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After the Dinosaurs: The Age of Mammals

by Donald R. Prothero
Bloomington (IN): Indiana University Press, 2006. 384 pages.

Donald R. Prothero offers a comprehensive look at the diversification of the mammals throughout the Cenozoic Era, suitable for the specialist and the general reader alike.

The Origin and Evolution of Mammals

by T. S. Kemp
New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. 342 pages.

"These are exciting times to be a palaeomammalogist!" T. S. Kemp exclaims in his introduction to his textbook, which updates and extends his Mammal-like Reptiles and the Origin of Mammals (1982). The reviewer for the Journal of Mammalian Evolution comments, "The readership targeted consists mostly of university students and paleontologists, but some of the broader topics will be of interest to evolutionary biologists and most scientists with a natural history background.

Mammoths, Sabertooths, and Hominids: 65 Million Years of Mammalian Evolution in Europe

by Jordi Agustí and Mauricio Antón
New York: Columbia University Press, 2005. 328 pages.

From the publisher: "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. ... 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."

Glorified Dinosaurs: The Origin and Early Evolution of Birds

by Luis Chiappe
Hoboken (NJ): John Wiley & Sons, 2007. 192 pages.

Glorified Dinosaurs presents a comprehensive summary of the exciting paleontological discoveries that provide evidence for the dinosaurian ancestry of birds. The reviewer for Natural History wrote, "In this handsome book, whose brilliant illustrations and magisterial breadth beg comparison with Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson's classic monograph, The Ants, Chiappe lays out the evidence and presents the case with a flourish ...

The Bone Museum: Travels in the Lost Worlds of Dinosaurs and Birds

by Wayne Grady
New York: Basic Books, 2003. 304 pages.

In The Bone Museum, science journalist Wayne Grady wittily and insightfully chronicles his travels around the world with the paleontologist Philip J. Currie as he continues to investigate the evolutionary connections between dinosaurs and birds.

Feathered Dinosaurs

by Christopher Sloan
New York: National Geographic Children's Books, 2000. 64 pages.

Aimed at readers in middle school, Feathered Dinosaurs offers a scientifically accurate and lavishly illustrated introduction to the evidence for the dinosaurian ancestry of birds. The reviewer for Booklist writes, "Sloan puts all the facts together in a way that is engaging, accessible, and intriguing enough to get readers hooked on nonfiction." "The feathered and nearly feathered dinosaurs are among the most exciting animals to be discovered in the fossil record for decades," Kevin Padian proclaims.

Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

by Stephen Jay Gould
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1990. 352 pages.

In Wonderful Life, Gould tells the story of the reinterpretation of the unusual fossils of the Burgess Shale: "a grand and wonderful story of the highest intellectual merit — with no one killed, no one even injured or scratched, but a new world revealed." Reviewing Wonderful Life for Nature, Richard A. Fortey wrote, "There is no question about the historical importance of the Burgess Shale, and Gould is right when he says that it deserves a place in the public consciousness along with big bangs and black holes ....

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dinosaurs

by Jay Stevenson and George R McGhee
New York: Alpha, 1998. 326 pages.

NCSE President Kevin Padian promises on the cover, "If you're feeling inferior because your kids are geniuses about dinosaurs, then this book is for you." Full color illustrations and up-to-date, non-technical descriptions of dinosaurs' physical characteristics and behavior as well as likely reasons for their disappearance.

Digging Dinosaurs

by John R. Horner and James Gorman
New York: Harper Perennial, 1990. 208 pages.

Jack Horner is well known as the model for the iconoclastic Jurassic Park paleontologist, but the real story of his discovery of the stupendous 10,000-specimen Maiosaur site, complete with nests, eggs, and hatchlings, is even more impressive than the movie. His collaborator, science writer James Gorman, keeps the prose moving in a conversational style. Well-illustrated.

In Search of Deep Time: Beyond the Fossil Record to a New History of Life

by Henry Gee
New York: Free Press, 1999. 272 pages.

In In Search of Deep TIme, Henry Gee, Chief Science Writer at Nature, presents a painless and compelling introduction to cladistics, the approach to analyzing evolutionary relationships that revolutionized systematic biology. NCSE President Kevin Padian says, "This is a subversive book. Read it only if you want to know how scientists actually do their work, as opposed to the mythology of textbooks and documentaries. In it, you will discovery how and why the beloved Linnean system of taxonomy — the one that gave us classes and orders and families, oh my!

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