Beginning of the Age of Mammals

ISBN-10: 0801884721

ISBN-13: 9780801884726

Edition: 2006

Authors: Kenneth D. Rose
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Description: In the tradition of G. G. Simpson's classic work, Kenneth D. Rose's The Beginning of the Age of Mammals analyzes the events that occurred directly before and after the mysterious K-T boundary which so quickly thrust mammals from obscurity to planetary dominance. Rose surveys the evolution of mammals, beginning with their origin from cynodont therapsids in the Mesozoic, contemporary with dinosaurs, through the early Cenozoic, with emphasis on the Paleocene and Eocene adaptive radiations of therian mammals. Focusing on the fossil record, he presents the anatomical evidence used to interpret behavior and phylogenetic relationships. The life's work of one of the most knowledgeable researchers in the field, this richly illustrated, magisterial book combines sound scientific principles and meticulous research and belongs on the shelf of every paleontologist and mammalogist.

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Book details

List price: $178.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 9/26/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.344
Language: English

Kenneth D. Rose teaches at California State University and is author of American Women and the Repeal of Prohibition . 

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Early Cenozoic Mammalian Radiation
Timing of the Crown-Therian Radiation
Mammalian Phylogeny, Interrelationships, and Classification
Geochronology and Biochronology of the Early Cenozoic
Paleogeographic Setting During the Beginning of the Age of Mammals
Paleocene-Eocene Climate and Flora
Organization of the Volume
Mammalian Skeletal Structure and Adaptations
Skull
Dentition
Postcranial Skeleton
Skeletal Adaptations
The Origin of Mammals
What is a Mammal?
The Evolutionary Transition to Mammals
Synopsis of Mesozoic Mammal Evolution
Historical Background
The Oldest Mammals
Docodonta
Multituberculata
Eutriconodonta
Symmetrodonts
Eupantotheres
Tribosphenic Mammals
Mesozoic Mammals of Uncertain Affinity
Metatheria: Marsupials and Their Relatives
Basal Metatherians
Primitive Marsupials
Earliest Eutherian Mammals
Cimolesta
Didelphodonta and Other Primitive Cimolesta
Didymoconidae
Pantolesta
Apatotheria
Taeniodonta
Tillodontia
Pantodonta
Creodonta and Carnivora
Creodonta
Carnivora
Insectivora
Leptictida
Lipotyphla
Archonta: Bats, Dermopterans, Primates, and Tree Shrews
Chiroptera
Dermoptera
Primates and Plesiadapiformes
Scandentia
"Edentates:" Xenarthra and Pholidota
Xenarthra
Pholidota
Archaic Ungulates
Oldest Ungulate Relatives
Condylarthra: Archaic Ungulates
Arctostylopida
Meridiungulata: Endemic South American Ungulates
Dinocerata
Altungulata: Perissodactyls, Hyraxes, and Tethytheres
Perissodactyla
Paenungulata
Cete and Artiodactyla
Cete and Cetacea
Artiodactyla
Anagalida: Rodents, Lagomorphs, and Their Relatives
Primitive Asian Anagalidans and Possible Anagalidans
Macroscelidea
Glires
Reflections and Speculations on the Beginning of the Age of Mammals
Early Cenozoic Mammal Record
Synopsis of Paleocene and Eocene Mammals
A Final Note
Literature Cited
Index
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