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. Flynn of the American Museum of Natural History praises Dogs as "[a] breezy and highly engaging romp through the rich history of the Canidae ... a compelling picture of this fascinating group of carnivores."