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Ungulate Taxonomy Hardcover – November 15, 2011
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"Groves and Grubb have produced the first major revision of hoofed mammals since Richard Lydekker's contributions nearly 100 years ago... Their collaborative volume will likely represent the authoritative classification of ungulates well into the future, possible for the next 100 years."(Choice)
"Groves and Grubb have written THE book about ungulate taxonomy, which will be the benchmark and reference for the next years."(Journal of the Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations)
"An important contribution to ungulate taxonomy written by two well-published and highly regarded authors. It should be purchased by any mammalogist or evolutionary biologist interested in ungulates for his or her library."(Roger D. Applegate Journal of Mammology)
"[Ungulate Taxonomy] will become a reference base for future studies and it is a pleasant book to handle."(A.W. Gentry Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society)
"Ungulate Taxonomy is a unique and significant contribution to the literature."(Steve Demarais Journal of Wildlife Management)
About the Author
Colin Groves is a professor of biological anthropology at Australian National University and the author of Primate Taxonomy. Peter Grubb was an English zoologist who, until his death in December 2006, was widely recognized as the world’s leading ungulate taxonomist.
- Publisher : Johns Hopkins University Press; 1st edition (November 15, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1421400936
- ISBN-13 : 978-1421400938
- Item Weight : 1.85 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.95 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,390,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To give an example of some of the revisions, there is now one more species of rhinoceros that we had envisioned (the northern white rhino) and there are now eight species of giraffes instead of one.
This book uses both the latest in DNA evidence as well as traditional morphological data. The morphological data is in some area the first time this information has been published (being taken from the massive files and notes of the late Peter Grubb).
Some people will find some of the information hard to swallow as it can be so revolutionary, but when Groves did the same thing with primate taxonomy in 2001, his findings were quickly adopted by the majority of scientists.
Bovidae has had the largest revision with nearly double the number of species previously accepted. These new findings are also the basis for the Bovidae chapter in the recent Handbook of Mammals of the World vol. 2. Both of these books together will give a better understanding of the massive changes that have happened.
The only drawback to this book is the lack of charts, diagrams, and maps. The only charts present are tables of morphologic data in the form of skull measurements. Exact localities are hard to pinpoint. Phylogenetic trees are completely absent and would be most welcome if a 2nd edition were to ever be done. A phylogenetic tree would be most handy in explaining why the genus Tragelaphus has been split into 5 different genera.
No doubt, this book will spur endless debates, but its main goal it to elucidate how diverse the ungulate world really is and to give a better starting point for the conservation of significant populations heretofore neglected.