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Dogs Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History

ISBN-10: 0231135289
ISBN-13: 9780231135283
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 7/3/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 232
Size: 3.50" wide x 10.24" long x 0.78" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

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 Ant�n is a paleontological artist based at the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid. His collaborations include Mammoths, Sabertooths, and Hominids(with Jordi Agust�) and, with Alan Turner, The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relativesand Evolving Eden.

Jordi Agust� is ICREA Research Professor at the Institut de Paleoecologia Humana in Tarragona, Spain. He is a prominent specialist in fossil mammalian faunas of Europe, having conducted a number of European projects as well as field campaigns in Spain, Georgia, and northern Africa.Mauricio Ant�n is a paleontological artist based at the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid. His work has appeared in National Geographicand Natural History. He has collaborated with the Discovery Channel and the BBC, most recently for the program "Sabretooth" and the series Walking with Prehistoric Beasts.

Preface
Acknowledgments
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
Domestic Dogs
Canid Species and Classification
Phylogenetic Tree of the Family Canidae
Glossary
Further Reading
Index

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