Dogs Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History
Human beings' unique friendship with dogs has been a subject of symbolic and poetic interest for centuries, from Homer's portrayal of the faithful Argos in the Odysseyto John Steinbeck's Travels with Charleyand the recent New York Times best seller More...
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Human beings' unique friendship with dogs has been a subject of symbolic and poetic interest for centuries, from Homer's portrayal of the faithful Argos in the Odysseyto John Steinbeck's Travels with Charleyand the recent New York Times best seller Marley Me. Now readers can enjoy a scientific portrait of the long and complex history of this interesting group of carnivores and how they became our best friends through a long line of descent. Dogs: Their Fossil Ancestors and Evolutionary Historyis a comprehensive, vivid account of the origin and evolution of canids-including wolves, foxes, coyotes, and wild dogs-from their common ancestors more than 40 million years ago. Xiaoming Wang, who has spent the past twenty years studying the evolutionary history of the family Canidae, and Richard H. Tedford, who laid down the modern framework of the evolutionary relationship of canids, pore over a wealth of fossil and molecular evidence to rebuild a fascinating history of adaptation, succession, and domestication. The authors capture the excitement of these recent discoveries and show how they explain canids' complex social behaviors, diverse adaptations to various environments, and predatory specializations over time. Mauricio Antn's exceptional reconstructions of both extinct and extant species are unparalleled in their anatomical detail and turn the science of paleontology into an exciting visual experience. Accessibly written while scientifically rich, this book is an unprecedented reference for anyone who has a deep fascination with man's best friend.
Xiaoming Wang is a curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. With Richard H. Tedford, he has published three volumes on the fossil canids from North America. Richard H. Tedford is curator emeritus in the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. Mauricio Antï¿½n is a paleontological artist based at the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid. His collaborations include Mammoths, Sabertooths, and Hominids(with Jordi Agustï¿½) and, with Alan Turner, The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relativesand Evolving Eden.
Mauricio Antï¿½n is an artist and scientific illustrator based at the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid. His work has appeared in numerous scientific publications, including the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.Alan Turner is a paleontologist and reader in vertebrate paleontology in the School of Biological and Earth Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University and is a former senior curator of paleontology at the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria, South Africa.
|Methods of Study and the Place of Dogs in Nature|
|The Origin of Canids and Other Doglike Carnivorous Mammals|
|Diversity: Who Is Who in the Dog Family|
|Anatomy and Function: How the Parts Work|
|Hunting and Social Activity|
|Changing Environments and Canid Evolution|
|Going Places: Braving New Worlds|
|Canid Species and Classification|
|Phylogenetic Tree of the Family Canidae|