Horns, tusks, and flippers : the evolution of hoofed mammals

by Prothero, Donald R.

Format: Print Book 2002
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Carnegie Museum of Natural History Mammals QL737.U4 P76 2002
Location  Carnegie Museum of Natural History
 
Collection  Mammals
 
Call Number  QL737.U4 P76 2002
 
 
Summary

Since the extinction of the dinosaurs, hoofed mammals have been the planet's dominant herbivores. Native to all continents except Australia and Antarctica, they include not only even-toed artiodactyls (pigs, hippos, camels, deer, antelopes, giraffes, sheep, goats, and cattle) and odd-toed perissodactyls (horses and rhinos), but also tethytheres (elephants and their aquatic relatives, manatees and seas cows) and cetaceans (whales and dolphins), which descended from hoofed land mammals. Recent paleontological and biological discoveries have deepened our understanding of their evolution and in some cases have made previous theories obsolete. In Horns, Tusks, and Flippers , Donald R. Prothero and Robert M. Schoch present a compelling new evolutionary history of these remarkable creatures, combining the latest scientific evidence with the most current information about their ecology and behavior.

Using an approach based on cladistics, the authors consider both living and extinct ungulates. Included in their discussion are the stories of rhinos, whose ancestors include both dinosaur-sized hornless species and hippo-like river waders; elephants, whose earliest ancestors had neither tusks nor trunks; and whales, whose descent from hoofed mesonychids has never properly been described for the lay audience. Prothero and Schoch also update the evolutionary history of the horse, correcting the frequent errors made in textbooks and popular works, and they make available to the general public new evidence about the evolution of camels, horned antelopes, and cattle. In addition, they raise important conservation issues and relate anecdotes of significant fossil finds.

Scientifically accurate and up to date, generously illustrated, and clearly written, Horns, Tusks, and Flippers is a useful and much-needed resource for specialists in the fields of paleontology, zoology, ecology, and evolutionary biology, as well as for general readers interested in learning more about the story of life on earth.

Contents
Cloven hooves
Tylopods
Where the deer and the antelope play
Hollow horns
A whale's tale
Out of Africa
The origin of Jumbo
Kingdom of ivory
A horse of a different color (and shape)
Equus
Thunder beasts
Proboscises and claws
Rhinoceroses without horns
Thundering to extinction.

Additional Information
Subjects Ungulates -- Evolution.
Ungulates, Fossil.
Elephants -- Evolution.
Cetacea -- Evolution.
Publisher Baltimore :Johns Hopkins University Press,2002
Contributors Schoch, Robert M.
Language English
Description ix, 311 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [297]-307) and index.
ISBN 0801871352 (alk. paper)
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