would be impossible to remember it all. It is a book to read once, and go back to any extant or extinct Panthera as the occasion warrants.

This is an essential reference for anyone who is serious about big cats, fossil or otherwise. It also is full of the entry level nomenclature for anyone starting from scratch. I am really looking forward to having my own copy, and also the Kindle version if the delivery ever works. It says my reader is not compatible and to buy a new one or download the free version. I have done that 5 times and it isn't working. If it requires a unique device, it seems easier to just use the print version.
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