The Beginning of the Age of Mammals

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Overview

In the tradition of G. G. Simpson's classic work, Kenneth D. Rose's The Beginning of the Age of Mammals analyzes the events that occurred directly before and after the mysterious K-T boundary which so quickly thrust mammals from obscurity to planetary dominance.

Rose surveys the evolution of mammals, beginning with their origin from cynodont therapsids in the Mesozoic, contemporary with dinosaurs, through the early Cenozoic, with emphasis on the Paleocene and Eocene adaptive radiations of therian mammals. Focusing on the fossil record, he presents the anatomical evidence used to interpret behavior and phylogenetic relationships. The life's work of one of the most knowledgeable researchers in the field, this richly illustrated, magisterial book combines sound scientific principles and meticulous research and belongs on the shelf of every paleontologist and mammalogist.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Nature
This beautiful and thorough book will be an essential tool for all those who work on fossil and extant mammals, and for both advanced undergraduate and graduate students. It is a 'must buy' for palaeontological libraries.

— Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska

Choice

This volume will be extremely valuable, particularly for mammalogists used to dealing only with the time slice of the Recent... Highly recommended.

Quarterly Review of Biology
The first comprehensive synthesis of mammal evolution in more than 20 years. It is arguably the most significant contribution to the field since George Simpson's classic work Principles of Classification and a Classification of Mammals.

— Amy Chew

Evolutionary Anthropology
Will almost certainly become a heavily used reference and mainstay in the classroom for students and teachers of mammalian evolution... Deserving of accolades as a particularly noteworthy achievement.

— Christopher C. Gilbert

Mammalian Biology
Remarkable book.

— Peter Langer

Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
Authoritative, up-to-date, and full of references to corroborate synthetic overviews of major events in mammalian evolution. Ken Rose does his profession a service by providing a compact analysis of the history of the diverse Class Mammalia through the end of the Eocene Epoch and beyond.

— Lawrence J. Flynn

Journal of Mammalian Evolution
A must reference for all mammalian and aspiring mammalian paleontologists.

— J.D. Archibald

Nature - Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska
This beautiful and thorough book will be an essential tool for all those who work on fossil and extant mammals, and for both advanced undergraduate and graduate students. It is a 'must buy' for palaeontological libraries.
Quarterly Review of Biology - Amy Chew
The first comprehensive synthesis of mammal evolution in more than 20 years. It is arguably the most significant contribution to the field since George Simpson's classic work Principles of Classification and a Classification of Mammals.
Evolutionary Anthropology - Christopher C. Gilbert
Will almost certainly become a heavily used reference and mainstay in the classroom for students and teachers of mammalian evolution... Deserving of accolades as a particularly noteworthy achievement.
Mammalian Biology - Peter Langer
Remarkable book.
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology - Lawrence J. Flynn
Authoritative, up-to-date, and full of references to corroborate synthetic overviews of major events in mammalian evolution. Ken Rose does his profession a service by providing a compact analysis of the history of the diverse Class Mammalia through the end of the Eocene Epoch and beyond.
Journal of Mammalian Evolution - J.D. Archibald
A must reference for all mammalian and aspiring mammalian paleontologists.
Choice
This volume will be extremely valuable, particularly for mammalogists used to dealing only with the time slice of the Recent... Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801884726
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth D. Rose is a professor at the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a research associate at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. He is co-editor of The Rise of Placental Mammals: Origins and Relationships of the Major Extant Clades, also published by Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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    Posted January 12, 2012

    Too expensive!!!

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