National Geographic Prehistoric Mammals


Written by one of the world's foremost paleontologists, Prehistoric Mammals gives children a rare glimpse at a world gone by in a stunningly illustrated, incredibly comprehensive reference book.
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Written by one of the world's foremost paleontologists, Prehistoric Mammals gives children a rare glimpse at a world gone by in a stunningly illustrated, incredibly comprehensive reference book.
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Children's Literature
This book features scientific research, detailed profiles and stunning illustrations of more than one hundred prehistoric mammals. The vivid pictures and photographs are so real it seems they are going to fly off the page. The past 65 million years is known as the Age of Mammals. It follows the previous 150 million years when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. We all know that kangaroos are marsupials, but there once was a marsupial lion and marsupial wolf. The earliest pigs first appeared in Africa and some were the size of cows. Detailed profiles of the mammals include fossil findings, range maps, comparisons and timelines. A glossary, index and list of museums are also included for additional resources. This book is a great reference for reports or for students just wanting to learn more about animals of the prehistoric time period. 2004, National Geographic Society, Ages 10 to 13.
—Michele Wilbur
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792271345
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 265,950
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
What is a mammal? 10
Age of Mammals 12
Eocene 14
Oligocene 16
Miocene 18
Pliocene 20
Pleistocene 22
Other creatures of the Cenozoic era 24
Mammal deposits 26
Reconstructions from fossils 28
How we know 30
What they ate 32
Social behavior 34
Classification 36
Mammal groupings 38
The Mammals
Prehistoric profiles 40
Reptiles into Mammals
Mammal-like reptiles 42
Cynodonts-"near-mammals" 44
Primitive Mammals
Mesozoic mammals 46
Marsupials 48
Kangaroos 50
Australian marsupials 52
Wombats 54
South American marsupials 56
Primitive Placentals
Eomaia 58
Aardvarks 59
Sea cows and relatives 60
Deinotheres 62
Gomphotheres 64
True mastodons 66
Elephantids 68
Mammoths 70
Arsinoitheres 74
Sloths 78
Glyptodonts 80
Rodents 82
Early primates 84
Monkeys 86
Apes 88
Australopithecines 90
Paranthropus 94
Homo erectus 96
Homo antecessor 98
Neandertals 100
Homo sapiens 101
Insectivores 102
Bats 104
Creodonts 108
Bear-dogs 110
Dogs 112
Bears 116
Seals and relatives 118
Mustelids 119
Nimravids 120
Civets 121
Cats 122
Xenosmilus 124
Smilodon 126
Hyenas 130
Early ungulates 132
Dinocerates 134
Primitive whales 136
Whales 138
Cloven-hoofed Mammals
Entelodonts 142
Hippopotamids 146
Pigs 148
Camels and relatives 150
Deer and relatives 152
Deer 154
Antelope 156
Cattle and bison 158
Bison 160
South American Ungulates
Notoungulates 162
Litopterns 164
Astrapotheres 168
Palaeotheres 170
Rhinoceroses 172
Indricotheres 174
Chalicotheres 176
Early horses 178
Later horses 180
Brontotheres 184
Museums/Glossary 188
Index 190
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