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The Life of Mammals

The Life of Mammals

  • Author: David Attenborough
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 0563534230
  • Category: Mammals
  • Page: 320
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A fascinating and complete insight into the group of animals to which we ourselves belong. David Attenborough introduces us to the most diverse group of animals ever to live on the Earth, from the smallest - the two-inch pygmy shrew, to the largest - the blue whale. The Life of Mammals is the story of 4,000 species which have outlived the dinosaurs and conquered the farthest places on earth.

Forerunners of Mammals

Forerunners of Mammals

Radiation • Histology • Biology

  • Author: Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • ISBN: 0253005337
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 352
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About 320 million years ago a group of reptiles known as the synapsids emerged and forever changed Earth’s ecological landscapes. This book discusses the origin and radiation of the synapsids from their sail-backed pelycosaur ancestor to their diverse descendants, the therapsids or mammal-like reptiles, that eventually gave rise to mammals. It further showcases the remarkable evolutionary history of the synapsids in the Karoo Basin of South Africa and the environments that existed at the time. By highlighting studies of synapsid bone microstructure, it offers a unique perspective of how such studies are utilized to reconstruct various aspects of biology, such as growth dynamics, biomechanical function, and the attainment of sexual and skeletal maturity. A series of chapters outline the radiation and phylogenetic relationships of major synapsid lineages and provide direct insight into how bone histological analyses have led to an appreciation of these enigmatic animals as once-living creatures. The penultimate chapter examines the early radiation of mammals from their nonmammalian cynodont ancestors, and the book concludes by engaging the intriguing question of when and where endothermy evolved among the therapsids.

In Pursuit of Early Mammals

In Pursuit of Early Mammals

  • Author: Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • ISBN: 0253008247
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 272
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In Pursuit of Early Mammals presents the history of the mammals that lived during the Mesozoic era, the time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, and describes their origins, anatomy, systematics, paleobiology, and distribution. It also tells the story of the author, a world-renowned specialist on these animals, and the other prominent paleontologists who have studied them. Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska was the first woman to lead large-scale paleontological expeditions, including eight to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, which brought back important collections of dinosaur, early mammal, and other fossils. She shares the difficulties and pleasures encountered in finding rare fossils and describes the changing views on early mammals made possible by these discoveries.

After the Dinosaurs

After the Dinosaurs

The Age of Mammals

  • Author: Donald R. Prothero
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780253347336
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 362
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Perhaps nudged over the evolutionary cliff by a giant boloid striking the earth, the incredible and fascinating group of animals called dinosaurs became extinct some 65 million years ago (except for their feathered descendants). In their place evolved an enormous variety of land creatures, especially the mammals, which in their way were every bit as remarkable as their Mesozoic cousins. The Age of Mammals, the Cenozoic Era, has never had its Jurassic Park, but it was an amazing time in earth's history, populated by a wonderful assortment of bizarre animals. The rapid evolution of thousands of species of mammals brought forth gigantic hornless rhinos, sabertooth cats, mastodonts and mammoths, and many other creatures--including our own ancestors. Their story is part of a larger story of a world emerging from the greenhouse conditions of the Mesozoic, warming up dramatically about 55 million years ago, and then cooling rapidly so that 33 million years ago the glacial ice returned. The earth's vegetation went through equally dramatic changes, from tropical jungles in Montana and forests at the poles, to grasslands and savannas across the entire world. Life in the sea also underwent striking evolution reflecting global climate change, including the emergence of such creatures as giant sharks, seals, sea lions, dolphins, and whales. After the Dinosaurs is a book for everyone who has an abiding fascination with the remarkable life of the past.

Megafauna

Megafauna

Giant Beasts of Pleistocene South America

  • Author: Richard A. Fariña,Sergio F. Vizcaíno,Gerry De Iuliis
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • ISBN: 0253007194
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 448
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More than 10,000 years ago spectacularly large mammals roamed the pampas and jungles of South America. This book tells the story of these great beasts during and just after the Pleistocene, the geological epoch marked by the great ice ages. Megafauna describes the history and way of life of these animals, their comings and goings, and what befell them at the beginning of the modern era and the arrival of humans. It places these giants within the context of the other mammals then alive, describing their paleobiology—how they walked; how much they weighed; their diets, behavior, biomechanics; and the interactions among them and with their environment. It also tells the stories of the scientists who contributed to our discovery and knowledge of these transcendent creatures and the environment they inhabited. The episode known as the Great American Biotic Interchange, perhaps the most important of all natural history "experiments," is also an important theme of the book, tracing the biotic events of both North and South America that led to the fauna and the ecosystems discussed in this book.

The Moral Lives of Animals

The Moral Lives of Animals

  • Author: Dale Peterson
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 1608193462
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 352
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A provocative and brilliantly original exploration of what morality means, and what animals can teach us about it.

The Secret Lives of Bats

The Secret Lives of Bats

My Adventures with the World's Most Misunderstood Mammals

  • Author: Merlin Tuttle
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 0544382277
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 288
  • View: 429
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A lifetime of adventures with bats around the world reveals why these special and imperiled creatures should be protected rather than feared. From menacing moonshiners and armed bandits to charging elephants and man-eating tigers, Merlin Tuttle has stopped at nothing to find and protect bats on every continent they inhabit. Enamored of bats ever since discovering a colony in a cave as a boy, Tuttle saw how effective photography could be in persuading people not to fear bats, and he has spent his career traveling the world to document them. Few people realize how sophisticated and intelligent bats are. Tuttle shares research showing that frog-eating bats can identify frogs by their calls, that vampire bats have a social order similar to that of primates, and that bats have remarkable memories. Bats also provide enormous benefits by eating crop pests, pollinating plants, and carrying seeds needed for reforestation. They save farmers billions of dollars annually and are essential to a healthy planet. Sharing highlights from a lifetime of adventure and discovery, Tuttle takes us to the frontiers of bat research and conservation and forever changes the way we see these poorly understood yet fascinating creatures.

Mammoths, Sabertooths, and Hominids

Mammoths, Sabertooths, and Hominids

65 Million Years of Mammalian Evolution in Europe

  • Author: Jordi Agustí,Mauricio Antón
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231516339
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 328
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Mammoths, Sabertooths, and Hominids takes us on a journey through 65 million years, from the aftermath of the extinction of the dinosaurs to the glacial climax of the Pleistocene epoch; from the rain forests of the Paleocene and the Eocene, with their lemur-like primates, to the harsh landscape of the Pleistocene Steppes, home to the woolly mammoth. It is also a journey through space, following the migrations of mammal species that evolved on other continents and eventually met to compete or coexist in Cenozoic Europe. Finally, it is a journey through the complexity of mammalian evolution, a review of the changes and adaptations that have allowed mammals to flourish and become the dominant land vertebrates on Earth. With the benefit of recent advances in geological and geophysical techniques, Jordi Agustí and Mauricio Antón are able to trace the processes of mammalian evolution as never before; events that hitherto appeared synchronous or at least closely related can now be distinguished on a scale of hundreds or even dozens of thousands of years, revealing the dramatic importance of climactic changes both major and minor. Evolutionary developments are rendered in magnificent illustrations of the many extraordinary species that once inhabited Europe, detailing their osteology, functional anatomy, and inferred patterns of locomotion and behavior. Based on the latest research and field work, Mammoths, Sabertooths, and Hominids transforms our understanding of how mammals evolved and changed the face of the planet.

I, Mammal

I, Mammal

The Story of What Makes Us Mammals

  • Author: Liam Drew
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1472922921
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 288
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Humans are mammals. Most of us appreciate that at some level. But what does it mean for us to have more in common with a horse and an elephant than we do with a parrot, snake or frog? After a misdirected football left new father Liam Drew clutching a uniquely mammalian part of his anatomy, he decided to find out more. Considering himself as a mammal first and a human second, Liam delves into ancient biological history to understand what it means to be mammalian. In his humorous and engaging style, Liam explores the different characteristics that distinguish mammals from other types of animals. He charts the evolution of milk, warm blood and burgeoning brains, and examines the emergence of sophisticated teeth, exquisite ears, and elaborate reproductive biology, plus a host of other mammalian innovations. Entwined are tales of zoological peculiarities and reflections on how being a mammal has shaped the author's life. I, Mammal is a history of mammals and their ancestors and of how science came to grasp mammalian evolution. And in celebrating our mammalian-ness, Liam Drew binds us a little more tightly to the five and a half thousand other species of mammal on this planet and reveals the deep roots of many traits humans hold dear.

Life on Air

Life on Air

Memoirs of a Broadcaster

  • Author: David Attenborough
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780691113234
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 384
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The author of The Life of Birds and The Private Life of Plants discusses his early career decision to work with the BBC's fledgling television service, the discoveries and experiences that led to his appointment as producer, and his career in wildlife broadcasting. (Biography)

Indian Mammals

Indian Mammals

A Field Guide

  • Author: Vivek Menon
  • Publisher: Hachette India
  • ISBN: 9350097613
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 528
  • View: 5589
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An invaluable reference and exceptionally usable guide to the mammals of India Covering the rich diversity of mammal species in India, from tigers, elephants, rhinos and whales to primates, rodents and bats, Indian Mammals is a comprehensive, field-ready and illustrated guide. Accompanied by superb full-colour photographs, supplementary illustrations and distribution maps, and based on impeccable scientific research reviewed by experts, Indian Mammals records details of virtually every mammal known to exist in India. The in-depth, up-to-date text by Vivek Menon, one of India's leading naturalists and an authority on Indian wildlife, describes key identification features, biometrics, behaviour, social strategies, habitat and distribution. Encyclopaedic in sweep yet accessible in approach, Indian Mammals includes the majestic and most sought after as well as the extraordinary and elusive mammals. Passionate wildlife watchers will appreciate the range of coverage and tips on identifying mammals, while naturalists will value the exacting detail needed to distinguish similar species in the field. Planned for easy reference, this compact guide is the essential resource for wildlifers of any age, from animal watchers and eco-tourists to active conservationists. ? More than 400 species of both land and water mammals with introductory pages on each order ? Over 1,000 carefully curated photographs ? Nearly 150 distribution maps ? Colour tabs for sections to facilitate ease of use ? The full index doubles up as a life-list ? Field notes reveal uncommon on-site experiences

Life in the Undergrowth

Life in the Undergrowth

  • Author: David Attenborough
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 288
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"This book is an attempt to survey all the small creatures without backbones that live on land--in technical terms, the terrestrial invertebrates"--Foreword.

Beasts of Eden

Beasts of Eden

Walking Whales, Dawn Horses, and Other Enigmas of Mammal Evolution

  • Author: David Rains Wallace
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520237315
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 340
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In this account of early mammals and their evolution, a leading naturalist presents fossil discoveries such as towering mammoths, tiny horses, and whales with legs, among other exotic extinct species, providing an expansive perspective on the grandeur of evolution.

The Private Life of Plants

The Private Life of Plants

A Natural History of Plant Behaviour

  • Author: David Attenborough
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Botany
  • Page: 320
  • View: 5407
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Without plants, there would be no food, no animals of any sorts, no life on earth at all. Yet for most of the time their lives remain a secret to us, hidden, private events. The reason is merely a difference of time. Plants live on a different time-scale from ours. Though not obviously to the naked eye, they are constantly on the move: developing, fighting, avoiding or exploiting predators or neighbours, struggling to find food, to increase their territories, to reproduce themselves, to find and hold a place in the sun. We only need to learn to look. In this book, and his BBC television series, David Attenborough does look. He examines in turn the great trials of plant life the world over: 1 Travelling 2 Growing 3 Flowering 4 The Social Struggle 5 Living Together 6 Surviving David Attenborough shows us the natural world and how it works, with a clarity and infectious enthusiasm that few other writers or film-makers ahve matched. One of the most successful teachers of the late 20th century, his books and films are consistently of the highest quality. The Private Life of Plants is central to his work, the background to all that he has studied so far. Given this fascinating new view of vegetable life, anything that grows on soil or rock or water, in open country or the smallest garden, suddenly it seems quite different: less gentle altogether, in restless motion night and day, locked in the endless competition necessary for survivial. ""This is David Attenborough at his best . . .Full of delights and surprises, even for those who thought they knew about the seemingly passive green world around us."" Professor Grenville Lucas Keeper of the Herbarium and Library, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The life of mammals

The life of mammals

  • Author: Leonard Harrison Matthews
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 340
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Classification of Mammals

Classification of Mammals

Above the Species Level

  • Author: Malcolm C. McKenna,Susan K. Bell
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 9780231528535
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 640
  • View: 1958
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-- Jean-Louis Hartenberger, Nature

The Encyclopedia of Mammals

The Encyclopedia of Mammals

  • Author: David MacDonald
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 976
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The ultimate reference book on mammals, this groundbreaking work is unrivalled in its academic scope and coverage, its stunning photography, and its reader-friendly language and layout. It includes feature articles on fascinating topics, breathtaking photo stories, and quick-access Factfile panels.

Secret Lives of Carnivorous Marsupials

Secret Lives of Carnivorous Marsupials

  • Author: Andrew Baker,Chris Dickman
  • Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING
  • ISBN: 1486305164
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 328
  • View: 6412
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Most living carnivorous marsupials lead a secretive and solitary existence. From tiny insect eaters to the formidable Tasmanian Devil, Secret Lives of Carnivorous Marsupials offers rare insight into the history and habits of these creatures – from their discovery by intrepid explorers and scientists to their unique life cycles and incredible ways of hunting prey. Secret Lives of Carnivorous Marsupials provides a guide to the world’s 136 living species of carnivorous marsupials and is packed with never-before-seen photos. Biogeography, relationships and conservation are also covered in detail. Readers are taken on a journey through remote Australia, the Americas and dark, mysterious New Guinea – some of the last truly wild places on Earth. The book describes frenzied mating sessions, minuscule mammals that catch prey far larger than themselves, and extinct predators including marsupial lions, wolves and even sabre-toothed kangaroos.

Life on Earth

Life on Earth

A Natural History

  • Author: David Attenborough
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 9780002199414
  • Category: Evolution
  • Page: 319
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