The Rise of Horses: 55 Million Years of Evolution

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Overview

One of the world's leading experts on horse evolution traces the origins, evolution, and diversification of the equines.

Long domesticated, related to rhinoceroses, and descended from a creature the size of a hare, horses are a fascinating study in evolution. Jens Franzen's account explores the early evolution and eventual diversification of horse anatomy to explain how and why these once widespread and varied mammals became the common horses, zebras, and asses we know today. Beginning with their evolutionary rise roughly 55 million years ago, Franzen traces a history etched in fossils. He explains how improving body construction and energy balance allowed some horses to enter and thrive in new environments while others failed and became extinct. In presenting this story, Franzen hews closely to the Frankfurt theory of evolution and explains how it applies to the wide variations in the evolution of horse species.

Accessibly written and featuring full-color photographs and illustrations throughout, The Rise of Horses is the complete chronicle of the evolution of the equids.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

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Goff combines teaching and research to create a novel way of looking at athletics.

Mammalia
A comprehensive account, with full-coloured photographs and clear drawings that are very useful for teachers and students.

— Evelyne Bremond-Hoslet & Christian Denys

Quarterly Review of Biology
A good overview of horse evolution.

— Juha Saarinen

Mammalia - Evelyne Bremond-Hoslet & Christian Denys
A comprehensive account, with full-coloured photographs and clear drawings that are very useful for teachers and students.
Quarterly Review of Biology - Juha Saarinen
A good overview of horse evolution.
Choice
Goff combines teaching and research to create a novel way of looking at athletics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801893735
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,044,563
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jens Lorenz Franzen is the former head of the Department of Paleoanthropology and Quartenary Paleontology at Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. He has published hundreds of articles on fossils and evolution and is widely recognized as a leading expert on horse evolution.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Prologue 1

2 Introduction 12

3 The Depths of Time 28

4 Europe in the Eocene 39

5 The Dawn Horses of the Morning Cloud 45

6 Constructions and Functions 77

7 Discovering Horse Evolution 100

8 Evolution and Expansion of the Horses 117

9 Pseudo Horses and Relatives of Horses 145

10 The Ice Age and the Roots of Modern Horses 165

11 Conclusion 176

Exhibits on the Evolution of Horses 185

Further Reading 195

Index 207

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