In Pursuit of Early Mammals
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In Pursuit of Early Mammals presents the history of the mammals that lived during the Mesozoic era, the time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, and describes their origins, anatomy, systematics, paleobiology, and distribution. It also tells the story of the author, a world-renowned specialist on these animals, and the other prominent paleontologists who have studied them. Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska was the first woman to lead large-scale paleontological expeditions, including eight to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, which brought back important collections of dinosaur, early mammal, and other fossils. She shares the difficulties and pleasures encountered in finding rare fossils and describes the changing views on early mammals made possible by these discoveries.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 182.88 x 256.54 x 27.94mm | 793.78g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 7 color illus., 71 b&w illus.
  • 0253008174
  • 9780253008176
  • 127,737

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Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska provides a thorough review of the current state of early mammalian paleontology presented through the unique historical filter of someone who was at the foremost of the field for over half a century. Overall, this book provides an excellent description of the Mesozoic mammals. In addition to the author's personal experiences, she provides an overview of today's knowledge, with excellent illustrations, readable and up-to-date, and accompanied by a wealth of information on the people who have helped to further our knowledge. The reviewer is not aware of a similar work by another author. The book is recommended for anyone who is interested in the early history of the mammal . . . * Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie * Mesozoic mammal fossils are the focus of this fascinating book, which reviews both the fossils themselves and the history of their discovery. Paleontologist Kielan-Jaworowska . . . is uniquely qualified to synthesize the state of this field with its history; she has worked with various international collaborators for 50 years . . . Highly recommended. * Choice * Part textbook, part personal narrative, this book succeeds in blending genres because of the warmth of the author. Whether she's talking about how mammals evolved their distinctive ear bones, or how she built a cabin out of plywood during a particularly cold field season in the Gobi, you know that a remarkable, passionate person is telling a story of science and adventure in her own words. * Priscum *show more

About Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska

Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska, Professor Emerita at the Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, is a world-renowned specialist on Mesozoic mammals. She is author of Hunting for Dinosaurs and (with R. L. Cifelli and Z.-X. Luo) Mammals from the Age of Dinosaurs: Origins, Evolution, and Structure. Between 1963 and 1971, Kielan-Jaworowska organized eight paleontological expeditions to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. These expeditions assembled an impressive collection of dinosaurs and Cretaceous mammals. Her research has focused on the study of the detailed structure of the brain and musculature of early mammals and their evolutionary relationships.show more

Table of contents

Preface1. Introduction2. Methods: Collecting Materials and Establishing Relationships3. Paleontological Exploration of Mongolia by American, Japanese, Soviet and Russian Expeditions4. Polish-Mongolian Expeditions, and the Nomadic Expedition, 20025. Origins of Mammals and the Earliest Representatives of Mammaliaforms and Mammals6. Haramiyidans and Probable Related Forms7. Docodontans8. Eutriconodontans9. Monotremes and the Issue of Australosphenida and Boreosphenida10. Multituberculates and Gondwanatherians11. "Symmetrodontans"12. "Eupantotherians" and the Origin of Pseudotribosphenic Molars13. Tribotheria, Matatheria, and the Issue of Deltatheroida14. Eutherian and Placental Mammals15. Paleobiology of Mammaliaforms and Early Mammals 16. Diversification of Mammaliaforms and Mesozoic Mammals: A SummaryBibliographyIndexshow more

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