Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History

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Xiaoming Wang has spent the past 20 years studying the evolutionary history of the family Canidae, and Richard H. Tedford is well known for having established the modern framework for the evolutionary relationship of canids. Combining their research with Mauricio Anton's impeccable reconstructions of both extinct and extant species, Wang and Tedford present a remarkably detailed and nuanced portrait of the origin and evolution of canids over the past 40 million years.

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Overview

Xiaoming Wang has spent the past 20 years studying the evolutionary history of the family Canidae, and Richard H. Tedford is well known for having established the modern framework for the evolutionary relationship of canids. Combining their research with Mauricio Anton's impeccable reconstructions of both extinct and extant species, Wang and Tedford present a remarkably detailed and nuanced portrait of the origin and evolution of canids over the past 40 million years.

The authors cull their history from the most recent scientific research conducted in the vast collections of the American Museum of Natural History and other leading institutions. Perhaps because canids inhabited wide-open terrains, where terrestrial sediments are best preserved, their fossil records, particularly those from North America, are the strongest of their kind among known groups of carnivorans. Such a wonderfully detailed evolutionary history provides access to a natural history that is not possible with many other groups of carnivorans.

With their rich fossil records, diverse adaptations to various environments, and different predatory specializations, canids are an ideal model organism for the mapping of predator behaviors and morphological specializations. They also offer an excellent contrast to felids, which remain entrenched in extreme predatory specializations. The innovative illustrated approach of this book is the perfect accompaniment to an extremely important branch of animal and fossil study. It transforms the science of paleontology into a thrilling visual experience and provides an unprecedented reference for anyone fascinated by dogs.

About the Author:
Xiaoming Wang iscurator of vertebrate paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and has been studying the evolutionary history of the family Canidae for the past 20 years

About the Author:
Richard H. Tedford is curator emeritus in the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, New York

About the Author:
Mauricio Anton is a paleontological artist based at the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

An easy-to-read text, accompanied by Anton's marvelous illustrations... Recommended.

Fossil News

A definitive, readable treatment of the evolution of the canine clan.

American Paleomtologist

Sets a new standard.... With Anton's imagery, Wang and Tedford's Dogs is nothing short of wonderful.

Toronto Globe & Mail
A must-read for dog junkies.

— H.J. Kirchhoff

American Paleontologist
Nothing short of wonderful.

— Richard A. Kissel

Toronto Globe & Mail - H.J. Kirchhoff

A must-read for dog junkies.

American Paleontologist - Richard A. Kissel

Nothing short of wonderful.

Choice

An easy-to-read text, accompanied by Anton's marvelous illustrations... Recommended.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231135283
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/26/2008
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Xiaoming Wang is a curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and has been studying the evolutionary history of the family Canidae for the past twenty years. In collaboration with Richard H. Tedford, he has published three volumes on the fossil canids of North America.

Richard H. Tedford is curator emeritus in the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History.

Mauricio Antón is a paleontological artist based at the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid. Among his books are, with Jordi Agustí, Mammoths, Sabertooths, and Hominids: 65 Million Years of Mammalian Evolution in Europe and, with Alan Turner, The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives: An Illustrated Guide to Their Evolution and Natural History and Evolving Eden: An Illustrated Guide to the Evolution of the African Large Mammal Fauna.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Methods of Study and the Place of Dogs in Nature     1
The Origin of Canids and Other Doglike Carnivorous Mammals     7
Diversity: Who Is Who in the Dog Family     23
Anatomy and Function: How the Parts Work     69
Hunting and Social Activity     103
Changing Environments and Canid Evolution     117
Going Places: Braving New Worlds     139
Domestic Dogs     153
Canid Species and Classification     169
Phylogenetic Tree of the Family Canidae     177
Glossary     181
Further Reading     187
Index     209
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