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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. The amateur or layperson attempting to tackle this book will face a steep learning curve, but if successfully completed much will be learned, and it will have proven the doggedness of his/her interest."