Paleontology & Geology

Fossil Invertebrates

by Paul D. Taylor and David N. Lewis
Cambridge (MA): Harvard University Press, 2007. 208 pages.

"Our aim in this book," the authors explain, "is to introduce examples of the more common fossil invertebrates from around the world, as well as some rarer but scientifically significant fossils.

Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History

by Xiaoming Wang and Richard H. Tedford
New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. 232 pages.

Wang and Tedford present a detailed portrait of the evolution of canids over the past 40 million years, with chapters on methods of study and the place of dogs in nature, the origin of canids and other doglike carnivorous mammals, diversity: who is who in the dog family, anatomy and function: how the parts work, hunting and social activity, changing environments and canid evolution, going places: braving new worlds, and domestic dogs. John J.

Fossil Horses: Systematics, Paleobiology, and Evolution of the Family Equidae

by Bruce J. MacFadden
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 384 pages.

From the publisher: "The family Equidae have an extensive fossil record spanning the last 58 million years, and the evolution of the horse has frequently been used as a classic example of long-term evolution. In recent years, however, there have been many important discoveries of fossil horses, and these, in conjunction with such new methods as cladistics, and techniques like precise geochronology, have allowed us to achieve a much greater understanding of the evolution and biology of this important group.

Beasts of Eden: Walking Whales, Dawn Horses, and Other Enigmas of Mammal Evolution

by David Rains Wallace
Berkeley (CA): University of California Press, 2005. 368 pages.

From the publisher: "In this literate and entertaining book, eminent naturalist David Rains Wallace brings the saga of ancient mammals to a general audience for the first time.

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.

The Beginning of the Age of Mammals

by Kenneth D. Rose
Baltimore (MD): The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. 448 pages.

The Beginning of the Age of Mammals provides a magisterial (and marvelously illustrated) survey of the evolution of mammals, beginning with their origin in the Mesozoic and continuing through the early Cenozoic.

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 ...