Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History
Columbia University Press, 2010 - Science - 219 pages
Xiaoming Wang and Richard H. Tedford have spent the past 20 years studying the evolutionary history of the family Canidae. Both are well known for having established the modern framework for the evolutionary relationship of canids. Combining their research with Mauricio Antón's impeccable reconstructions of both extinct and extant species, Wang and Tedford present a remarkably detailed and nuanced portrait of the origin and evolution of canids over the past 40 million years.
The authors cull their history from the most recent scientific research conducted on the vast collections of the American Museum of Natural History and other leading institutions. The fossil record of the Canidae, particularly those from their birth place in North America, are the strongest of their kind among known groups of carnivorans. Such a wonderfully detailed evolutionary history provides access to a natural history that is not possible with many other groups of carnivorans.
With their rich fossil record, diverse adaptations to various environments, and different predatory specializations, canids are an ideal model organism for the mapping of predator behavior and morphological specializations. They also offer an excellent contrast to felids, which remain entrenched in extreme predatory specializations. The innovative illustrated approach in this book is the perfect accompaniment to an extremely important branch of animal and fossil study. It transforms the science of paleontology into a thrilling visual experience and provides an unprecedented reference for anyone fascinated by dogs.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - echaika - LibraryThing
Beware! This is not "a breezy and highly engaging romp through the rich history of the Canidae." It is a difficult discussion of the millions of years of evolution that first produced a primitive ... Read full review
Review: Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary HistoryUser Review - David Shapiro - Goodreads
This book is pretty cool. The illustrations are really clear and well executed. The text is engaging and understandable. It's not light reading, but it sure is educational! Read full review