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The Rise of Placental Mammals: Origins and Relationships of the Major Extant Clades

by Kenneth D. Rose and J. David Archibald
Baltimore (MD): The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005. 280 pages.

Rose and Archibald preside over a detailed summary of both the consensus and significant minority viewpoints on the initial radiation and ordinal relationships of placental mammals. In their preface, the editors explain that they asked the contributors "to summarize objectively the current state of knowledge and views about the origin and relationships of placental clades," and add, "Although we are certainly not unbiased ourselves, we feel that the authors have admirably fulfilled our request." The reviewer for Science wrote, "The volume should be welcome bedside reading for all mammal systematicists and anyone interested in the evolution of mammals."