The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives: An Illustrated Guide to Their Evolution and Natural History

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Overview

In this beautifully illustrated natural history that links extinct larger feline species with those still in existence, collaborators Alan Turner and Mauricio Anton weave together the evidence of modern feline behavior with that of the fossil record. Turner's clear, insightful prose and Anton's masterly illustrations combine to offer specialists and newcomers alike an accurate and accessible guide to the evolution of cats.

Columbia University Press

Voted Best Book on Prehistoric Animals of 1997 by the readers of Prehistoric Times

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Editorial Reviews

BioScience
Whether your interest is scientific or you merely wonder what a giant cat whose teeth inspired the name 'he who brings devastation'looked like, this book is not to be missed.

— Luke Hunter

The Quarterly Review of Biology
A well-written, informative, and beautifully illustrated guide to the large cats, both extinct and extant.

— Blaire Van Valkenburgh

Choice
A very interesting book — a cross between popular natural history and a coffee table volume.

— F. S. Szalay

New Scientist
Beautifully illustrated.... Clearly, this work has been a labour of love for both author and illustrator.

— Douglas Palmer

Science
Antón's illustrations, refreshingly 'based directly on the skeletal evidence available and... not merely slightly altered versions of living cats with the addition of large fangs,'are perhaps the finest ever published. They are intertwined with Turner's cogent text in an eloquent demonstration of the interplay between art and science, paleontology and zoology, predator and prey, ecology and behavior, and anatomy and geography.

— Dawn A. Adams

BioScience - Luke Hunter

Whether your interest is scientific or you merely wonder what a giant cat whose teeth inspired the name 'he who brings devastation'looked like, this book is not to be missed.

The Quarterly Review of Biology - Blaire Van Valkenburgh

A well-written, informative, and beautifully illustrated guide to the large cats, both extinct and extant.

Choice - F.S. Szalay
A very interesting book — a cross between popular natural history and a coffee table volume.
New Scientist - Douglas Palmer

Beautifully illustrated.... Clearly, this work has been a labour of love for both author and illustrator.

Science - Dawn A. Adams

Antón's illustrations, refreshingly 'based directly on the skeletal evidence available and... not merely slightly altered versions of living cats with the addition of large fangs,'are perhaps the finest ever published. They are intertwined with Turner's cogent text in an eloquent demonstration of the interplay between art and science, paleontology and zoology, predator and prey, ecology and behavior, and anatomy and geography.

Choice - F. S. Szalay

A very interesting book -- a cross between popular natural history and a coffee table volume.

Douglas Palmer
Beautifully illustrated. . . . Clearly, this work has been a labour of love for both author and illustrator.
Luke Hunter
Whether your interest is scientific or you merely wonder what a giant cat whose teeth inspired the name 'he who brings devastation´ looked like, this book is not to be missed.
F. S. Szalay
A very interesting book -a cross between popular natural history and a coffee table volume.
Dawn A. Adams
As Alan Turner notes, relatively little has been written for the non-specialist about the evolution of the cats. He and artist Mauricio Antón therefore set out to provide 'an authoritative and yet popular and accessible account of the evolution of the larger cats by bringing together the evidence of modern behavior and the fossil record.´ Their book does exactly that. Antón´s illustrations, refreshingly 'based directly on the skeletal evidence available and . . . not merely slightly altered versions of living cats with the addition of large fangs, ´ are perhaps the finest ever published. They are intertwined with Turner´s cogent text in an eloquent demonstration of the interplay between art and science, paleontology and zoology, predator and prey, ecology and behavior, and anatomy and geography.
Blaire Van Valkenburgh
A well-written, informative, and beautifully illustrated guide to the large cats, both extinct and extant.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231102292
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/17/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 453,052
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Turner is a paleontologist and reader in vertebrate paleontology in the School of Biological and Earth Schiences at Liverpool John Moores University and is a former senior curator of paleontology at the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria, South Africa.Mauricio Antón specializes in creating images that bring prehistoric creatures and their environments back to life. He has been an illustrator for nearly 30 years.

Columbia University Press

Mauricio Antón is an artist and scientific illustrator based at the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid. His work has appeared in numerous scientific publications, including the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Alan Turner is a paleontologist and reader in vertebrate paleontology in the School of Biological and Earth Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University and is a former senior curator of paleontology at the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria, South Africa.

Columbia University Press

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2003

    An amazing zoological feat!

    By far the best and most detailed book ever written about extinct cats, especially sabertooths. The pictures are incredible. It is one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2000

    A Big hit for the Earth Science Regents Project

    This was a great book! I had an Earth Science project on the Evolution of Cats and this book was the only source I needed. It was that great and had that much information. I never knew there was such a great book about Cats!

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